AMHERST, Mass. - With classes underway at UMass, Derek Kellogg has set his roster as he begins his first season as the head coach at his alma mater. Kellogg has announced the addition of transfers Hashim Bailey, a 6-10 forward/center, from the University of Memphis and Doug Wiggins, a 6-2 guard from the University of Connecticut. Both players came to UMass with two years of eligibility remaining. Also joining the roster officially is forward Travon Wilcher, a 6-7 Springfield native, who sat out last year to meet academic requirements. Wilcher will be eligible to play this season while Bailey and Wiggins will sit out as redshirt transfers per the NCAA. The Minutemen have started individual workout sessions and will hold an outside workout on Friday at 1 p.m. The sessions will take place at "The Horseshoe" under the Southwest Towers and are open to the public.
Here are profiles of the newcomers to the Maroon & White:
#35 Hashim Bailey
Junior 6-10 275
Passaic County Tech/The Patterson School (N.C.)/Memphis
Kellogg on Bailey: "Big City comes to UMass after playing on the high level of basketball at Memphis. He knows what it takes to compete at that level. He can be a big and physical force for us and sitting out this season will give him a chance to get ready to play two years at UMass and be a monster. This season, he will be an important part of the team going up against our starters and showing them what it takes to play at that highest level."
#3 Doug Wiggins
Junior 6-1 160
East Hartford, Conn.
East Hartford H.S./Connecticut
Kellogg on Wiggins: "Doug has proven he can be successful at the highest level in college basketball. He will come in and provide great leadership even as he sits out this season. He will work to get our starters ready throughout the season and continue to keep himself in shape. We are very excited to welcome him to the program. This season will also help him get acclimated with our style of basketball so he is ready in 2009."
#13 Travon Wilcher
Freshman 6-7 210
Springfield Central H.S./Lee Academy (Maine)
Kellogg On Wilcher: "Travon is a very hard-working player and a young man who has paid his dues, sitting out last year. He is ready to make an impact in his first season. He brings unique athleticism and energy. His body-type is perfect for our style of play and he will be able to help us out immediately."