Men's Hoop Adds Pelcher to the Fold

DURHAM, N.H. – University of New Hampshire men's basketball head coach Bill Herrion and his staff announced Thursday that Chris Pelcher (Albany, N.Y.) will join the program and attend UNH this fall after transferring from Iona College.

"We are happy to have Chris join our basketball program," Herrion said. "We needed to add another front court player and with his size and physical abilities he'll fit in our front court."

Pelcher, a 6-foot-10-inch, 240-pound center, played in 35 games, including one start, helping lead the Gaels to a 25-12 record last season as a sophomore. He posted 2.9 points and 2.1 rebounds per game while ranking third on the squad with 17 blocks. Additionally, he posted the third-best field goal percentage on the team with a shooting clip of .603 (38-63) from the field. As a freshman he appeared in 20 games, making one start, serving as a valued role player off the bench.

Prior to arriving at Iona, Pelcher was the No. 45 prospect at the center position and one of the Top 300 recruits in the nation according to ESPNU's basketball recruiting website. He posted 19.6 points per game as a senior at Albany Academy, leading the Cadets to a 22-2 record along with a berth in the NYSPHSAA Section II Class AA championship game and a No. 17 ranking in New York State Class AA. Along the way he collected All-League, All-Section II and NYSSWA Class AA All-State Fifth Team honors.

As a junior he averaged more than 18 points and 12 rebounds per game, earning All-Colonial Council honors for his efforts. In addition to basketball, he was a three-year varsity letter winner for the Cadets' football team and was an Albany Times Union All-Region performer at the tight end position.

The Wildcats add Pelcher to a recruiting class that already featured Garrett Jones (Chicago, Ill.), walk-on Tommy McDonnell (Durham, N.H.) and Jeron Trotman (Huntsville, Ala.).

Jones, a 6-foot, 185-pound combo guard from Chicago, Ill., averaged 14 points and five assists per game this year. As a senior, he 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. Jones picked up All-Conference honors during his junior and senior years.

Trotman, a 6-foot-6-inch, 220-pound forward from Huntsville, Ala., spent 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 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, where he lettered 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.

McDonnell, a 6-foot-3-inch, 175-pound combo guard from Durham, N.H., averaged 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 Twin State All-Star Game during his senior campaign.

In addition to the new signees, the Wildcats will also be bringing back sophomore transfer Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) after sitting out the entire 2010-11 campaign due to NCAA transfer regulations.

Konan, a 6-foot-5-inch, 205-pound forward, started 24 of the 31 games he played in as a freshman with Liberty University. He led the team in field goal percentage (.542), including 42.9 percent (3-7) from behind the arc, was third in rebounding (4.4 rpg) and blocks (9), and fourth in scoring (6.9 ppg). Konan, who originally chose Liberty over offers from Florida International, North Florida, Stetson and Utah State, led the team in scoring three times and rebounding four times.

Prior to arriving at Liberty, Konan prepped at The Rock School in Gainesville, Fla., where he helped the Lions to a 24-5 record and a Final Four appearance in the Florida State High School Championships. Konan was named the North Central Florida 1A-2A Player of the Year after he led The Rock in scoring and rebounding at 14.6 points and 8.3 caroms per game, while hitting on 57.8 percent of his field goal attempts and 31 percent of his 3-point shots. He tallied a season-high 30 points on 12-of-17 shooting to top Lakewood, ranked No. 4 in Class 5A at the time, 79-69, in the opening round of the prestigious 35th Annual Kingdom of the Sun tournament in Ocala, Fla.

New Hampshire will also return senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) and junior forward Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) in 2011-12 after the pair missed the majority of last season due to injury.
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