Cambridge, Mass. (October 8) -- The MIT men's basketball program welcomes four newcomers from four different states to Cambridge for the upcoming season, as announced by head coach Larry Anderson. The Engineers enter the 2019-20 season following a NEWMAC regular-season championship and the team's third straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
This year's class includes Kael Kordonowy (Wichita, Kan.), Tim Kostolansky (Walnut Creek, Calif.), Matas Masys (Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.) and Christian Rich (Salt Lake City, Utah).
"Our staff and student-athletes have attracted another talented class," said Coach Anderson. "We're looking to this accomplished group of 2023 to step in and help us continue building on the rich MIT basketball tradition. This class of young men come from good families and high-quality basketball programs, they embody our PHAT Family values and know what it takes to flourish in the classroom, on the basketball court, in the community too."
The Engineers graduated a five-member class in 2019 as that group finished with the second-most wins in program history with 89 victories.
"I'd like to especially thank assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, "Tre" Farmer, assistant coach Indran Ratnathicam, assistant coach David Kroopnick and other members of our MIT basketball family for helping this group understand what our program has to offer and what they can offer it."
Averaging 18 points, 13.1 rebounds and four blocks per game as a senior at Maize South High School, Kordonowy was a 2019 First Team All-League AVCTL Division 2 All-Star, a 2019 5A All-State Team selection and a member of the 2019 All-Metro Team. He was also a First Team All-League AVCTL Division 2 All-Star in 2018, a 5A All-State Honorable Mention performer and a three-year letter winner.
Kostolansky, who won three varsity letters at De La Salle High School, averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds per game while capturing First Team All-League accolades and being named to the Second Team All-Bay Area. He was also the 49ers Cal-Hi Sports North Coast Section Player of the Year as his team won the East Bay Athletic League Championship and the North Coast Section D1 Championship while also competing in track and field and football. In the classroom, he was a member of the National Honor Society.
A graduate of Willowbrook High School, Masys was a four-year starter who was a three-time All-Conference selection, a two-time All-Area honoree and an Academic All-Conference performer as a senior. He finished his career with 1,129 career points and 207 made three-pointers, as well as single-game records for steals (10) and three-pointers made in a game (7). His team claimed the 2018 Regional Championship and the 2017 Conference title. In the classroom, he was a member of the National Honor Society, the National Math Honor Society, the World Language Honor Society, the National English Honor Society and Civitas (Social Studies Honor Society).
Rich was a three-year varsity letter winner and team captain as a senior at Highland High School. He was an Honorable Mention All-State selection, an All-Region performer, a member of the Tournament of Champions All-Tournament Team in 2017 and 2018 and an Academic All-State honoree. Leading his team in both scoring and rebounding, Rich averaged 13.9 points, five rebounds, two assists and 2.7 three-pointers made per contest. He was the President of the National Honor Society and the Math Club, as well as a member of the Seminary Council and a District School Board Student Representative.