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Robert Morris signs five basketball recruits

Andrew Toole hopes his first recruiting class as Robert Morris men's basketball coach can make an immediate impact following the suspension of leading scorer Karon Abraham.

"Our 2011-12 recruiting class is both deep and talented," Toole said Tuesday. "It gives us the depth that we at times probably lacked last season, especially coming down the stretch, and it should address some of our concerns on the interior."

The latest recruiting class includes 6-foot-2 guard David Appolon, from Philadelphia Imhotep Charter; 6-1 guard Brandon Herman, from Chattanooga (Tenn.) Charis Prep; 6-7 forward Keith Armstrong, from Raleigh (N.C.) Fishburne Military Academy; 6-9 forward/center Darren Washington, from Belleville (Mich.) Gabriel Richards High School; and 6-8 forward Mike McFadden, from Newark (N.J.) High School.

Washington originally signed with Eastern Michigan but was released from the commitment because of a coaching change at the Mid-American Conference school. McFadden, a sophomore transfer from Iona, will be eligible to play for Robert Morris following the completion of the fall semester.

"We have five new guys that are going to create competition, and that's a really good thing," Toole said. "It's going to keep everyone sharp in practice and during games."

Toole last month suspended Abraham, who'll be a junior, for the upcoming season after the player's involvement in separate alcohol-related offenses during the past year. Abraham was Northeast Conference Rookie of the Year as a freshman and averaged 13.9 points last season.

Despite Abraham's absence next season, Robert Morris returns four starters from a team that finished 18-14 overall and 12-6 in the NEC.

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