Men's Basketball Announces Remainder of Incoming Class for 2011-12

Mount St. Mary's men's basketball coach Robert Burke has announced the remainder of his incoming class for the 2011-12 season.  Signees Chad Holley (New York, N.Y./Blue Ridge School [Va.]), Xavier Owens (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Wharton), Sam Prescott (Philadelphia, Pa./Imhotep Charter) and Rashad Whack (Hyattsville, Md./Bishop McNamara) and walk-on Kelvin Parker (York, Pa./William Penn) will join the Mountaineers for the upcoming season

The Mount signed 6-10 center Taylor Danaher (Fredericksburg, Va./Fredericksburg Christian School) last November.

"We are very excited about the addition of these six incoming student-athletes," said Burke.  "Each player brings a different set of skills and strengths that will help our program.  In addition, they have all played significant roles in helping their teams to win."

Holley, a 6-0, 160-point guard, averaged 12.8 points, 6.8 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.5 steals as a senior while leading Blue Ridge School to a spot in the Virginia Division I state championship game.  He helped lead Blue Ridge to a 26-2 record last year and the school has made the VISAA Division I finals in each of the past three years.  A team captain the past two years, he was named First Team All-Conference and First Team All-VIC Tournament in both 2010 and 2011.

Owens, a 6-5, 220-pound wing, averaged 18 points, nine rebounds and three assists at Wharton High School as a senior.  He is the third-leading scorer in school history with 1,152 points and was named First Team All-Western Conference his final two seasons.  He was also named to the All-Bay Area team, the FACA All-State basketball team and All-County as well as being named a top 24 player in Hillsborough County by the Tampa Bay Basketball Coaches Association. 

As a senior, he helped lead Wharton to the district championship as well as the region finals while leading the team in rebounds, blocks and steals.  Wharton went 50-8 over the past two years, advancing to the Florida Class 6A Sweet 16 in 2010 and the Elite 8 in 2011.

Prescott, a 6-3, 185-pound guard, is a transfer from Marist College.  Prescott will have to sit out the 2011-12 season due to NCAA transfer rules and will have two seasons of eligibility left.

Prescott led Marist in scoring last year, averaging 11.4 points while starting 22 of 31 games played.  He averaged 28.4 minutes per game and was 45-of-139 from three-point range.  He scored a career-high 34 points against Iona last season while scoring in double figures 18 times.  He scored 487 points in 49 career games at Marist.

Whack, a 6-2, 179-pound guard, is a transfer from George Mason.  He also will have to sit out the 2011-12 season due to NCAA transfer rules and has two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Whack appeared in 22 games off the bench for the Patriots last year, averaging 0.8 points and 1.3 rebounds.  He played in 40 career games at George Mason with one start while scoring a career-high nine points against VMI.  In high school, he was First Team All-Conference and Second Team All-Met at Bishop McNamara High School, where he scored 1,110 points and broke the school record for three-point field goals.  He was rated as the top shooting guard recruit in the Colonial Athletic Association by Rivals.com and was ranked 59th in the nation at his position by ESPN.com.

Parker, 6-4, 215-pound forward, was named First Team All-State in Class AAAA, the highest classification in Pennsylvania, as a senior.  He averaged 19.7 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 3.0 steals and 2.2 blocks while leading William Penn to its first District title since 1995.  Parker, named the York Daily Record Player of the Year, finished his career with a school-record 1,451 points.

Additionally, Burke has announced that guard David Golladay and forward Evan Cleveland are not returning to school.

Golladay appeared in 31 games last season, averaging 5.3 points and 3.3 rebounds, shooting 38.1 percent from the field and 75.5 percent at the free throw line.  He had 40 assists and 22 steals while averaging 23.0 minutes per game.  Cleveland averaged 1.0 points and 1.5 rebounds in 10 games last year for the Mountaineers.