The University of Vermont men's basketball team has announced that senior transfer Trey Blue and freshman Harrison Taggart will join the Catamounts this season.
"We feel fortunate to get these two quality student-athletes for the upcoming season this late in the recruiting year," said Head Coach John Becker. "They will both be great additions to our program."
Blue, a 6-foot-3 guard, transfers to Vermont after playing the last two seasons at Illinois State and will be eligible to play this season. The Chicago native played in 15 games as a junior for a Red Bird squad that advanced to the second round of the National Invitation Tournament. As a sophomore he appeared in 29 games and made one start, scoring in double figures six times, including a season-high 14 points twice.
Blue played his first season of college basketball at Fordham, where he appeared in 19 games and made three starts. He averaged 8.2 points per game as a freshman and scored 24 points in his first collegiate game against Columbia on his way to being named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week.
Taggart is a 6-foot-5 Vermonter, who travels north to join the Catamounts from Wallingford. He spent his first two years of high school at Mill River, before playing his final two seasons at St. Paul's. During his sophomore season Taggart earned a spot on the MVL All-League First Team and was named to Vermont's Dream Dozen twice. As a junior at St. Paul's he earned a spot on the ISL All-League First Team.
Meanwhile, Senior Ben Crenca and junior Luke Apfeld have been named captains of the 2012-13 University of Vermont men's basketball team.
Crenca is coming off of last season when he played in 32 games and made 14 starts, averaging 4.0 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. He started off last season reaching double figures in four of Vermont's first six games. Crenca tallied 10 points and five rebounds in a win over Dartmouth, went 4-for-4 from the floor for 10 points against Long Island and added 10 points and five rebounds in an overtime win at Old Dominion on the road.
Apfeld played in 35 games, making 21 starts as a sophomore. He finished third on the team in scoring with 9.9 points per game and second in rebounding (4.1 rpg), while shooting a team-best 53.9 percent from the floor. Apfeld reached double figures in points 18 times, while netting a career-best 24 in a win over Towson. In that game he went a perfect 11-for-11 from the floor, which tied for the best single-game shooting performance in the nation for the year.
--UVM Press Release--
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