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MEN'S BASKETBALL: THREE COLLEGE STANDOUTS TO TRANSFER TO UMBC
UMBC Head Coach Randy Monroe has announced that three student-athletes have accepted grant-in-aid and will transfer to UMBC this fall. Darryl Proctor (Coppin State), Ray Barbosa (James Madison) and Cavell Johnson (James Madison) may practice with the team in the 2006-07 academic year, but will not be eligible to compete until the 2007-08 season. Proctor will have two years of eligibility remaining, while Barbosa and Johnson will each have one year remaining. Proctor is a 6’4”, 230-pound forward, who was the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year in the 2004-05 season with the Eagles. He averaged 13.7 ppg and 6.9 rpg that season, including a career-best 31 points vs. North Carolina A&T. The native of District Heights, Maryland (Paul IV HS) earned Second Team All MEAC honors this season, after scoring 13.5 ppg and adding 7.8 rpg. He excelled in league competition, averaging 15.2 ppg and 9.2 rpg in conference games and led the team in scoring in six of the last seven games of the season. Barbosa, a 6’2”, 190-pound guard from Allentown, Pa. (William Allen HS), became the seventh player in JMU history to amass 1,000 points (1,013) in just three seasons. He earned All Rookie Team honors from the Colonial Athletic Association in the 2003-04 campaign, then averaged 14.9 ppg in his sophomore campaign. As a part-time starter this past season, Barbosa averaged 9.8 ppg, but for the second straight year led the Dukes in three-point field goals (48). He is fifth in JMU history with 160 three-point field goals. Johnson is a 6’8”, 200-pound forward from Fort Washington, Md. (Notre Dame Academy). He started alongside Barbosa in the 2004-05 campaign and averaged 12.4 ppg, 6.5 rpg and posted a team-high 48 blocked shots. This past season, he was leading the team with 13.4 ppg and 7.9 rpg through seven games, when he was suspended for the remainder of the season for a violation of team rules. All three student-athletes left their institutions in good academic standing. In other news, incoming freshman Justin Fry earned Second Team All State Class AAA honors from the Pennsylvania Associated Press. The 6’9” forward from West Perry HS averaged just under 20 points and more than 10 rebounds per outing, and lead his club to states for the first time as the Mustangs piled up a school-record 25 wins. Ryan Washington has been released from the national letter-of-intent that he signed in the fall.