Sometime today, if they aren't there already, National Letters of Intent, will make their way into the Mt. St. Mary's athletic office bringing the Mount four big front line players and a guard, who has many adjectives to describe him, but big is not one of them.
Lamont Robinson Jr, who is listed at 5-7, is the only guard in the class - the other four are big players with long wing spans that should excel in the Mayhem defensive style that Jamion Christian utilizes at the Mount. Chris Manning 6-6 from Randallstown, Mo Sallah 6-9 who played his high school ball in Hagerstown and is now prepping at Fishburne Academy, Sallah's Fishburne teammate Chris Wray 6-7 from Shelby North Carolina, and Troy Henderson 6-9 from Charlotte North Carolina all will be signing letters of intent.
Robinson averaged 22 points and 5 assists a game during his junior season at Eastern Alamance High School. He became the talk of the AAU Circuit this summer, routinely beating bigger players and making his team and teammates better. A North Carolina All-State selection as a junior, Robinson helped his team reach the Class 3-A Eastern Regional Semifinals after winning the Mid-State 3-A Conference. Robinson chose the Mount over offers from Middle Tennessee State & Charleston Southern.
Manning is an athletic and rangy 6-6 forward who should excel at both ends of the floor for the Mount. The local product from Randallstown High School is a good rebounder and shot blocker and finishes with authority in the paint. Manning chose the Mount early in the recruiting game, but also had an offer from Radford.
Chris Wray has been committed to the Mount for what seems like an eternity. Wray committed before his senior year at Shelby (NC) High School. The plan was always for him to attend prep school for a year before coming to Emmitsburg. He averaged 11 points and 5 rebounds a game, and was generally known as the best defensive player on the floor for Shelby, averaging better than 2 blocks and 2 steals per night. He has the ability to play on the wing and this level and should be a great addition to the pressure defense.
Sallah starred at Broadfording Christian Academy in Hagerstown. He averaged 18 points, 14 rebounds and 3 blocks a night. The defensive ability will be quite handy for the 6-9 Sallah at the back of the Mount pressure.
The 6 foot 9 inch Henderson will come to the Mount with plenty of upside. He is a skilled forward with a lot of bounce to his game and a soft touch. His game still has room for improvement but he became much sought after by mid-majors this summer amassing offers from Mercer, Presbyterian, UNC Asheville, Vermont and Youngstown State, before picking the Mount over Campbell in the end.
The Mount loses four seniors - all starters - off this years team. So they are in need of replenishing with next year's class. This group appears to have done that. Factor into the mix that Marshall transfer guard Chris Martin will become eligible next season and the Mount will have a very strong nucleus to build on.
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