June 5, 2009
FAIRFIELD, CT - Head coach Dave Bike announced the addition of freshman Paris Massey of Boston English High School, and sophomore transfer Femi Akinpetide from the University of Missouri-Kansas City to the Pioneer men's basketball team today.
The 6'7" Massey flew under the radar for much of the year for a Boston English team that finished 10-11. He is extremely athletic and has a long wing span with excellent shot-blocking ability. The Pioneers will look for the lanky Massey to provide some post defense.
"Paris will help us in areas we need to improve on," said assistant coach Anthony Latina. "We feel that with his continued development he will be an extremely effective player in the Northeast Conference."
Akinpetide, who resides in Sydney, Australia, will have to sit the upcoming season after transferring from UMKC but gives the Pioneers aa hard-nosed physical player that will help push the other inside players in practice until he is eligible to play. He played in 27 games for the Kangeroos last season, averaging just over six minutes per game.
He played at Monteverde Academy in Florida, which was nationally ranked for the majority of his high school career. He helped the Eagles to 75 wins in three years and started the final 60 games of his career there.
"Femi is a blue collar type of player," says Latina. "He will do a lot of the little things that all programs need to be successful. We are very excited to have him join the team and look forward to him helping us in our run at a Northeast Conference championship."