With some heavy recruiting around Fredericksburg, Virginia, Hood’s men’s basketball team built on a team strength while also addressing a big need.

The Blazers announced on Tuesday a six-member recruiting class that includes three players from Virginia, two from Maryland and one from New Jersey.

“I’m extremely excited about next year,” Hood men’s basketball coach Chad Dickman said in a press release. “We have an outstanding group of guys returning, and we have some nice pieces that we’ve added to the puzzle with this recruiting class.”

Hood, which made a school-record 272 3-pointers last season en route to its first MAC Commonwealth tournament appearance in four years, added to its arsenal of outside shooting threats with the signing of Will Pataki, a 6-foot-2 wing from Stafford’s Mountain View High. Pataki averaged 18 points, four rebounds and two assists per game as a senior, earning first team All-Commonwealth District and first-team All-Region D honors.

Hood didn’t have anyone taller than 6-5 on its roster last season, so it added some much-needed size in Lual Chol, a 6-6 forward who gave Fredericksburg’s James Monroe High a consistent low-post threat but also started developing his outside shooting. Averaging eight points and five rebounds per game, Chol garnered second-team All-Battlefield District honors.

The Blazers’ third Virginia recruit, Brian Barrett, played on a Riverside High squad that recorded its best season in school history. Barrett, a 6-3, 210-pound forward, helped lead the Ashburn team to a 21-7 record, a Dulles District championship and a berth in Virginia’s Class 4A state quarterfinals.

Glenn Swanson Jr., Ryan Hollwedel and Andrew Warehime round out Hood’s recruiting class.

A 5-10 point guard, Swanson Jr. was a captain at New Jersey’s Donovan Catholic High School, where injuries slowed him down during his junior and senior seasons.

Hollwedel, a 6-3 wing from Ellicott City’s Centennial High, averaged 10 points, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals per game, earning him All-Howard County honorable mention honors.

Warehime, a 6-5 swingman from South Carroll High, averaged eight points, eight rebounds and two blocks a game, landing him on the All-Carroll County second team.

Hood loses just two seniors — Ian Eversull (Urbana) and Jared Ruiz (Oakdale) — from a team that went 17-10 last season. The Blazers, who begin the 2019-20 season Nov. 1 with an exhibition at George Washington, will return their top three scorers in Mason Wang, Michael Riley and Evan Wang.

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