STANDISH, ME - The Monks will have a new look this season as the
men attempt to repeat as GNAC Champions in 2010.
Six seniors departed in May, including three starters:
Vachon, the Monks' starting point guard the last
three years and the 2009 GNAC Tournament MVP, returns as a graduate
assistant and is expected to help ease the transition as the Royal
Blue reloads with an infusion of talented contributors.
Head Coach Rob Sanicola '99, who is entering
his seventh season on the bench, has rebuilt the program into a
regional contender by bringing in top-level recruits and teaching
them the Monks Basketball philosophy. Although his team lost a bevy
of good players, fans should expect the Royal Blue to be in
position to pursue the conference crown, as several youngsters
gained valuable experience during last season's playoff drive and
the newcomers appear poised to contribute immediately.
The success of the 2010 team will likely be determined by the
play of a talented group of guards.
Senior guard and Co-Captain AlbertoRue (Jamaica Plain, MA) returns after averaging
5.3 points and 2.1 boards per game in 2009. Rue, a
2008 GNAC All-Tournament selection, is one of the best long-range
shooters in the conference and looks to cap his career with his
finest season yet.
TylerKelley '11 (Saco, ME)
was one of the Monks' best success stories last season. After an
injury-marred freshman campaign, Kelley broke out in a big way as a
sophomore with 12.1 PPG and a program-record 49.1% (54-110)
three-point conversion rate. A dedicated player with a non-stop
motor, expect Kelley to exploit opponents with his
lightning-quick release as he continues to pile up points for the
Monks this season.
A pair of talented sophomores - ZachO'Brien (Schenectady, NY) and
ChrisPetzy (East Kingston, NH) -
returns to the Shores of Sebago looking to provide major
contributions for the Royal Blue this year.
O'Brien, who averaged 8.6 PPG and 4.4 RPG and was
named to the Maine All-Rookie team as a frosh, is a highly-skilled
player with the ability to play both inside and outside.
Petzy, one of the team's hardest workers and best
outside shooters, scored 5.5 PPG last year as a key reserve for
Coach Sanicola and looks to play an expanded role
as a sophomore.
RashonJones '11 (Bridgeport,
CT), one of the Monks' most athletic players, returns to the squad
and will share time with freshman JulioVazquez (Waterbury, CT) at the point position.
Vazquez, one of the Monks' top incoming recruits, possesses the
talent to contribute immediately.
(Alton, NH), TomRay '12 (Cape
Elizabeth, ME) and SpencerAdams
'12 (North Yarmouth, ME) will also play important roles coming off
the bench for the Monks this season.
Co-Captain RayEatmon '10
(Huntington, NY), one of the best rebounders in the conference, if
not the region, leads a group of athletic forwards that is packed
with potential. Eatmon averaged 12.8 PPG and 9.3
RPG en route to All-GNAC First Team and All-Tournament honors as a
junior and enters the 2010 campaign needing 251 points to become
the 32nd player in program history to reach the
1,000-point plateau. Also, if he grabs 223 rebounds this season,
Eatmon would be just the third SJC player to
collect 800 caroms in their career.
(Portland, ME/Cheverus) will see increased minutes as a junior and
appears ready for the expanded role after working hard in the
offseason to add muscle to his 6'4" frame. Freshman
CraigMerrick (Ledyard, CT), a
6'6" forward with excellent shooting touch, could see considerable
minutes in his first season at "The Lake" and
KhiryPraylow '12 (New York, NY),
a strong 6'2" forward, will also see time coming off the bench for
The 2010 season promises to be an interesting one for the Monks
as the team looks to repeat as GNAC champs with a new-look roster.
Fans should expect an exciting brand of basketball from this team,
as the squad is filled with quick, athletic players who can shoot
and play suffocating defense, which is the trademark of Monks
The Monks will kick off the 2010 season at "The Lake" against
2009 TCCC Champion University of New England on Sunday, November
15th at 3:00 PM.