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Corey Mendez and Angel Rivera will join the Hatters for the 2014-15 season.
by: Stetson University
Hatters Add Pair to Roster
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  07/29/2014
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DeLAND—Corey Mendez (Coconut Creek, Fla.) and Angel Rivera (Bayamon, P.R.), two of the top unsigned seniors in the state of Florida, have signed scholarship papers to play basketball at Stetson University beginning this fall, head coach Corey Williams announced today.

Mendez, a 6-4, 180-pound combo guard, and Rivera, a 5-8, 160-pound point guard, give the Hatters a total of seven true freshmen for the 2014-15 season. They also provide Williams with significant depth in the backcourt.

“We are very excited to be able to add two players of this caliber so late in the recruiting season,” said Williams. “Adding players like Corey and Angel will not only give us more options in the backcourt, it will help allow us to play more aggressively on the defensive end.”

Mendez prepped at Northeast High in Oakland Park, where he averaged 12 points and five assists per game as a senior. Despite being ranked among the top 100 players in Florida by, and as the No. 16 player in South Florida by the Sun-Sentinel, Mendez was lightly recruited, especially outside of Florida.
“Corey is a very versatile athlete who can play both guard spots and the wing,” said Williams. “He understands the game well, and he’s a good team player and a tough competitor. He didn’t get a lot of national attention but people in Florida know all about him. He’s a high-energy kid who has a chance to make an impact right away.”

Ranked No. 80 by Florida, Menedez’s signing gives Stetson three Florida Top 100 recruits for the upcoming season, along with fellow freshmen Wyatt Sikora (No. 39) and Jonathan Joseph (No. 53).

Rivera spent the 2013-14 academic year in a post-graduate capacity at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. He attended high school in Ohio where he was a star at Cincinnati’s Hughes STEM High School. As a senior he averaged 17.2 points and 7.3 assists per game, helping Hughes to a 19-5 record and sectional and district championships, earning all-conference and all-district honors as a senior.

Rivera is the nephew of former University of Florida guard Walter Hodge.

“Angel is a tough, quick floor general,” said Williams. “He’s a good passer, a really good shooter and has a good feel for the game. His leadership will be important to our team. Along with fellow freshman Divine Myles, we now have tremendous talent and depth at the point.”

An experienced international player, Rivera is a member of the Virgins Islands’ national team and recently led V.I. to a bronze medal at the FIBA CBC Championship (Caribebasket) by averaging 6.0 points, 6.8 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game.

He represented his home country at the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, averaging 7.0 points, 6.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds in five games. He scored a tournament-high 14 points in a victory over Mexico, and dished 10 assists in a win against Columbia.

In other news, Williams announced that redshirt freshman guard Raekwon Harney would not be returning for the 2014-15 season.

2014-15 Stetson Men’s Basketball Signees
•    Jonathan Joseph, 6-5, 190, Orlando, Fla. (Orlando Christian Prep)
•    Grant Lozoya, 6-4, 180, Westlake Village, Calif. (Lawrenceville (N.J.) School)
•    Corey Mendez, 6-4, 180, Coconut Creek, Fla. (Northeast HS)
•    Divine Myles, 5-10, 170, Mobile, Ala. (Blount HS)
•    Kevin Ndahiro, 6-9, 225, Ottawa, Ontario (Thomas Nelson (Ky.) HS)
•    Angel Rivera, 5-8, 160, Bayamon, P.R. (IMG Academy)
•    Wyatt Sikora, 6-10, 200, Key Largo, Fla. (Florida Christian School)

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