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Saturday, November 14, 2015

The Mount gets better with class of 2016 signings

The Mount, the coaches pick to win the Northeast Conference in 2015-16, added to it's arsenal with 3 high school seniors who will join the team in the fall of 2016. The trio, 6-5 Miles Wilson of Mt St. Joseph, 6-10 Ryan Gomes of Friends School, and 6-9 Jack Vukelich of Trinity, all bring the required elements to enhance Mount Mayhem as the system has been known since Jamion Christian took over after the 2012 season.

All three were identified early in the process with Vukelich and Wilson committing before the end of their junior years and Gomes announced his intentions over the summer. All three continued to be pursued by other suitors but locked in their commitments signing letters of intent earlier this week.

Not only does the group bring size and length to fit Christian's preferred playing style, but it also signals his desire to recruit the top players. Gomes is from nearby Westminster, Wilson from Reistertown, and Vukelich from Mechanicsburg, PA just a quick trip of Route 15, which intersects the Mount campus. The players three hometowns are a combined 101 miles from the Mount.

Wilson has drawn a lot of praise over the summer and recent months amongst the recruiting community.Hoopseen.com identified him as the NEC's top signing and the twittersphere had him as one of, if not the top steal in the area on signing day. The 6-5 Wilson is a scorer and gets his points in a variety of ways. He averaged double digits during his junior campaign at Mt. St. Joe's. Wilson will join former Mt/ St. Joe's player Bryce Thurston at the Mount. I believe the last time a pair from Mt. St. Joseph was on the roster was with John Miller and Alex Watson back in the late eighties.

Gomes is a true post center who scored 12.1 points per game (per Baltimore Sun) pulled down double digit rebounds (per mountathletics.com) as a junior at Friends School. He also blocked 3 shots a game and will be an intimidating factor at the back of the zone and runs the floor well for someone of his size.

There aren't a lot of 6-9 players in the NEC who can score both inside and out, but Vukelich has that ability. He averaged 8 points a game for the Shamrocks, one of the mid-state's top programs.

Also eligible next year will be transfer Greg Alexander, 6-4 from Hampton, VA and late of East Carolina University.

With 7-0 Taylor Danaher and 6-7 Greg Graves departing after this season, the Mount needed to replace some size. They certainly did that with this class and the roster will have 7 players 6-6 or better.


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