Winningest group of seniors in history say farewell

Locria Courtright, Assistant Sports Editor

With the end of this year’s season, a special group of seniors bids farewell to UVM men’s basketball. They end their careers as the winningest senior class in program history, along with two America East regular season titles and one tournament championship.

Trae Bell-Haynes, Guard

Crafty, creative, and excellent at finishing around the rim, Bell-Haynes ends his career as one of UVM’s all-time greats. His 1,629 points put him seventh in program history, and his 519 assists ranks fifth, according to UVM athletics. His career was marked with plenty of awards, including back-to-back America East Player of the Year awards, but his impact was also felt off the court as his mental health activism helped start Catamount Sport Psychology and Counseling, a sports psychology service for student-athletes.

Bell-Haynes will play for the America East three-on-three basketball team at the inaugural 3X3U National Championships, a three-on-three tournament for senior college basketball players, in San Antonio. The tournament starts Mar. 30.

@TraeBall_5 on Twitter: Thanks to @UVMmbb staff for taking a chance and offering me an opportunity. You guys have helped me grow as a player, but more importantly as a person. For that I’ll always be thankful, and this program will always have a special place in my heart.

David Urso, Guard

A walk-on from Pittsburgh, Urso was used sparingly by the Catamounts in in-game scenarios, with 108 minutes played in his four years, usually late in lopsided games. But Urso’s reputation within the team was as a player who pushed his teammates in practice, and he became a fan favorite for his hard work.

Cam Ward, Guard

Some players view coming off the bench as punishment or a lack of talent. But Cam Ward embraced his role.

The point guard from Wisconsin was named America East Sixth Man of the Year on two occasions, as a freshman and as a senior. He’s also been extremely durable, finishing his career with a program-record 141 appearances. Ward is a different style of point guard from Bell-Haynes; while Bell-Haynes tends to drive to the rim, Ward tends to knock down jump shots from his favored left hand. His marquee performance came Mar. 2, 2016, against the University of Maine in the America East quarterfinals, where he scored 24 points on 9 of 13 field goal shooting, including a half court shot to beat the first half buzzer.


Drew Urquhart, Forward

When sophomore forward Anthony Lamb went down with a fractured foot in December, Catamount fans panicked. Lamb had been a key contributor for UVM all season and he would be out for a while.

But Urquhart, replacing Lamb in the starting lineup, embraced the challenge and elevated his game, going from a bench player to the America East All-Conference Second Team. In conference play, he averaged 13.4 points per game to go along with 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists, all miles ahead of his career averages of 6.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, and .8 assists. His passing from the forward position was a key asset in UVM’s efficient offense.

@Durquhart11 on Twitter: Thank you Patrick for the last four years. A lot of ups and downs and through all you stuck with us. Special Thank you to the #DrewCrew you guys are unbelievable! Sad it had to end like this, this one will hurt for awhile.

Payton Henson, Forward

For Henson, it may feel like he just got to UVM, as he transferred to UVM from Tulane University after his sophomore year.

But what he lacked in quantity of games played in Burlington, he made up for in quality. Henson averaged 11.9 points and 5.4 rebounds in his two seasons at UVM, and his ability to shoot 3-pointers from the forward position helped stretch the floor for Bell-Haynes’s drives. Henson also earned a spot on two America East All-Conference Third Teams.

Henson will join Bell-Haynes on the America East team at the 3X3U National Championships.

Nate Rohrer, Forward

Rohrer, a native of Underhill, Vt., brought a hometown flavor to UVM men’s basketball after transferring in from a junior college as a walk-on. In a frontcourt depleted by injuries in 2017-18, Rohrer brought quality minutes off the bench with his defense. He wasn’t a star for the program, but he was a hard-working player and positive influence.