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CCSU Summer Update

By Mark Marra

ccsubluedevils@comcast.net

July 24th

  

 

CCSU Adds Three More Players, Loses One Coach

 

The Central Connecticut State University Blue Devils continue to bring new blood to the team with the addition of Forward Jason Hickenbottom (Fr., 6’ 4”, 205 lbs.), Forward Andre Brooks (Jr., 6’ 6”, 195 lbs.), and Center Igno Beaudet (So., 6’ 11”).  Additionally, former Assistant Coach Chris Casey accepted a position Director of Basketball Operations under new head coach Norm Roberts at St. John’s.

 

CCSU started by adding Jason Hickenbottom from Philadelphia, PA.  Hickenbottom played for Simon Gratz High School last season where he averaged 11.5 points and 8.0 rebounds while helping the team to #14 ranking in the final USA Today High School rankings.  Additionally, Jason graduated 14th in a class of 350.

 

In an interview on the team’s website, Central Head Coach Howie Dickenman likened Hickenbottom to CCSU All-Rookie team member Obie Nwadike:  "Jason plays bigger than his 6-4, 205 frame, he is very similar to Obie Nwadike (a member of the 2003-04 Northeast Conference All-Rookie Team who led the league in offensive rebounds at 6-4).  He played with some high profile players on his high school team and went largely unnoticed. We look forward to him developing into a good player for us in the future at Central Connecticut."

 

Joining Hickenbottom at the forward position will be juco transfer Andrew Brooks.  Brooks, who will be joining CCSU as a junior, transferred from Hagerstown Community College in Maryland where he played for the last two years.  He averaged 11.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg, and 1.2 bpg and was chosen to play in the Maryland Junior College Coaches Association All-Star game.

 

Said Dickenman, “Andre is an active, athletic forward who can play both inside and outside," Dickenman said. "With his experience and quickness, he has the capabilities to be an outstanding defensive player and offensive rebounder for us next season."

 

Rounding out the threesome is Igno Beaudet hailing from Forestville, CA.  Beaudet played last season at Santa Rosa Junior College where he averaged a little over 6 ppg in 15 minutes per game last season.  Beaudet broke his foot in his freshman season and red shirted, leaving him with three seasons of eligibility remaining for the Blue Devils beginning this season.  Beaudet did not play high school basketball due to the fact that he was home-schooled.

 

Hickenbottom, Brooks, and Beaudet join freshman point guard Tristan Blackwood and freshman center Jermaine Middleton as the incoming recruits for the 2004-5 basketball season.

 

Assistant Coach Casey Moves On

 

Former CCSU assistant coach Chris Casey will be moving on as he has accepted the position of Director of Basketball Operations at St. Johns University.

 

Casey spent the last three seasons at CCSU as an assistant coach under Howie Dickenman where he served as the Blue Devils recruiting coordinator as well has being responsible for on-the-floor coaching, player development and game preparation.  In 2003 he won an AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the Year.

 

Casey rounds out new head coach Norm Roberts’ coaching staff with Fred Quartelbaum, Glenn Braica and Jose "Chuckie" Martin.

 

 

 

 

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