Monday, October 24, 2016

Three Bay Area ballers in Maine

The University of Maine Fort Kent basketball roster contains two new basketball players out of the Bay Area plus one from Sacramento:

* James Testa, a 6’4 Junior from Cañada College in San Carlos, California, committed to UMFK shortly after UMFK coaches made their way to California in March. Testa averaged nearly 14 points a game while shooting 43% from the field and an amazing 44% from 3-point range. Coach Bird had this to say in response to signing Testa, “We are so excited to have James join us in the fall. He’s got experience and maturity and his ability to shoot the basketball will be a great asset to us. Losing our top two shooters from last season hurt, but we expect him to step into that void immediately.”

* Bobby Syvanthong, a Richmond, California native who played last season at Contra Costa College, will also join the Bengals in 2016. Syvanthong will be the third Contra Costa Comet to play for Coach Bird. Bobby averaged a well-rounded 10 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists to go with 2 steals a game. Bobby was a first team All-State California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) selection at the point guard position, led his team to a conference championship and an Elite Eight finish in the state playoffs. Assistant Coach Fletcher Brown says “Bobby has been a winner at every level, he’s extremely well rounded as a player, a superior athlete and he’s a leader on the floor. He will make an immediate impact for us next year.”

* The final piece to the Bengal’s recruiting puzzle is Junior College transfer Will White. White, a guard, forward combo from Consumes River College in Sacramento, California, was a contributing player and leader on a team that went to the California Community College State Playoffs last season.  “Will’s leadership qualities, as well as his toughness and willingness to compete were just a couple of things we liked about him.”

Fort Kent is a town of just above 4,000 residents with 1,500 being college students.

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