Danzig Welcomes Five Newcomers To Men's Basketball For 2016-17

Danzig Welcomes Five Newcomers To Men's Basketball For 2016-17


University of Scranton men's basketball coach Carl Danzig announced on Tuesday that the Royals will welcome five newcomers to the team for the 2016-17 season.

Joining the Royals will be 6-foot-1 guard Kyle DeVerna, out of Kellenberg Memorial High School in Uniondale, N.Y.; 6-foot guard Danny Doolan, from Ridge High School in Bernards, N.J.; 6-foot-4 guard Jack Dreisbach from Parkland High School in Allentown, Pa.; 6-foot-7 forward Matthew Mancuso, out of Bridgewater-Raritan High School in Bridgewater, N.J.; and 6-foot-7 center Ryan Vitkus, from Mahopac High School in Mahopac, N.Y.

The five newcomers will join a roster that features three returning starters and three other players that averaged at least 10 minutes last season. The Royals finished the 2015-16 campaign with a 19-8 record after making the team's third straight NCAA Tournament appearance and 27th in the program's history.

DeVerna joins the Royals after a successful high school career that saw him average 22 points, eight assists and seven rebounds as a senior while earning first-team all-league honors as both a junior and a senior at Kellenberg Memorial. He was named one of the top 50 high school basketball players by Newsday and was named Nassau/Suffolk Catholic High School Player of the Year. For his career, DeVerna became just the second player in Kellenberg Memorial history to score 1,000 career points.

DeVerna is the son of Greg and Susan DeVerna, and plans to major in business.

Danny Doolan is the younger brother of Royals junior guard Kevin Doolan. He comes to Scranton after earning second-team all-Skyland Conference honors as well as Courier News All-Area Honorable Mention as a senior at Ridge High School while averaging nine points, five assists and four rebounds.

The son of Mark and Kathleen Doolan, Danny plans to major in marketing.

Dreisbach joins the Royals after helping Parkland win district championships in four straight seasons and league titles in his junior and senior seasons. An all-area honorable mention selection as a senior, he averaged 8 points, 3.6 assists, 3 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per game.

The son of Bill and Leslee Dreisbach, Jack Dreisbach plans to major in business.

Mancuso comes to Scranton after a standout career at Bridgewater-Raritan, where he was a first-team all-conference selection as both a junior and senior. He was also a second-team all-area choice as a junior, when he led the team in scoring and was second in rebounds and blocks; and third-team as a senior, when he led the team in scoring (18.0), rebounds (8.0), assists (3.0) and blocks (2.0).

The son of Matthew and Kathy Mancuso, he plans to major in business management.

The Vitkus name is also a familiar one to Royals fans, as Ryan is the younger brother of Royals senior center John Vitkus. Ryan is coming off a strong senior season at Mahopac, where he averaged 10 points, seven rebounds and four blocks per game.

The son of John and Jeneen Vitkus, Ryan Vitkus plans to major in business.

The Royals open the 2016-17 season on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18 and 19, when they host the Hilton Scranton Invitational in the Long Center. Opening night action features Bard against Penn State-Abington at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Royals hosting Sarah Lawrence at 7:30 p.m. The third-place game takes place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, followed by the championship game at 4.