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UNF Men’s Basketball: who’s new to the nest

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Some of the new signees (left to right) Wes Morgan, Brian Coffey and Ryan Burkhardt. Courtesy of UNF Athletics

With three seniors graduating and four players transferring to other schools the men’s basketball team was down to only seven returning players. But during the signing period, the team picked up seven new faces. Here’s a look at the newest Ospreys at Head Coach Matthew Driscoll’s disposal for the 2017-2018 season.

 

Ryan Burkhardt (Fr.)

Position- Guard

Height- 6’3

Hometown- St. Augustine, Fla

Twitter- @burker213

Burkhardt is a local talent UNF recruited. The guard played basketball at St. Augustine High School and is ranked the 11th best shooting guard by Florida Hoops. The team Blueprint member made 78 threes last season.

 

Brian Coffey (Fr.)

Position- Guard

Height- 6’1

Hometown- Norcross, Ga

Twitter- @briancoffey20

The Georgia native played high school basketball at Shiloh High School. During his junior season Coffey averaged 18 points and five assists a game.

 

Trip Day (Fr.)  

Position- Forward

Height- 6’8

Hometown- Phenix City, Al

Twitter- @tripday_2017

Day was a huge reason his high school team won the 2017 AISA State Championship. The standout forward was awarded MVP of the game. Day averaged a double double during his senior campaign, netting 18.8 points and grabbing 10.1 rebounds a game.

 

Ivan Gandia  (So.)

Position- Guard

Height- 6’1

Hometown- Caguas, P.R.

Twitter- @IGandia10

Gandia played one season for the College of Central Florida Patriots before making the nest his new home. While there the guard averaged 15.3 points 6.5 assists per game. Hailing from Puerto Rico, Gandia holds the Florida JUCO record for assists with 21.

 

Noah Horchler (So.)

Position- Forward

Height- 6’8

Hometown- Indialantic, Fla

Twitter- @NoahHorchler1

Horchler played one season at Eastern Florida State College before becoming an Osprey. Hisis team won the Southern Conference title and made an appearance in the NJCAA National Championship. The forward shot 54 percent from the floor and has a 7’1 wingspan.  

 

Emmanuel Lambright (Fr.)

Position- Guard

Height- 6’6

Hometown- Sarasota, Fla

Twitter- @Epacman21

Lambright averaged almost a double double in high school with 18.5 points and 9.2 rebounds a game. The guard was named an All-Area honoree three times during his career.

 

Wes Morgan (Fr.)

Position- Shooting guard

Height- 6’7

Hometown- Charlotte, N.C.

Twitter- @D1_Dreams14

Morgan is a sharp shooter, which is probably one of the main reasons the “Birds of Trey” went after him. The guard once dropped a single game record nine three. The North Carolinian was also received 1st-team All-Conference award for his play.

 

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