Class of 2008: University at Albany

Will Harris back in 2005

This is the first in a series of reports on New York colleges' recruiting classes for the 2008-09 season. We start with Albany, which has six new players on the roster and another practicing for the following season.

Albany, a member of the America East Conference, signed a trio of players in the fall 2007 and another three this past spring. The early signees are preps; the latter group from the junior college ranks, two with roots in New York.

The most renowned newbie, Will Harris (Corona, NY), joins the Great Danes after two seasons at the University of Virginia. He averaged 2.7 points and 2.5 rebounds last season but missed the last 14 games due to an injury.

He prepped at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire, Maine Central Institute and Redemption Christian in Troy, N.Y. after spending his first two seasons at Christ the King High School in Middle Village, N.Y. Harris, who will be eligible for play in 2009-10, considered Marist, New Hampshire, and Northeastern before choosing UA.

CLASS OF 2008

Logan Aronhalt G/F 6-3, 215 FR Zanesville, Ohio Ohio Division I Player of the Year, averaged 23.2 points; first team AP All-State as a junior
Louis Barraza G/F 6-5, 200 SO Phoenix, Ariz. Named to NJCAA All-Region I second team as a freshman at Yavapai Community College; averaged 20.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists; shot 50.3 percent from three-point range; as a HS senior, averaged 19.0 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists
Michael Johnson PG 6-1, 195 JR Brooklyn, N.Y. Second-team NJCAA All-Region XIV at Blinn College in Tex.; averaged 15.7 points and 5.7 assists, plus ranked 13th nationally in steals at 3.4 per game; He shot 54.6 percent overall and 78.7 percent from the line; played at Howard College (TX) in 06-07; prepped at Sheepshead Bay High School.
Jake Lindfors PF 6-10, 225 FR Elk Grove Village, Ill. Second-team all-state; averaged 25.9 points and 11.9 rebounds; father, Ron, played at Bradley and Northern Illinois (1980-83).
Edmund McRae PF 6-8, 210 JR Rosedale, N.Y. First-team NJCAA All-Region IX; averaged 15.8 points and 6.9 rebounds at Eastern Wyoming College; "Scottie" prepped at Benjamin Cardozo H.S.
Anthony Raffa CG 6-1, 175 FR Strathmere, N.J. Took prep year at the Winchendon School (Mass.); second-team AP all-state in 06-07 at Wildwood Catholic; averaged 30.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 4.2 steals.

AU was 15-15 in 2007-08, with a 10-6 league record that was good for a tie with Hartford for second place. Albany lost in overtime to Boston U., 68-64, in an AE quarterfinal match.

Forward Brian Connelly (6-8) returns after a junior season in which he averaged 10.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists. Redshirt sophomore guard Tim Ambrose was named to the 07-08 All-Rookie team after averaging 7.2 points and 2.8 rebounds in 13.6 mpg.

Departed swingman Brian Lillis, a unanimous AE first and defensive teamer, led the 07-08 edition with 16.1 ppg and 6.0 rpg. A total of seven players from last year's team are not available to Coach Will Brown (91-108): two other seniors, three sophomores and a freshman.

Note: Albany will face defending national champion Kansas on Dec. 30 at Fogg Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence.

Link: University at Albany website

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