After making a four-win increase in conference competition in 2019-20, the Mansfield University men’s basketball team is continuing their youth movement in 2020-21 by bringing in an explosive recruiting class of seven, third-year head coach John Szentesy announced.

The class, featuring three guards and three forwards from Pennsylvania, Virginia and New York, look to replace six graduating seniors and four starters from last season.

“I’m thrilled about the quality of our incoming class,” Szentesy said. “They are very talented and will blend in very well with our returning guys. I’m most proud of the quality of student and great character of these young men.”

The Mounties notched five wins in the competitive Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, while registering four of those wins at home in front of an exciting Decker Gymnasium. The Mounties return exciting young players in sophomores Jaz Farrell voted team’s Most Improved Player) and Richard Oppong, while also returning the versatile guard senior Eli Alvin to show the newcomers the way.

The Mounties kick off their season with the Fairmont State Conference Challenge, opening with Fairmont State before battling Wheeling Jesuit.

“The future of Mountaineer men’s basketball is bright, and we can’t wait for the opportunity to get back in the gym,” Szentesy added.

2020-21 Mansfield University Men’s Basketball Recruiting Class

Scott Woodring / Waverly, N.Y. / Waverly High School / Center

Three-year letterwinner at Waverly, named co-captain as a junior and senior, 1st-Team All-State New York Class B, helped team to the IAC Division and League Title in 2018, led squad with 13 double-doubles, averaging 13.6 points and 11.3 rebounds per game, member of the Red Wave and Oneonta Hoosiers AAU team and plans to study history.

Jason Thomas / Stafford, Va. / Brooke Point / Fork Union Military Academy / Small Forward

Joins the Mounties from Fork Union Military Academy, two-year letter winner at Brooke Point, notched All-District, brought home Defensive Player of the Year and Coaches Award, led team in 3-point field goal percentage and 3-pointers made. member of the Stafford Orange AAU team and plans to study computer science.

Manir Waller / Abington, Pa. / Abington Highschool / Shooting Guard, Small Forward

Two-year letterwinner as a combo guard at Abington, 1st-Team All-League American Conference as a senior, PA Prep Live All-Area Honorable Mention, member of the NEBC-Philly AAU team and plans to study sports information.

Gabe Perez / Philadelphia, Pa. / Chestnut Hill College / Shooting Guard

Joins the Mounties after spending freshman season at Chestnut Hill College, two-way player who scored a season-high 10 points with the Griffins, three-year letterwinner as a guard at Roman Catholic, won back-to-back Catholic League Championships, won a State Championship and City Championship during career, member of the Team Final AAU team and plans to study business management.

Graham Wooden / Oneonta, N.Y. / Oneonta High School / Point Guard

Four-year letterwinner at Oneonta, Southern Tier Athletic Conference All-Star all four years, three-time 1st-Team All-Section IV, 3rd-Team All-State New York Class B as a senior, a member of the football team where he was a Section IV All-Star, member of the Oneonta Hoosiers AAU team and plans to study biology.

Samier Kinsler / Philadelphia, Pa. / Convenant College Prep — West Catholic High / Shooting Guard

Joins the Mounties from Conveant College Prep, four-year letterwinner as a combo guard at West-Catholic, starting guard during final three seasons, while being named team captain as a junior and senior, member of the NEBC Philly AAU teamand plans to study sports information.

Dashon Lewis / Philadelphia, Pa. / Olympus Prep / Power Forward

Joins the Mounties from Olympus Prep, two-year letterwinner as a forward at Tech Freire Charter, member of NEBC-Philly AAU team and plans to study liberal studies.