BANGOR, Maine — Bangor High School senior center Connor Adams has committed to attend Husson University and play basketball for its men’s team, the college announced in a news release Thursday.
The 6-foot-5 Adams averaged 11 points, six rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game last season for the Rams while shooting 66 percent from the field.
He is the first commitment to Husson’s 2014 recruiting class and will study nursing.
“This is a great start to our recruiting class. Connor had a good high school career, and we think his best basketball is ahead of him. He is long, athletic, runs the floor well and catches anything close,” Husson coach Warren Caruso said. “He is a great fit for our system, and we look forward to seeing him on the floor next year.”
Husson is coming off its best season under Caruso, ending the season at 26-3 after falling in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tourney. The Eagles also captured a second straight North Atlantic Conference title, won more than 20 games for the second consecutive season and earned a fourth NCAA Tourney trip in six seasons.
Following a 77-47 victory over Bucknell in the opening round of the Women’s Basketball Invitational Wednesday night, the seventh-seeded University of Maine women’s basketball team will travel to meet sixth seed Fairfield (Conn.) in the quarterfinal round at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Fairfield defeated No. 3 Bryant 90-86 in double overtime Wednesday night. Fairfield, a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, is now 21-10 while UMaine, of the America East Conference, is 17-14.
The Stags defeated the Black Bears 80-59 on Dec. 8 in the championship game of the Brown Classic at Providence, R.I.
University of New England junior forward Kelly Coleman has been chosen as the Maine Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Year, while Husson University’s Chandler Guerrette has been selected as the Rookie of the Year.
Anthony Ewing from the University of New England was picked as the Coach of the Year.
Coleman a 5-10 forward, and Portland, Conn., native, led UNE to a record-setting season with a 27-3 record and the Commonwealth Coast Conference championship.
The junior co-captain led the Nor’easters in scoring at 17.7 points per game while averaging 7.1 rebounds per game. Coleman also dished out 1.76 assists per contest.
Guerrette, a freshman guard from Presque Isle, led Husson in scoring (12.6 ppg), field goals made (114), assists (75), and steals (53). Guerrette was also named the North Atlantic Conference Rookie of the Year.
Ewing guided the Nor’easters to a program-record 27 victories as UNE advanced to the NCAA Division III Tourney for the fourth time in five years.