ORONO, Maine — Till Gloger has been among the most dominating frontcourt players this season in Germany’s Nachwuchs Basketball Bundesliga, or NBBL.
Starting in September, the 6-foot-8, 200-pound forward will bring his skills to the University of Maine men’s basketball team.
Head coach Ted Woodward announced Monday that Gloger has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend UMaine on a basketball scholarship.
“We needed to add to our frontcourt,” Woodward said.
“He has been a top recruit of ours all year long in the frontcourt.”
Gloger, who is from Bochum, Germany, plays for the Paderborn Baskets in the German Under-19 NBBL. He leads the league, averaging 25.5 points and 13.5 rebounds per game.
The NBBL All-Star, who is a candidate for the German U-20 National Team, has sparked Paderborn into the league quarterfinals this season.
“He’s got a great knack for scoring, a great feel for the game,” Woodward said. “You have to be somewhat versatile to be able to put up the numbers he puts up.”
The addition of Gloger should bolster a frontcourt that is losing seniors Svetoslav Chetinov and Travon Wilcher. He will join a group led by junior-to-be Alasdair Fraser, senior Mike Allison, sophomore Kilian Cato and redshirt freshman Ethan Mackey.
“He’s got a nice frame to be able to continue to put strength on,” said Woodward, who explained Gloger can play inside with his back to the basket or shoot the jumpshot from 15 to 18 feet. “He’s very efficient in the things that he does.”
The participation of all student-athletes is contingent upon admission to the university and compliance with all NCAA initial-eligibility rules.
John Kolasinski joined some elite company Saturday while coaching the Siena Heights University baseball team.
The former Husson University standout and coach continued his longstanding success when he earned his 400th victory as a collegiate head coach.
The Connecticut native accomplished the feat with a 2-1 victory in the first game of a doubleheader against Northwestern Ohio at Adrian, Mich.
Kolasinski, who departed Husson in 2003 after 15 seasons, guided the former Braves to 284 wins during his tenure. He is in his ninth season at Siena Heights.
Kolasinski also lends his knowledge and experience as the NAIA chairman of the American Baseball Coaches Association’s executive committee.
Strong Mind-Strong Body Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing opportunities in athletics and health for area children, is planning a pool party.
The event will be held from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. April 28 at UMaine’s New Balance Student Recreation Center. The cost is $5, with proceeds to benefit the organization’s 2012 Wellness and Nutrition Camp.
Food and beverages will be provided, while barbecue grills will be accessible for those who wish to bring food to cook.
The Strong Mind-Strong Body program aims to improve the quality of life for each participant, through physical education training, sports fundamentals, arts and crafts and nutrition. Its target audience is low-income households, unemployed, at-risk youth and families needing government assistance.
For information on the event or the camp, call Strong Mind-Strong Body program director Roosevelt Boone at 202-375-8033.