The University of Maine men’s basketball team has used its final scholarship to address its most glaring need and only void following the departure of senior Junior Bernal.
Raheem “Radio” Singleton, a 6-foot, 175-pound point guard from Monroe Community College of Rochester, N.Y., has verbally committed to attend UMaine this coming fall.
“He’s had 10 to 12 Division I offers,” said Monroe head coach Jerry Burns, who coached his Tribunes to their ninth Regional title and two straight trips to the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II national tournament. “The reason he’s going to Maine is he can truly go in there and be an impact player.
“He’s a very good leader and it’s about winning and doing it the right way. He wants to get to the NCAA Tournament. That’s his ultimate goal.”
Singleton, a Boston native whose nickname is from a character in Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” movie, averaged 15 points, 3.8 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 2.1 steals while leading 30-7 Monroe to a No. 6 national ranking.
“He’ll pass the ball first, but he’ll also take the game over with 20 shots if that’s what he has to do,” said Burns. “He’s scored 30 one night and then had three with 10 to 12 assists.”
Burns, who said Singleton was recruited by schools including Wichita State, fellow America East member New Hampshire, Toledo, Central Michigan, East Tennessee State, and Eastern Kentucky University, credited Maine head coach Ted Woodward and assistant Chris Markwood for a successful recruiting effort.
“Not a lot of people went to the extent to recruit him like Maine did,” he said. “The relationship between the coach and the player is very important and I think he really felt comfortable with Chris, and Ted showed early interest right from the start of the season.”
Woodward is prohibited by NCAA rules from commenting on Singleton until after he signs his scholarship. Singleton’s participation is contingent on his admission to the university and compliance with NCAA initial-eligibility requirements.
Singleton has two years of eligibility remaining.