Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Monday, April 27, 2015
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Sir’Dominic Pointer, St. John’s6-6, sr, G/FDetroit, MI
D’Angelo Harrison, St. John’s6-4, sr, GMissouri City, TX
David Laury, Iona6-9, sr, FE. Orange, NJ
A.J. English, Iona6-4, jr, GWilmington, DE
Jalen Cannon, St. Francis6-6, sr, FAllentown, PA
Jameel Warney, Stony Brook6-8, jr, FPlainfield, NJ
Emmy Andujar, Manhattan6-6, sr, FBronx, NY
Sterling Gibbs, Seton Hall6-2, jr, GScotch Plains, NJ
Juan’ya Green, Hofstra6-2, jr, GPhiladelphia, PA
Maodo Lo, Columbia6-3, jr, GBerlin, Germany
Myles Mack, Rutgers5-10, sr, GPaterson, NJ
Damon Lynn, NJIT5-11, so, GHillside, NJ
Chavaughn Lewis, Marist6-5, sr, G/FQueens, NY
Ashton Pankey, Manhattan6-10, jr, FBronx, NY
Brent Jones, St. Francis5-10, sr, GBrooklyn, NY
Marcus Burton, Wagner6-0, sr, GCharlotte, NC
Phil Greene IV, St. John’s6-2, sr, GChicago, IL
Kadeem Jack, Rutgers6-9, sr, FQueens, NY
Player of the Year: Sir’Dominic Pointer, St. John’s
Co-Rookie of the Year: Eric Paschall, Fordham
Co-Rookie of the Year: Angel Delgado, Seton Hall
Peter A. Carlesimo Co-Coach of the Year: Glenn Braica, St. Francis
Peter A. Carlesimo Co-Coach of the Year: Jim Engles, NJIT
Monday, April 20, 2015
Friday, April 17, 2015
Thursday, April 16, 2015
1) Albany (107 offensive efficiency)
2) Vermont (106)
3) Stony Brook (101)
4) New Hampshire (100)
That group represented the only teams in conference to equal or crack the offensive efficiency century mark.
1) Vermont (86 defensive efficiency)
2) Stony Brook (90)
3) Albany (91)
UMass Lowell (22.7%) and Binghamton (20.8) were the only two teams to force over 20% in turnovers on defense. Both teams wound up subpar on defense, as their allowed eFG mark exceeded 50 percent.
Possessions: Every conference team was under 70 possessions. The fastest pace was ninth-place Maine, at 65.9 possessions per game. The most deliberate was champion Albany, at 61.7. The range between these two extremes was only four possessions, meaning this conference was very similar in its tempo-dictating philosophy.
Care for the ball: Just two were equal or over the 20% ‘barrier’ in TO rate. Only UMass Lowell (20%) and UMBC (21.7%) were above the accepted cutoff. The leader was Stony Brook, at 17.3 percent.
Championship: Albany 51, Stony Brook 50
That classic encounter denying Stony Brook that coveted trip to the Big Dance. To put more salt on the wound, Stony Brook actually ’won’ the offensive efficiency. The Seawolves checked in at 83 to the 82 of Albany. As noted before, in 95 to 97% (depending on the study) of cases, the team winning offensive efficiency, wins the game. Not this time.
In a low 60-possession (Stony Brook 60, Albany 62) game, the Seawolves held Albany to 32% eFG shooting. The differences? Offensive rebounding percentage and the foul line. Albany held a 32-23 percent edge in offensive rebounding percentage. On the surface, not a huge margin, but this game did come down to a one-possession affair. Extending a few extra possessions was crucial for Will Brown's club. Stony Brook also shot just 10-of-19 from the free throw line, a 53 percent clip.
Player of the Year: Jameel Warney, Stony Brook
The 6-8 junior forward averaged 16.4 points per game in conference play. Warney posted a 24.4 per game efficiency using the NBA model. The OE metric saw Warney post a very efficient .722, largely due to his 150 offensive rebounds. Also, both efficiency metrics were aided by his 72 assists against 59 turnovers, and 87 blocked shots, simply an all-around effort deserving of the accolades bestowed upon him.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Monday, April 13, 2015
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
When Justin Rutty graduated in 2011, Ike Azotam was groomed to replace the one-time leading rebounder in Northeast Conference history, doing an admirable job along the way. One year behind Azotam was Ousmane Drame, the reigning Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year who averaged a double-double per game in his senior season. The next generation of burgeoning big man in Hamden is a six-foot, eight-inch specimen who, even if his statistics as a freshman may not necessarily have been gaudy, looks well on his way to being the same "something special" kind of player in the same vein as the three aforementioned names before him.
A homegrown talent of sorts out of the prestigious program at Hillhouse High School in New Haven, Chaise Daniels did not see much time in his rookie season, only averaging just over fourteen minutes per game playing behind Drame and Justin Harris in the Quinnipiac rotation. Once on the floor, though, Daniels made his minutes count, averaging three points and three rebounds per game, numbers that equate to nearly nine points and over seven rebounds per contest when averaged per 40 minutes, which translates to a more than serviceable stat line that has Tom Moore confident that his developing talent from nearby Meriden, Connecticut will be ready to take the next step as he enters his sophomore campaign.
"His upside is through the roof," Moore said of Daniels, whose two double-figure scoring efforts this past season came on his home floor at the TD Bank Sports Center, first against eventual MAAC champion Manhattan before replicating the feat against regular season conference winner Iona. "You don't see big kids his size that move as well as he does, and play as hard on a day-to-day basis as he does."
What sets Daniels apart is not the double-doubles that the Bobcat big men before him became synonymous with, at least not yet. Rather, what makes this rising star such a unique commodity is the determination with which he approaches his craft, a quality that is to be appreciated even more in a culture that has favored instant gratification in the prep and AAU circuits, where a player often transfers or finds a change of scenery if he is overlooked as opposed to the old-school method of working harder to improve.
"The thing that excites me about him isn't the two days a week where we play," Moore gushed, "it's the four days a week where we practice. He comes with an intensity every single day that he comes out of the locker room. That's going to serve him well as a young big guy, and I'm shocked at how much progress he's made in such a short amount of time. We started working with him last July, and it's amazing how far he's come."
Moore is no stranger to game-changing forwards, working with them long before his arrival at Quinnipiac, having helped develop the likes of Charlie Villanueva, Rudy Gay, Richard Hamilton, and Emeka Okafor while serving as an assistant to Hall of Famer Jim Calhoun at the University of Connecticut. But while the Bobcats' head coach, going into his ninth season at the helm, says that Ousmane Drame has made the most progress between his freshman and sophomore seasons since replacing Joe DeSantis in 2007, he insists that there will be a changing of the guard in that department in the very near future.
"I think Chaise will pass the improvement, the amount of improvement, that Ousmane made between (his) freshman and sophomore year," said Moore. "He has a skill that I see less and less college kids having now, and that skill is that relentless push every time he works out. Chaise Daniels has a motor that he turns on every time he goes on the court, whether it's a practice, an individual (workout) in the summer, or weightlifting session, or a game, and that's just pulling him along at a rate that's really, really impressive."
Only time will tell exactly how much of a jump Daniels will make going into his second season, but going into a year where his coach insists there are more unknown factors surrounding his team than at any other point in his tenure, he is firm in his belief that the one tangible quality Daniels possesses before the ball is tipped for the first time in November will go a long way in easing the potential feeling-out process between each member of the team.
"The experience is huge," Moore affirmed toward his soon-to-be sophomore. "He's been in every gym, he knows different teams' playing styles, he knows the physicality of the league now, and he embraces it. He's excited about it, and I think his potential is limitless."