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Men's Basketball Has Seven Recruits Enrolling This Fall

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The basketball staff welcomes seven recruits to its roster this fall.     By Mark Washburn
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HANOVER, N.H. — Dartmouth men’s basketball head coach Paul Cormier today announced his recruiting class of seven student-athletes that will enroll this fall. With just two seniors and one junior on the roster for next year, the Big Green will rely heavily upon its underclassmen in 2012-13, giving each player in this group an opportunity to contribute right away.

“Obviously we needed quantity in this recruiting class,” Coach Cormier commented, “but we also needed the quality to continue raising the level of talent in the program. With these seven players, we expect to get immediate returns from some of them, while others will get acclimated to the college game while building their bodies up to handle the rigors of Division I.”

Connor Boehm, Forward, 6-7, 235
Winnetka, Ill. (New Trier)

Boehm was a force for the Trevians, scoring 1,525 points in his career while averaging 20 points in each of his junior and senior campaigns to earn all-conference honors as well as all-state honorable mention in both years. Named the Pioneer Press North Shore Player of the Year, Boehm averaged a double-double this past winter at 20 points and 10 rebounds, leading his team to a 23-6 record and a second-place finish in the Central Suburban-South Conference standings at 8-2.

Coach Cormier’s Comments: “Connor is a very physical player with soft hands. He is a good shooter and can stretch the defense — he will have the green light from three-point range — and is also a good post-up player and passes very well from the post. We will play through him on offense quite often. He is very excited about coming to Dartmouth, comes from a winning program and brings that winning attitude with him.”

Tommy Carpenter, Forward, 6-7, 200
Greensboro, N.C. (Northfield Mt. Hermon in Mass.)

Carpenter is quite familiar with two members of the current Dartmouth roster, having played with Jvonte Brooks and John Golden at Northfield Mt. Hermon in 2010-11 when he averaged 5.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game. But his senior season never developed as he dislocated his shoulder early in the year, causing him to miss nearly the entire season. A smart and versatile player, Carpenter has also played AAU ball with the Rhode Island Hawks.

Coach Cormier’s Comments: “Tommy is a very heady player with the ability to play several positions on the floor. It’s a shame he missed out on his senior year, but he is just now getting back to full contact and should be back to 100 percent when he arrives on campus. We will utilize him in a variety of ways to take advantage of his excellent basketball IQ.”

Kevin Crescenzi, Shooting Guard, 6-3, 190
Singer Island, Fla. (Benjamin School/Tilton Academy (N.H.))

After a strong career at the Benjamin School in North Palm Beach, Fla., Crescenzi took a post-grad year at powerhouse Tilton Academy, one of the top prep teams in the country last year with a 27-6 record. He served as more of a role player for the Rams as three of his teammates have signed with Kentucky, Missouri and Iowa State. A three-point specialist on offense, he was always called upon to defend the opposing team’s top perimeter player as well

Coach Cormier’s Comments: “Kevin is an outstanding shooter and plays hard at both ends. We will utilize him as a pure shooter, but he takes pride in his defense, which is pretty rare in someone that shoots as well as he does. He has won everywhere he has gone, and that will help us as we develop as a team here at Dartmouth.”

Malik Gill, Point Guard, 5-9, 185
New Rochelle, N.Y. (Mount St. Michael Academy)

Gill helped send his high school team to a 21-8 record and the Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) semfinals, ousting prestigious Christ the King to get there. The spark plug averaged 14 points and seven assists a game as a senior to earn first-team All-CHSAA honors as well as first-team all-state recognition for Class AA. The Daily News selected him for the All-New York City Second Team as well. In that victory over Christ the King, Gill scored 30 points while holding UConn recruit Omar Calhoun to 16.

Coach Cormier’s Comments: “Malik is very strong, very quick, and one of the best on-ball defenders I have seen in high school in recent years. He could be a prolific scorer, but takes a lot of pride in getting other players involved. We will be running a lot of pick-and-roll plays with Malik, at which he excels. He is a true leader on and off the court.”

Brandon McDonnell, Power Forward, 6-8, 210
Jackson, N.J. (Jackson Memorial)

McDonnell brings a strong offensive game to the Big Green, having averaged 14.6 points and 7.9 rebounds during his senior year at Jackson Memorial. He helped his squad to a 25-4 record and advance to the Central Jersey Group 4 semifinals. A first-team All-Ocean County and second-team all-state Group 4 selection, McDonnell is the younger brother of Jimmy McDonnell, a 6-10 power forward at Temple.

Coach Cormier’s Comments: “Brandon is a good offensive player, comfortable in both the low post and the high post. He is very well coached and played in a system not unlike what we will be using here at Dartmouth. He handles the ball well, is an outstanding passer and solid rebounder.”

Alex Mitola, Guard, 5-11, 165
Florham Park, N.J. (Gill St. Bernard’s)

Mitola is a prolific shooter having led the entire state of New Jersey with 119 three-pointers while shooting 44 percent from behind the arc this year. Gill St. Bernard’s was ranked in USA Today’s top 25 for most of the season and finished the year third in New Jersey with a 27-4 record, falling in the state finals to nationally ranked St. Anthony. Mitola averaged 18.2 points and 4.5 assists per game, finishing his career as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,978 points. He was chosen first-team All-Somerset County and third-team all-state by New Jersey Hoops.

Coach Cormier’s Comments: “Alex will certainly have an immediate impact on our backcourt. I expect him to play at both the point and shooting guard as we hope to play a two-guard front with either guard at the point, which has been an Achilles’ heel in our program these past two years with players who are not true point guards at the position too much. He played both in high school, and we expect his skills to transition well to our program right away.”

Matt Rennie, Forward, 6-8, 220
North Brunswick, N.J. (Rutgers Prep)

Rennie is a bruising forward that averaged 11.2 points and 9.4 rebounds as a senior at Rutgers Prep, torching Bishop Ahr for 30 points and 16 rebounds in his biggest game of the year. A 1,000-point scorer in his career, Rennie was a third-team All-New Jersey Prep selection and helped the Argonauts to an 18-5 record and an NJISAA Prep B Championship.

Coach Cormier’s Comments: “Matt will give us a physical presence and grit off the bench. He has the capability to develop into a solid player that can come in and provide valuable minutes in the post. He is a strong rebounder and an excellent student.”