Nissen, Worcester to join UMaine men’s basketball program

Posted April 20, 2013, at 11:36 a.m.
Washburn High School star Mitch Worcester is taking his talents to the University of Maine as a nonscholarship player next season.
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Washburn High School star Mitch Worcester is taking his talents to the University of Maine as a nonscholarship player next season. Buy Photo

ORONO, Maine – University of Maine men’s basketball head coach Ted Woodward has announced the addition of Erik Nissen and Mitch Worcester to the team’s 2013 recruiting class.

Nissen, a 6-foot-9, 220-pound forward from Quispamsis, New Brunswick, averaged 20.9 points, 10.3 rebounds, 3.1 blocks and 2.0 steals per game while shooting 56 percent from the floor for Kennebecasis Valley High School as a senior. He was a two-time New Brunswick Interscholastic Athletic Association South West Player of the Year and a two-time all-star. Nissen was also an Under-17 Canadian National Championship second-team all-star and the New Brunswick Under-17 team MVP.

“We are thrilled to have Erik join our basketball program here at Maine,” Woodward said in a press release. “He is a prospect we have been following over the past year that has a tremendous, versatile skill set, great length, and a great opportunity to develop into a terrific player in our program. He can score inside and out, can handle the ball, defends, and rebounds. Plus, he is a great young man, fantastic student, and will have a positive impact upon our team and the entire University of Maine.”

Worcester, a 6-3, 165-pound guard from Washburn, averaged 32.3 points, 12.0 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game while leading Washburn to a 19-2 record as a senior. He was a State of Maine Mr. Basketball finalist while notching the second-most points in state history with 2,297 career points. Wocrester also led his Maine MAC AAU team to a pair of state championships and three appearances in the national tournament.

“Mitch has had a great high school career, and we are looking forward to him joining our program,” said Woodward. “He shoots the ball at a high level, loves the game, works extremely hard at his skills, and is a tremendous person and student. He had a terrific high school career at Washburn and a terrific AAU career with Maine MAC. We are anxious to have him join our program beginning next fall.”

Worcester initially will be a nonscholarship player.

Nissen and Worcester join previous signee Garet Beal, who has been named the State of Maine Gatorade Player of the Year for the second time and Maine’s Mr. Basketball.

UMaine also has received a verbal commitment from Canadian combination guard Troy Reid-Knight. He is expected to make an official visit to UMaine before signing his National Letter of Intent.

Reid-Knight recently competed for Canada at the FIBA 3-on-3 U18 World Championship in Spain. The team finished fourth.

The eligibility of all student-athletes is contingent upon admission to the University of Maine and compliance with all NCAA rules, including registration with the NCAA Clearinghouse.

TRACK & FIELD

Labreck sets 2 UMaine marks

Jesse Labreck of Oakland set two school records to lead the UMaine women’s track and field team at the Holy Cross multi-event meet on Thursday.

Labreck racked up 5,345 points in the heptathlon to win the event and broke her previous school record of 5,129 points she set earlier this season. She won the 200 meters (25.79 seconds), 800 meters (2:18.51), 100-meter hurdles (13.79), long jump (19-5 1/2) and high jump (5-9 1/4).

Labreck’s high jump established a school record, breaking her previous UMaine-best leap of 5-8 1/2 three years ago.

Allison Fereshetian of Turner also competed in the heptathlon and placed third with 4,487 points. She notched runner up finishes in three events; the 200 (26.38), 100-meter hurdles (14.17) and long jump (17-6 3/4). Jessica McCarthy of Burlington, Mass., was 11th in the heptathlon with 3,993 points, including a runner-up finish in the 800 with a time of 2:24.68.

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