This winter whenever the Mount Union Purple Raiders take the court to begin the 2020-2021 season, they will have six new faces among them. The newest Raiders are mostly incoming freshmen with the exception of Ethan Stanislawski who is a transfer from Ohio Wesleyan University.
Jonah McCartney is a 6 foot-1 inch guard from North Canton Hoover High School. Last year as a senior Jonah earned first team All-Federal League honors. Glenoak High School’s Christian Parker also committed to the Raiders. Parker is a 6 foot-6 inch big man who dominated the Federal League a year ago during his senior campaign and earned Federal League Player of the Year honors (plus first team all-federal league). Christian averaged 19 points per game, 10.5 rebounds per game, 2.2 assists, 2.2 blocks per game, shot 54% from the field, and 34% from beyond the 3-point arc last year for the Eagles.
Coach Fuline also managed to pull a local product in Marlington’s Andrew Pucci. Pucci is a 6 foot-3 inch guard who earned first team All-Eastern Buckeye Conference honors during his senior campaign. Pucci will be joining the Raiders alongside a fellow first team All-EBC player in Carrollton’s Adam Chaney. Chaney also earned EBC Player of the Year honors last year during his senior campaign. The final incoming freshman for the Raiders is Donovan Morris. Donovan is a 6 foot guard out of Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit High School.
The lone transfer for the Raiders this year will be junior guard Ethan Stanislawski. Stanislawski comes to the Purple Raiders after two years at Ohio Wesleyan University where he twice earned second team All-North Coast Athletic Conference honors. As a freshman Ethan also earned the NCAC’s Newcomer of the Year award (18-19 season). Ethan is a 2018 graduate of nearby Massillon Jackson High School where he was the starting point guard on their 2017 state championship team. Over his two seasons in Delaware, Ohio, Ethan averaged 14.7 points per game for the Bishops.
Although it is unclear when the Purple Raiders will play their first game of the 2020-2021 season, what is clear is that they have reloaded with talent. Furthermore, Coach Fuline and his crew are going to be in a great position to build on a breakout 2019-2020 season.