SU roundup: Hornets add seven to men’s hoops program

Daily Staff Report –

WINCHESTER — Shenandoah University head men’s basketball coach Rob Pryor announced his 2014-15 recruiting class Tuesday morning.

Pryor, who led the Hornets to 12 wins last season including a championship at the season-opening BB&T Tip-Off Classic, brings in new players into the program for the 2014-15 season.

These seven combine with 13 returnees from last year’s team to make up the pre-season roster.

The seven, who average 6 feet, 4 inches in height, hail from four different states as well as one, Kelsey Thomas, coming to SU from Wiesbaden, Germany.

Thomas is a dependent of a military member and will be the second-ever player in the men’s basketball program from Germany. Ronald Merriwether ’02 grew up in Frankfurt, Germany and was the Dixie Conference Player of the Year in his senior year.

Maryland and West Virginia have two natives each in the class along with one player each from Virginia and another from Nevada.

The Nevada native, Ryan Vozzola, played at Spring Valley H.S. in Las Vegas and comes to Shenandoah after two years at Keystone (Pa.).

The lone Virginia native, Matt Temple, played his prep basketball at Madison County and scored 1,280 career points as he averaged a double-double for the Mountaineers in 2013-14.

Temple is also the tallest player in the class at 6-7.

“This class is extremely versatile,” Pryor stated in a news release. “We were fortunate to bring in a great deal of height, and these guys can play a variety of spots on the floor.

“These are exactly the type of players we need to continue our climb up the ODAC ladder.”

The Hornets open the 2014-15 season on Nov.15 with the BB&T Tip-Off Classic. SU plays Cazenovia (N.Y.) in the opening game of the tourney.

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