Wilcher Staying Close to Home

It took Trevon Wilcher going away to prep school for the 6-foot-7 1/2 versatile senior forward to realize that he wanted to play his college ball close to home. The Springfield, Mass., native opted to end his recruitment.

When Trevon Wilcher went away to prep school in Maine, he realized that he wanted to play his college ball close to home. The athletic and versatile 6-foot-7 ½, 200-pound forward will get that opportunity after committing to play for Travis Ford at UMass.

``I'm real excited," Wilcher said. "It's a big decision. I sat down with my parents and I believe UMass is the best spot for me."

``I like the campus, the coaching staff and I think that Coach Ford is trying to move forward and getting the team back on track," he added.

Wilcher spent two seasons at Springfield Central (Mass.) and grew up about a half-hour from the UMass campus. He made the move to go to Lee Academy (Maine) last season in an effort to concentrate on academics and the decision has paid dividends.

``There's not much to do up in Maine, so we hit the books a lot," Wilcher said.

Wilcher said UMass offered a couple weeks ago and his other offer came from Rhode Island.

``Of all the kids I've had play for me since we started the (New England Playaz) program." Playaz boss T.J. Gassnola said. "He's one of the best kids we've had. If every kid were like Travon, it would be easy. He's a high-major athlete who is a fine addition to UMass."

Wilcher is UMass' second commitment for the Class of 2007, joining Bishop Loughlin (N.Y.) guard Marcus Matthews. The Minutemen still have at least three more scholarships for the class.

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