While Derek Kellogg is fielding a pretty young team in Amherst this season, he still has a core group of veterans to lead the way. Here we’ll give you a quick preview of the six upperclassmen who round out the Minuteman roster.
Donte Clark – Guard
Let’s start things off with Donte Clark. There are high expectations this season for Clark who has progressed nicely over his first two seasons at UMass. He was the only Minuteman to receive an A10 preseason award (All Conference Third Team) and is coming off a season in which he averaged 16 ppg. Clark’s has the athleticism, handle, and shooting ability to be a high scoring threat. Donte is a favorite to lead the team in scoring and should be one of the top offensive players in the conference. Look for the ball to be in Donte’s hands in the final seconds of a close game.
Zach Lewis – Guard
Lewis is a redshirt junior transfer from Canisius college who will be debuting for the Minutemen this season after sitting out a year per NCAA rules. At Canisius, Lewis was known as a consistent three point shooting specialist and feisty defender. During his sophomore campaign he made a 3-pointer in 29 of the Griffs’ 33 games and had a steal in 22. Look for Lewis to provide a spark off the bench on both sides of the ball and check into the game for any high pressure 3 point situations.
CJ Anderson – Guard
CJ Anderson is probably the most polarizing player on the roster. Some fans (like yours truly) think he is poised for a breakthrough season in his junior year while others think he will be riding the bench behind the talented freshman class. While not an amazing scorer, CJ is a great defender and solid rebounder for a guard. He plays with a lot of energy and will be a leader on the team regardless of his playing time. There are a lot of talented, young guards on the roster so CJ will have to make some big strides offensively in order to justify big minutes. Look for CJ to play a leadership role, especially on the defensive end, but may see limited minutes.
Zach Coleman – Forward
Despite struggling with injuries, Coleman has been a solid player over his first two seasons in Amherst. At 6’7″, Zach is often tasked with guarding much larger players when Coach Kellogg goes with the small lineup. I would like to see Coleman improve his jump shot to stretch the floor and provide more options on offense. Look for Zach to use his strength to box out and grab rebounds on both sides of the ball. It’s a toss up if Berger or Coleman will start in the 4 spot.
Seth Berger – Forward
Seth Berger has also had a pretty solid career in his first 2.5 seasons with the Minutemen (redshirted most of his sophomore season due to injury). Berger has a very similar build to Coleman but is a more of a shooter. Last season, he shot 50.4 percent overall (63-of-125), including 32.6 percent from outside (14-for-43). Seth plays with a lot of energy and is known for hustle plays on both sides of the ball. Look for Berger to take the open shot when he gets it but also to use his length and speed to get to the rim.
Zach Turcotte – Forward
Former walk-on Zach Turcotte is the only senior on the roster and fills the important void left by Tyler Bergantino: lovable, goofy white guy!