May 19, 2011

Men's Basketball Announces the Signing of Three Student-Athletes

DURHAM, N.H. – Bill Herrion, head coach of the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team and his staff, recently announced that three student-athletes have committed to attend UNH and play for the Wildcat basketball program in the fall.

Garrett Jones, a 6-foot, 185-pound combo guard from Chicago, Ill., joins the Wildcats after averaging 14 points and five assists per game this year. As a senior, Jones led Evanston Township to an 18-11 record on its way to winning the CSL-South Conference Championship. Additionally, the McDonald's All-American nominee led the squad to a Dekalb Holiday Tournament Championship this season. A member of the highly touted Rising Stars AAU program, he posted 24 points per game during his junior year, notching a career-high 51 points against Mundelien High School. During his four varsity seasons, Jones picked up All-Conference honors during his junior and senior years.

"Garrett comes from a very good high school basketball program and is a skilled combo guard that can play the one or two," said Herrion. "He has a strong physical body which will help him adjust to college basketball quicker. We're excited to have him."

Tommy McDonnell, a 6-foot-3-inch, 175-pound combo guard from Durham, N.H., comes to UNH after averaging seven points, four rebounds and two steals per game this year at Bridgton Academy. In the three years prior, McDonnell was a standout at Oyster River High School, posting 18 points and five boards per contest during his senior year. He also collected team MVP and Foster's Daily Democrat All-Dream Team honors, while playing in the New Hampshire versus Vermont all-star game during his senior campaign.

"We are happy to have Tommy. He gives us another New Hampshire product," said Herrion. "The year of prep school has helped develop his game. He's got good length and now he needs to add physical strength to play at the next level."

Jeron Trotman, a 6-foot-6-inch, 220-pound forward from Huntsville, Ala., comes to UNH after spending the last two years with Centenary College. He finished his sophomore season leading the Gentlemen in blocks with 31, while also ranking second on the squad in points per game (9.0) and rebounds per game (6.2). Additionally, he also led the way in field goal percentage with a .460 shooting clip (86-187) from the floor. In the previous season he saw action in 24 contests, leading the team in field goal percentage once again with a 71 percent (37-52) mark. He also ranked second on the team with 18 swats, while averaging 3.6 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. Trotman graduated from Lee High School, lettering in both basketball and tennis. He led the basketball team to an Elite 8 finish, while averaging 18 points and seven rebounds per game during his senior campaign. He was equally active off the court, as he was a member of the National Honor Society and the Student Government Association.

"We're excited to get Jeron. An area that we needed to fill with experience is in the front court," said Herrion. "Being a two year Division I player at Centenary, we are talking about a player who has college games under his belt. He is a hard playing and competitive inside player who will definitely help us in the front court next year."
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