Men's basketball recruiting class announced

By Mike McNeely published April 27, 2005

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs announced Wednesday that men's basketball coach Lance Hammond had received commitments from five local players to be the foundation of his first recruiting class.

Former Doherty standout Patrick Hannaway headlines the class, transferring in from Division I Stephen F. Austin. Hannaway, who was named the Gazette's Player of the Year in 2002-03, will be entering his junior year of eligibly. The 6-4 swingman averaged 12.0 points and 5.72 rebounds per 40 minutes for Stephen F. Austin last season.

Also hailing from Colorado Springs is Cody Blessing who was named first-team All-Area while playing with Coronado. The 6-5 forward averaged 17.8 points 8.1 rebounds per game as he led the Cougars to a 19-6 record last season. Blessing was also named second-team All-Conference in football as a senior.

Randy Jones, who played at 3A Machbeuf, will also be an incoming freshman. Jones posted nine double-doubles as a senior and averaged 12.0 points 8.1 rebounds.

Small school players Brian Snyder, from Simla, and Chance Manyik, from Calhan, have also committed to UCCS. Snyder, a 6-6 forward, dominated against the smaller competition at 2A, averaging 21.6 points and 10.6 rebounds per contest. Manyik, who also posted impressive offensive numbers (13.6 points and 10.3 rebounds per game), was a defensive force for Calhan. The 6-8 center averaged 3.9 blocks per game for the Bulldogs


UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Chance Manyik Chance Manyik C-F
Randy JonesRandy JonesF
Cody BlessingCody Blessing14G-F
Patrick HannawayPatrick Hannaway34G/FSr.
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