New Hampshire men's basketball inks three for 2003-04

DURHAM, N.H. - Head men's basketball coach Phil Rowe announced today the signing of 6-3 wing Alray Taylor (Roxbury, Mass.) and 6-7 forwards Damione Liddell (Omaha, Neb.) and Craig Walls (Minneapolis, Minn.) to national letters of intent to attend the University of New Hampshire next fall.

"We are very excited to know we will have three very talented young men joining our program next season," said Rowe. "I am extremely pleased with the work of our assistant coaches, Cory McClure, Jim Woods and Bill Cumplido, during this early signing period. Their efforts have helped make this early signing period the best we have had since I came to UNH four years ago."

Taylor, a versatile wing player, helped lead Charlestown High School to three straight Massachusetts Division 3 state titles. A Boston Globe All-Scholastic Super Teamer and Boston Herald All-Scholastic his senior year, Taylor averaged a double-double with 19.2 points per game and 10.1 rebounds per game. Taylor also garnered MVP honors at the Boston City league finals and AT&T Broadband Tournament. Taylor is currently a post-graduate at Bridgton Academy (N. Bridgton, Maine).

"Alray Taylor gives us the energizer battery in a power frame," said Rowe. "He is non-stop energy with explosive power."

Liddell, who is playing his junior college basketball at Kansas City Community College, averaged 11 points per game and 6.7 rebounds per game in his first season with the Jayhawks. Liddell led the team in rebounds despite missing the first eight games of the season. From Creighton Prep in Nebraska, Liddell is entering his second season with the Jayhawks.

"Damione will come in and improve our front line from the get go," said Rowe. "He is a proven rebounder and inside scorer in the highly competitive Jayhawk Athletic Conference -the same conference from which we were able to add Griffin Walker to our program."

Walls, who played at Allegany College in Maryland last season, will play this year alongside Liddell at Kansas City. Before attending Allegany, Walls helped lead Osseo High School to the Minnesota Class 4A state championship his senior season, averaging 16 points per game and 8 rebounds per game. A nominee for the McDonald's All-America team that year, Walls played sparingly last season behind Jamar Smith, a junior college All-American, who is now playing at defending national champion, the University of Maryland.

"Craig gives us a very athletic forward who will be asked to give us immediate help next season after the graduation of Jeff Senulis," said Rowe.

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