CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Fresh off the most successful season in the history of the program, the MIT men's basketball team will be adding five freshmen to its roster for the 2012-13 campaign head coach Larry Anderson has announced. The talented and diverse group will add to a very experienced roster of returning players, one that includes four starters, from last season's 29-2 squad that advanced all the way to the NCAA Division III Final Four and finished the season ranked No. 4 in the nation.
"This was a critical recruiting year for us," said Anderson. "That said, we are extremely pleased and excited about this incoming class of freshmen. They are talented; each of them have great basketball pedigrees and come from places where they were leaders in the classroom, on the basketball court and in their communities. Because they embody the values of what MIT and our basketball program stand for, we believe they have the ability to make an impact."
MIT Men's Basketball 2012-13 Freshman Class
Ryan Frankel (5-11, 165, New York, N.Y., Collegiate School): Voted New York City's Best Guard as a senior … First Team All-Conference and First Team All-Manhattan … NY State Federation Tournament MVP … New York City Class A&B Player of the Year … Sportswriter's NY State Class B Player of the Year … overall was a three-time all-conference player and a two-time All-Manhattan selection … 1,200-point career scorer … AP Scholar with Distinction.
Russell Johnson (6-6, 200, New York, N.Y., Riverdale Country School): Team MVP as a power forward … all-conference selection … four-year letterwinner … Honor Roll student … Academic All-County.
Miles Nolting (6-8, 235, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Pine Crest High School): Twice selected as an all-county player as a power forward/center by the Miami Herald … played on a pair of state championship teams … Beta Club.
Justin Pedley (6-6, 200, Kennewick, Wash., Kamiakin High School): First Team All-State and All-Area Player of the Year as a senior … four-time all-conference selection … finished as his school's second all-time leading scorer … AP Scholar with Distinction … National Honor Society.
Lampros Tsontzos (6-10, 225, Maroussi, Greece, 3rd Lyceum of Maroussi): Member of the Greece National U18 team … has also been on the Greek U16 and U15 squads … top rebounder and shot blocker and third in scoring in his U19 league last season … averaged 14.7 points 17.2 rebounds and 3.6 blocks per game last season … finished in the top-50 in math and top-35 in physics competitions in Greece.