UMass basketball roster appears set after a busy offseason

  • Luwane Pipkins, right, of UMass, moves the ball against E.C. Matthews, of URI, Tuesday at the Mullins Center.

  • New UMass men's basketball coach Matt McCall listens during a press conference held to welcome him Thursday at the Champions Center.

  • UMass Mullins Center 11/17/16. UMass No.45 Rashaan Holloway, battles for postion with Temple's No.10 Mark Williams & No.4 Daniel Dingle in the 1st by J. Anthony Roberts J. Anthony Roberts

  • C.J. Anderson, of UMass, passes away from Rider defenders Kahlil Thomas, left, and Stevie Jordan, Thursday at the Mullins Center.

Published: 6/6/2017 9:51:30 PM

Barring any other departures, the 2017-18 UMass men’s basketball roster appears to be set as the commitment of B.C. High guard Carl Pierre leaves new coach Matt McCall without any more scholarships to offer.

Including Pierre, McCall has added seven players since being hired in late March. Three will be eligible immediately, while four will sit out.

His first roster will feature four big men and five guards/wings on scholarship and two walk-on guards.

Point guards

Returning: Luwane Pipkins

Arriving: Jaylen Brantley (Maryland graduate transfer)

Sitting out 2017-18: Keon Clergeot (Memphis)

Departing: DeJon Jarreau

Brantley and Pipkins will likely both see time at point guard and will almost certainly play together as well. Both guys are undersized.

C.J. Anderson has played some point before and could do so again in a pinch.


Returning: C.J. Anderson, Unique McLean, Rayshawn Miller (walk-on), Jaylen Franklin (walk-on)

Arriving: Carl Pierre (freshman)

Sitting out 2017-18: Kieran Hayward (LSU), Curtis Cobb (Fairfield)

Departing: Donte Clark, Zach Lewis, Seth Berger, Ty Flowers

Unless McLean, who redshirted last year, or Pierre steps in and provides a scoring presence right away, there isn’t an eligible pure scorer in the bunch here, which is why either Brantley or Pipkins will almost certainly see time off the ball. Cobb and potentially Haywood could help there in 2018-19.

Anderson’s versatility and ability to guard multiple positions will likely help him see plenty of minutes.

Miller and Franklin are both generally considered better than most traditional walk-ons. Injuries or foul trouble could offer one or both of them a chance at an expanded role.


Returning: Rashaan Holloway, Chris Baldwin, Malik Hines

Arriving: Khalea Turner-Morris (freshman)

Sitting out 2017-18: Jonathan Laurent (Rutgers)

Departing: Brison Gresham, Zach Coleman

It’ll be interesting to see how McCall utilizes his bigs. Holloway figures to be a focus. Can Hines, who’s been mostly a center, play power forward alongside Holloway? Can Baldwin build off of a strong finish to his freshman year?

How much can Turner-Morris contribute right way?

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