DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team kicks off the 2006-07 campaign with a non-conference match against No. 15 Boston College Eagles on Friday night in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.
It’s an exciting time in Durham as the program is back in the forefront on campus. The University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team is experiencing resurgence in its program and the basketball faithful have returned with hopes of New Hampshire making a strong push for a conference championship title.
     Under second-year head coach Bill Herrion; the team posted a 12-17 record last season, posting its most wins since 1995.  Herrion returns for his second season at the helm of the Wildcats and 10th season as a head coach in the America East.  Herrion boasts an all-time career record of 249-186 and is one win away from 250 career wins.
Although last season was memorable in which the team surpassed many expectations, including an astounding fifth-place finish in the standings, New Hampshire looks to take its program to the next level in a push for the conference championship.
     The Wildcats return most of their core players, including four starters, and welcome seven new members to the team.  One of the biggest problems for the Wildcats last season was rebounding.  With returning players coming back stronger and conditioned along with the newest players, New Hampshire has arguably put its best foot forward in addressing its needs and putting together a stronger team ready to play the better teams around.
    Senior guard Jermaine Anderson (Beverly, Mass.), who was second in Division I free throw percentage last season, is expected to lead the Wildcats at the point guard position.  Anderson was third on the team in scoring and led in assists with 79 and steals with 35. 
    Joining Anderson at the guard position is sophomore Tyrece Gibbs (Brockton, Mass.), who shot .462 (72 of 156) from the field.  Gibbs finished his freshman campaign averaging 6.8 points a game. 
    Jude Roybal, (Albuquerque, N.M.) 5-10, 170-pound guard from Cochise College in Arizona, provides needed depth at the point guard position as well as experience at the college level.  While at Cochise, Roybal averaged 10 points per game and was eighth in the nation in assists with 235 on the season.  Roybal is quick, athletic and is a solid defender.
    Herrion also adds Dan McGeary, Arin Dunn and Joe Cheslock to the guard positions.
    McGeary, a 6-1, 175-pound guard, graduated from Roxbury Latin School where he helped lead the team to the Class C playoffs for the first time in five years.  A three-time First-Team All-Conference selection, the Boston area native set a school record for most points in a game with 38. At Northfield Mt. Hermon Prep (Northfield, Mass.) last season, McGeary averaged 22 points, 6.1 assists and 5.5 rebounds a game.   
    Dunn (Hanover, N.H.) begins his first year at New Hampshire following a year played at the Solebury School, where he averaged 13 points and six assists per game.  Dunn is quick and is a solid defender. 
    Cheslock brings a local flavor to Durham.  A native of nearby Dover, Cheslock played hoops at Dover High where he helped his team to the championship game in 2005 and quarterfinals in 2004.  Cheslock should be a boost to the offense with his 3-point shooting skills.

    America East First-Team player, Blagoj Janev (Sydney, Australia), a senior forward, enjoyed his best season as a Wildcat during 2005-06.  Janev led New Hampshire in scoring, average of 14.4 points a game and he scored in double figures 17 times throughout the season.  Picked to the conference pre-season team, the power forward can play both posts and is a solid shooter from behind the arc.  He looks to improve upon last year both offensively as well as defensively.    
    Junior Mike Christensen (Reston, Va.) returns as a starting forward in the Wildcat lineup.  Christensen was second in scoring and saw a breakthrough in the second half of the season, finishing strong.  At the America East quarterfinals against Hartford, he registered a career-high 22 points as New Hampshire advanced with a 66-62 win.  This season, the Wildcats will need his abilities to defend and find the open shots to power the offense.  Christensen could be one of the better players in the conference.
    Junior forward Brandon Odom (Dorchester, Mass.) is a perimeter player who can add depth to the position.  Odom saw action in 28 games, averaging 3.6 points and 1.8 rebounds per game.
    Sophomore Branimir Zeko (Mississauga, Ontario) should also see more time on the court this season.  Zeko has returned physically conditioned and ready to play.
    Seth Price, a 6-7, 230-pound forward from Grove City, Ohio, comes to UNH after a successful high school career that saw him score over 900 points and grab 562 rebounds as well as shoot 51 percent from the floor.  Price is a strong post player and brings a physical presence inside.
    Sam Herrick (Duxbury, Mass.) will bring needed size to the center position.  The 6-11, 250-pound center averaged 17 points and 12 rebounds per game during his senior year at Duxbury High School.   Herrick not only brings size but also gives depth inside the post.
    After sitting out last year with a previous knee injury, Damion Marshall (Bronx, N.Y.) is ready to make big contributions for the Wildcats.  Marshall is athletic, jumps high and will be looking for minutes inside.
    Freshman Radar Onguetou (Cameroon) comes to Durham after a stellar season at New Hampton School where he averaged 16 points and 13 rebounds per game.  Onguetou will likely see playing time up front where he will strengthen the Wildcat offense in the paint.
    The Wildcats return home for a non-conference game against Franklin Pierce College on Monday (Nov. 13) at 7:00 p.m.    
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