Dip Metress announces four newcomers

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GRU coach Dip Metress adds four signees to a roster that features seven returners and two players who were redshirted.  JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/FILE
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GRU coach Dip Metress adds four signees to a roster that features seven returners and two players who were redshirted.

When his Jaguars bowed out of last season’s Peach Belt Conference Tournament, Georgia Regents University men’s basketball coach Dip Metress finished the season with eight players.

With the official start of basketball season three months away, Metress has added plenty of firepower, along with depth. On Wednesday, Metress announced the signing of junior college transfers Henry McCarthy and Ronell Crockett, along with forward Witalij Martynow and guard Kelvin Howard.

The four, along with senior center K.J. Sherrill and point guard Keshun Sherill, who were each redshirted last season, will join seven Jaguar returners who went 14-13 last season.

McCarthy is a 6-foot-9, 221-pound junior post player who will help fill the middle of the paint. At Ohlone College, the Norwegian averaged 9.5 points and 7.1 rebounds a game.

“He comes from a very good program,” Metress said. “I like him because he can rebound and provide some size.”

Martynow is 6-9, 218 pounds and athletic. Metress said the strength of the Wroclaw, Poland, native’s game is around the basket, adding if he was an American he would not have been able to sign him.

“He’s a building block guy,” Metress said. “I’m really intrigued by his athleticism. He’s going to have to get some experience, but I really like that part of his game.”

Crockett (6-3, 195) was a first-team, all-state member his senior year at T.L. Hanna High School, averaging 17 points and 7.6 boards. Last season, the wing player helped lead Spartanburg Methodist College deep into the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament. He averaged 14.2 points and 5.3 boards a game.

“He was the guy making the plays” in the tournament, Metress said. “We needed a guy who can attack the rim from the perimeter and he’s that guy.”

Howard (6-5, 191), a wing player, hails from DeMatha High School in Maryland. Howard played varsity for three years as a role player, Metress said, alongside a center who signed with N.C. State and a guard who signed with Virginia Commonwealth.

“He kind of reminded me of Demetrius Howard,” Metress said. “If he puts the time in that Dee Howard put in as a player, he’ll have some success. He’ll be a guy who’ll hopefully play some for us.”


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