For mer Washburn High School star Mitchell Worcester, the second-leading scorer in Maine schoolboy basketball history, has transferred to Husson University in Bangor after a year at the University of Maine.
Worcester was a nonscholarship player at Maine this past season and was redshirted. He practiced with the team but didn’t play in games.
“I’m excited to get back out on the court [in a game]. I like the basketball program at Husson. It has been successful. Coach [Warren] Caruso has done a good job and I will develop as a player in his system,” said the 20-year-old Worcester. “I will have the opportunity to play. That was a big factor in why I left Maine.”
Worcester, who will study physical education, said the year at Maine was beneficial even though he didn’t get any playing time.
“Playing against Division I athletes [in practice] can only make you better. I learned how college basketball is … the physicality and stuff like that,” said Worcester. “I definitely will go in there with confidence. I feel I can play right off.”
He will have four years of eligibility remaining and can play immediately at Husson since he is transferring from a Division I school to a Division III institution.
The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Worcester scored 2,297 points during his high school career, just nine fewer than Vinalhaven’s Raymond Alley, who went on to have an exemplary college career at Husson.
“We are excited to welcome Mitch into the Husson family. He had a tremendous high school career and he brings a great ability to score to our program,” Caruso said in a news release Thursday. “Mitch gives us good size on the wing and knocks down open threes very well. He fits well with the other pieces we have.”
Worcester averaged 32.3 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists and three steals per game his senior year to lead the Beavers to a 19-2 record and a berth in the Eastern Maine Class D semifinals where they lost in overtime to eventual regional champ Central Aroostook of Mars Hill.
He was a Bangor Daily News All-Maine Schoolboy Basketball second-team selection and a Mr. Basketball finalist.
He will join a Husson team that went 26-3 a year ago, won the North Atlantic Conference tournament and earned a berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament where it was ousted in the first round by Eastern Connecticut State 81-75.
Husson graduated four of the five players who started against Eastern Connecticut State and six of the eight who appeared in the game.
“We have a great mix of skills and talent coming together on this year’s roster. We will have to blend some experience with some talented young players. October can’t get here soon enough,” Caruso said.