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2020-21 Season

The 2020-21 UMass Minutemen men's basketball team will represent the University of Massachusetts.

The season will represent the 112th season of basketball in the school's history.

The status and timing of the season depends on how the University, the Atlantic 10 Conference, and the NCAA react to the continuing threat of COVID-19 on health for all involved.

  • Current Record: TBD
  • Conference Record: TBD
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2019-20 2021-22

Projected Schedule

  • Jamaica Classic. UM will participate in the 2020 Classic.1)2)3) The event is scheduled for November 20-22 (Fri-Sun), which is the weekend before Thanksgiving.
  • Akron (Home): A return game from Akron is expected, but not confirmed.4) We played at Akron in the 2019-20 season. A home-and-home basketball series may have been tied in with the UMass/Akron football games contract.5)6)
  • Bryant (Home): This will likely be a one-off game, but not certain.7)
  • Central Florida (Away): This season's game starts a home-and-home series. UMass will host UCF in the 2021-22 season.8)
  • Fairfield (Home): A return game from Fairfield is expected, but not confirmed.9) We gave Fairfield a road game in the 2019-20 season.
  • Harvard (Home): This season's game will conclude a series.10)
  • Northeastern (Away): This season's game will conclude a series.11)
  • Rutgers (Home): This season's game will conclude a series.12)13)
  • Sacred Heart (Home): This will likely be a one-off game, but not certain.14)
  • UMass-Lowell (Home): We have hosted UML for our season opener for the past four seasons. Assuming this will continue, but not confirmed.
  • The Atlantic 10 Tournament will be in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn NY.15)
  • Athletic Director Ryan Bamford has stated that he will continue to explore opportunities in conjunction with football and men's basketball scheduling, like what we've done with Akron, Rutgers, South Carolina and Georgia.16)17)
  • UMass will not be participating in the A-10 / Mountain West Challenge Series this season. UM was one of the teams left out of the mix.18)19)

Projected Roster

Things may change significantly prior to the start of the season. Here's what we're tracking and projecting.

#NameHeightWeightClassPos.Hometown / HS / Prep / College TransferStatus
0Buggs, John6-2185Fr.*GHomer, LA / Putnam (CT) Science AcademyAssumed to return
13DeGray, Ronnie6-7220Fr.FParker, CO / Woodstock AcademyVerbal commitment announced 4/6/202020)
4Dominguez, Dyondre6-8195Fr.FProvidence, RI / Woodstock AcademyVerbal commitment announced 2/29/202021)
11Fernandes, Noah5-11172So.*GMattapoisett, MA / Woodstock Academy / Wichita StateIncoming transfer.22) Will have to sit out the 2020-21 season under NCAA transfer rules.
1Garcia, Javohn6-2175Fr.PGPickerington, OH / Brewster AcademyNLI signed 11/14/201923), Verbal commitment announced 10/18/201924)
10Gasperini, Mark6-10245Gr.F/CMoscow, Russia / Brimmer and May School / American Univ.Incoming transfer.25) As a graduate student, he will be eligible to play immediately.
5McCrory, Cairo6-5185Fr.SGHartford, CT / Masters/Northwest Catholic / Woodstock AcademyNLI signed 11/14/1926), Verbal commitment announced 8/2/201927)28)
3Mitchell, Kolton6-3175So.GFort Myers, FL / Victory Rock PrepAssumed to return
33Mitchell, Tre6-9235So.F/CPittsburgh, PA / Woodstock AcademyAssumed to return
12Pierre, Carl6-4190Sr.GBoston, MA / Boston College HSAssumed to return and again serve as team captain
2Santos, Preston6-6180So.G/FWarwick, RI / Woodstock AcademyAssumed to return
24Walker, Dibaji6-7190Jr.*FColumbus, OH / Woodstock Academy / Cleveland StateAssumed to return
23Weeks, TJ6-4185Fr.*GWarwick, RI / Woodstock AcademyAssumed to return

* Eligibility difference.

  • John Buggs is eligible for a medical redshirt, and if granted would restore his full four years of eligibility.
  • Noah Fernandes transferred into UMass for the 2020-21 season.29) Will have to sit out under NCAA transfer rules, but will retain three years of eligibility.
  • Dibaji Walker transferred into UMass for the 2019-20 season. Received a waiver from the NCAA to allow him to play without sitting out a year. Will be classified as a Junior in 2020-21.30)
  • TJ Weeks is expected to request a medical redshirt for the 2019-20 season, in the hopes of regaining a full season of eligibility and four full years. Unclear if that will be granted, as technically he went over the 30% threshold of games played.31)

2019-20 players lost:
Baptiste, Djery - Eligibility exhausted.
Chatman, Sy - Transferred out after the Fall 2019 semester.32)33) Ultimately chose Illinois State.34)
Clergeot, Keon - Expected to graduate in Spring 2020, and has opted to transfer and play elsewhere as a grad student.35) Ultimately chose Southeastern Louisiana.36)
Diallo, Samba - Opted to transfer after the end of the season, will continue to play at Manhattan College.37)38)
East, Sean - Opted to transfer after the end of the season, will continue to play at Bradley.39)40)
Higginbottom, Davonte - expected to graduate in Spring 2020, would have college athletics eligibility left, but not expected to return.
Jackson, CJ - Opted to transfer after the end of the season.41) Ultimately chose Florida Southwestern State (JuCo)42)43)
West, Randall - Eligibility exhausted.

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https://www.gazettenet.com/UMass-down-two-for-Maine-as-Weeks-(health)-gets-shelved-Chatman-enters-transfer-portal-31452068
season_2020-21.txt · Last modified: 2020/06/26 15:12 by mikeuma