The Husson University men’s basketball team continues adding depth to its roster for the 2017-18 season, receiving a commitment to the program from Derrick “DJ” Bussey, a guard from Arizona who played at the postgraduate level last winter at New York International Academy in Endicott, New York.
The 6-foot-1-inch Bussey averaged 24 points, five assists, five rebounds and four steals per game for NYIA during the 2016-17 season and scored 41 points in one game.
He previously played for four years at Sandra Day O’Connor High School in Peoria, Arizona, where during his final year he averaged 21 points per game while shooting 95 percent from the free-throw line and 56 percent from the field. He was named honorable mention All-Maricopa County in 2016.
Bussey won the skills challenge championship during the 2015 FIBA U18 national three-on-three tournament.
“DJ is coming a long way but we are excited to add him this late in the recruiting season,” said Husson head coach Warren Caruso. “DJ is a very dynamic combo guard that will add to our roster’s versatility.”
Husson graduated just three seniors off its 21-7 squad that last winter captured the program’s fourth North Atlantic Conference championship in the last five years but is bringing in seven new recruits with Bussey joining Justin Thompson of Schenck High School in East Millinocket, Jarrod Chase of George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill, Floridians Corey Kaiser, Kyanti Blyden and Cole Thomas and Coty Hackett from Burley, Idaho.
“We have a great class coming in to add to our returners. We are looking forward to getting started,” said Caruso.
The Eagles will open their schedule with an exhibition game at the University of Maine on Oct. 28, followed by the regular season opener at Saint Joseph’s College of Standish on Nov. 21.
Husson’s first home date is Nov. 28 against Thomas College of Waterville in a rematch of the 2017 NAC championship game won by the Eagles 89-67.