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UMass basketball coach Frank Martin has wrapped up his roster for the 2022-23 season. The first-year coach announced that New Zealand native Tafara Gapare, a 6-foot-10 frontcourt player, has signed his National Letter of Intent to play for the Minutemen.

Since the day Frank Martin was hired to coach men’s basketball at the University of Massachusetts, the veteran coach has often said that the number of stars before a player’s name does not really matter to him. Getting a highly-ranked player, however, can never be a bad thing.



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Howard Herman is a sports columnist at The Berkshire Eagle. The dean of full-time sportswriters in Western Mass., he has been with the Eagle since 1988, and is a member of the New England Baseball and Basketball Hall of Fame.