UMass Lands 2003 Forward

The Massachusetts Minutemen had been looking for a forward all spring long. Well, it's a little late for 2003 signees but the UMass Minutemen will have another arrival this fall.

Steve Lappas and his staff have gone big. Enrolling next fall at Massachusetts will be 6-8, 200 pound combo forward Stephane Lasme.

Lasme, who has been in the country the last five months, hails from Gabon, a country in Western Africa.

He came to the United States to study and lives with his brother in Dorchester, Mass. The Minutemen, like some other programs that began recruiting him, first discovered him at a session of Eastern Invitational.

The Minutemen began recruiting him after the camp, got him up to campus and the rest is history as he'll be on the roster and eligible to play this season.

"I think UMass is a great school," Lasme said. "I'm taking some English as a second language and they told me that UMass is a great school and when I visited it, the people were friendly and it's not from where I live now."

Maine, Fordham and the College of Charleston were a few programs that got on the Lasme bandwagon and showed interest along with the Minutemen. Lasme has been playing basketball for four years.

He says he's ready for college but makes no predictions what he'll look like four years from now. "I'll see what it is step by step. I don't want to make some predictions. I'll just see step by step."

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