Mason to lead Boro basketball in 2017

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 at 6:06 PM

It’s never too early to look forward to Edinboro’s upcoming basketball season.

The loss of Henri Wade-Chatman is a tough pill to swallow for a squad that could really use the scoring punch this season. More than anything, his departure leaves an opening at the top of the key. Next to red-shirt junior Jaymon Mason, Wade-Chatman’s extremely high usage rate made up a good portion of the offense for Edinboro this past season.

After being named to the Division II Bulletin Preseason All-American Team, the spotlight is on Mason early. His abilities as a combo guard will prove more helpful than anything a pure scorer could bring to the team.

Head coach Pat Cleary brought in two recruits this year that will be on the roster this upcoming season, one of which has the potential to see minutes sooner rather than later. Standing at 6-foot-1-inch, Sincere Ramsahai, McQuaid High graduate, fits the point guard mold well. With an ability to handle the ball with ease, his vision and defense will be put to the test in Cleary’s sets. A natural scorer, he has the tools to play an Isiah Thomasesque role.

In the front court, Edinboro loses sure-handed senior Tommy Scales, whose ability to play both the four and the five leaves an opening, especially with the departure of Quinn Lee Yaw, who decided to transfer to St. Bonaventure.

Incoming recruit Justin Sylver brings with him experience at the high school level that could really come in handy. His alma mater, Benedictine High was ranked number 16 in the state going into the championship tournament. His efforts helped his team top ninth ranked Central Catholic and the experience he’s picked up will ease his adjustment into the PSAC competition.

His ability to play above the rim will help Edinboro on the boards and in the paint.

For the women, less question marks loom as their season approaches. Aignee Freeland was the major piece that must be replaced, but unlike the men, there is more depth at the position. Freeland was a member of a monumental playoff team and her experience, coupled with her ability to score in the paint may be irreplaceable.

While the men’s squad only returns four of their 10-man rotation, the women will be returning seven. Poised for another big year after shooting over 40 percent from the 3-point line this season, Michelle Jahn will continue her duties as Katie Fischer’s deadliest target.

Like the men, two recruits will be joining the team. The 5-foot-6-inch guard Michaela Barnes comes after her time at Kenston High, where she started two years, earning first team all-Chagrin Valley Conference and first team allcounty honors as a junior, as well as an honorable mention for all-district.

At the three position, head coach Stan Swank was able to stock up after the loss of all-around star Lauren Hippo, picking up the 5-foot-10-inch forward from Harbor Creek High School, Jade Favre. The Region 4 Co-Player of The Year and an All-District 10 first team selection, Favre made an immediate impact on the Harbor Creek Huskies, helping them finish as the District 10 Class AA runner-up.

Mike Lantinen is one of the Sports Editors for The Spectator and can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com.

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