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UMBC lands transfer from St. Bonaventure

Randy Monroe was sold on Brett Roseboro from the start. The only problem for the UMBC men's basketball coach was that several high-major programs were also interested in the 6-foot-10 forward from Quakertown (Pa.) High.

"We recruited Brett in high school, recruited him very hard," Monroe said. "We saw at that time a tall, lean young man who had good skills. He was able to pop out and hit the outside shot, roll to the basket and play with some aggressiveness. We really liked his upside and thought he could be a very good player for us. He went and had a couple good weekends in the fall, and that led to him being recruited by the likes of Marquette, St. John's and Rutgers. It was a tough battle with that type of recruitment. He opted to go to Marquette. He wasn't there very long. He ended up at St. Bonaventure."

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After two uneventful seasons in upstate New York, Roseboro decided it was time for a transfer. Monroe, meanwhile, was eager for another chance to coach him. Roseboro recently accepted UMBC's scholarship offer. He'll redshirt this year and have two seasons of eligibility with the Retrievers, starting during the 2012-13 season.

"We're very happy to have him be part of our program and our family," Monroe said. "I think the sky is the limit for the young man. I think he's a very nice young man, very respectful, takes coaching and takes criticism. I think he'll have a nice future at UMBC."Roseboro averaged 14 points and 13 rebounds for Quakertown as a senior in 2008-09, shooting 45 percent from the field and 70 perfect from the free throw line. He had a breakout performance with his Lehigh Valley Elite Heat AAU team at the is8/Nike Tip-Off Classic, scoring 27 points and grabbing 11 rebounds against the Juice All-Stars. High-major interest ensued, but his time at Marquette was short-lived. The summer before his freshman season, it became clear that minutes for Roseboro with the Golden Eagles would be scarce.

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At St. Bonaventure, Roseboro appeared in 44 games over two seasons. He averaged 1.2 points and 1.8 rebounds as a sophomore. After the season, Roseboro asked for and was granted his release. Roseboro's former coaches reached out to UMBC, and Monroe reciprocated that interest. The competition to land Roseboro this time around was certainly different than what the Retrievers experienced two years ago.

"I don't know if we had to battle with anybody, per se. To be honest with you, I didn't really care," Monroe said. "I knew the kid. We had a prior relationship, prior to him being recruited at the highest level. When he said he was available to leave, we believe in second chances, especially if the person is a good person with high character."

While Roseboro has seen limited action at the Division I level, Monroe is confident that he'll make an impact in Catonsville.

"I think he's able to shoot the basketball, I think he's a good rebounder and he finishes around the basket," Monroe said. "He brings those ingredients to our program, which I like. He's probably about 35 pounds heavier [than he was in high school]. I definitely like that. He'll be able to practice with us [this season]. He won't be able to travel with us. He'll be able to learn our system, understand how we do things. I think he'll definitely help us out next year. He's excited to get started, and we're excited to get started with him."

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