CCSU Adds Three More
Players, Loses One Coach
The Central Connecticut State
University Blue Devils continue to bring new blood to the team with the
addition of Forward Jason Hickenbottom (Fr., 6’ 4”, 205 lbs.), Forward
Andre Brooks (Jr., 6’ 6”, 195 lbs.), and Center Igno Beaudet (So., 6’
11”). Additionally, former Assistant Coach Chris Casey accepted a
position Director of Basketball Operations under new head coach Norm
Roberts at St. John’s.
CCSU started by adding Jason
Hickenbottom from Philadelphia, PA. Hickenbottom played for Simon Gratz
High School last season where he averaged 11.5 points and 8.0 rebounds
while helping the team to #14 ranking in the final USA Today High School
rankings. Additionally, Jason graduated 14th in a class of
In an interview on the team’s
website, Central Head Coach Howie Dickenman likened Hickenbottom to CCSU
All-Rookie team member Obie Nwadike: "Jason plays bigger than his 6-4,
205 frame, he is very similar to Obie Nwadike (a member of the 2003-04
Northeast Conference All-Rookie Team who led the league in offensive
rebounds at 6-4). He played with some high profile players on his high
school team and went largely unnoticed. We look forward to him
developing into a good player for us in the future at Central
Joining Hickenbottom at the
forward position will be juco transfer Andrew Brooks. Brooks, who will
be joining CCSU as a junior, transferred from Hagerstown Community
College in Maryland where he played for the last two years. He averaged
11.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg, and 1.2 bpg and was chosen to play in the Maryland
Junior College Coaches Association All-Star game.
Said Dickenman, “Andre is an
active, athletic forward who can play both inside and outside,"
Dickenman said. "With his experience and quickness, he has the
capabilities to be an outstanding defensive player and offensive
rebounder for us next season."
Rounding out the threesome is
Igno Beaudet hailing from Forestville, CA. Beaudet played last season
at Santa Rosa Junior College where he averaged a little over 6 ppg in 15
minutes per game last season. Beaudet broke his foot in his freshman
season and red shirted, leaving him with three seasons of eligibility
remaining for the Blue Devils beginning this season. Beaudet did not
play high school basketball due to the fact that he was home-schooled.
Hickenbottom, Brooks, and
Beaudet join freshman point guard Tristan Blackwood and freshman center
Jermaine Middleton as the incoming recruits for the 2004-5 basketball
Assistant Coach Casey Moves
Former CCSU assistant coach
Chris Casey will be moving on as he has accepted the position of
Director of Basketball Operations at St. Johns University.
Casey spent the last three
seasons at CCSU as an assistant coach under Howie Dickenman where he
served as the Blue Devils recruiting coordinator as well has being
responsible for on-the-floor coaching, player development and game
preparation. In 2003 he won an AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the
Casey rounds out new
head coach Norm Roberts’ coaching staff with Fred Quartelbaum, Glenn
Braica and Jose "Chuckie" Martin.