BURLINGTON, Vt. – The University of Vermont men’s basketball team has announced that Evan Fjeld (Durham, N.C.) and Garrett Kissel (Springfield, Mass.) will join the program next season as members of the class of 2011. Head coach Mike Lonergan made the announcement today.
“We are very excited about the signings of Evan Fjeld and Garrett Kissel,” said Lonergan. “They should help make up for the loss of our two graduating senior post players, Martin Klimes and Chris Holm.”
The 6-foot-8 Fjeld (fee-eld) comes to Vermont from Durham, N.C. where he plays for Durham Academy. As a junior he averaged 14 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.4 blocks per game while being named all-conference and all-area second team. As a senior this year he is averaging 22 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 2.5 blocks per contest as a team captain.
Last season he was a Top 40 All-Star at the Eastern Invitational, a Five-Star All-Star and his AAU team placed fifth at the national championship.
“Evan is a very skilled forward who can score inside the paint and beyond the three point line,” added Lonergan. “He will give our team more scoring power going into next season and will be able to play three positions for us. Evan is a very versatile player who can handle the ball and pass very well for a 6'8” forward.”
Kissel is a 6-foot-9 post player who will look to compete right away down low for the Catamounts next season. A native of Springfield, Mass., he played for two seasons at Cathedral High School as a freshman and sophomore in his hometown and is now plays at St. Andrews in Barrington, R.I. A team captain this season, Kissel is averaging 16 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.5 blocks per game on the year.
“Garrett is a tough, fierce competitor who will be one of our strongest players,” said Lonergan. “He is an excellent rebounder who can also score inside.”
The duo will look to replace Holm and Klimes, both fifth-year seniors who have given Vermont a great post presence since arriving on campus.
“Both of these recruits will have an immediate impact on our program,” said Lonergan. “They are both fundamentally sound and know how to play the game the right way because they played for two of the finest high school coaches in the country in Tim McKenna and Mike Hart. Although this recruiting class is made up of only two student-athletes we are very optimistic that it is a very strong class that will contribute greatly to our future success.”