Men's hoop roster still in flux
By Matt Vautour, The Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 7/6/2000

It looks like it will still be a while before the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team knows exactly what its roster will look like for the 2000-01 season.

Incoming freshman Raheim Lamb is still waiting for the results of his final attempt to achieve a qualifying SAT score to reach the NCAA minimum eligibility standards. UMass coach Bruiser Flint said that the 6-foot-5 forward expects to find out in the next couple of weeks.

Non-qualifiers are not eligible to get athletic scholarships, but as an in-state student, Lamb could earn need-based financial aid for his freshman year.

Also uncertain at the moment is Jarrett Kearse, the West Virginia transfer who at 6-foot-5 can play either guard spot or small forward. To be eligible, Kearse has two more sequential courses to complete at Philadelphia Community College.

He needs to pass the first during the current summer session and the other during the second summer session to have enough credit to be eligible.

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The dates (although not the times) of UMass' non-conference games have been set for the 2000-01 season.

For the second straight year, the Minutemen open against Iona, this time in the Mullins Center on Nov. 18.

The game at Marquette, originally scheduled for around Christmas, has been moved up to Nov. 20 in Milwaukee.

UMass will return to the Centrum after a year hiatus on Nov. 25 for a game with Holy Cross.

The team's furthest trip will be a cross-country trek to play Oregon on Dec. 2 at the Rose Garden in Portland.

Five games in 11 days follow - Providence at Mullins (Dec. 7); at Ohio St. (Dec. 10); Connecticut at the Hartford Civic Center (Dec. 12); at Boston University (Dec. 14); and Boston College at the Mullins Center (Dec. 17).

The team then breaks for Christmas before reuniting in Charlotte, N.C. for the Food Lion Classic on Dec. 29-30, where they will face North Carolina in the first game and either Richmond or College of Charleston in the second.

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The Greater Springfield Pro-Am League begins play Thursday night at the Springfield Boys and Girls Club. The entire returning UMass roster, as well as some former Minutemen, is slated to participate in the eight-team league.

Tonight pits the Health Nuts with Jonathan DePina, Shannon Crooks and Chris Kirkland against Cover Technology with Micah Brand at 6 p.m.

The later matchup has Maicomet and former Minuteman Mike Williams against the Springfield Slamm a 8 p.m.

Other Minutemen are spread throughout the league. Ronell Blizzard, Dwayne Early and Anthony Oates will occasionally be joined by ex-UConn star Kevin Freeman on Stop Handgun Violence, while Eric Williams, Winston Smith and former UMass walk-on Darryl Denson will lead Teddy Bear Pools.

Monty Mack and Charlton Clarke will be reunited in the backcourt for Hob Nob Cafe, which will have Kitwana Rhymer at center.

Lamb and fellow incoming freshman Anthony Anderson might also be added to teams, according to the league's player personnel director Bryan Foster.

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On this weekend's Saturday Sports Magazine, Bob Behler announced that the WHMP will remain the flagship of UMass broadcasts after agreeing on a three-year deal with an option for a fourth year to retain the longtime partnership.

Financial figures of the deal were not readily available.

WHMP broadcasts all the men's basketball, football and ice hockey games, with some baseball, softball and women's basketball.

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