Rhamel Brown (Brooklyn, NY) proved to be an imposing force on the defensive end of the floor for the Jaspers. The 6-8 forward was named MAAC Defensive Player of the Year three times during his career at Manhattan College.
Brown recorded a career-high 3.6 blocks per game during the 2013-14 season, ranking third in the nation.
The former Transit Tech High School standout was vital in Manhattan's recent success. Brown anchored the Jaspers' defensive efforts while bringing the MAAC Championship back to Riverdale, NY. Brown and co. advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history since 2004.
6 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks in win vs. Team Believe.
Eric McAlister (Highstown, NJ) played a major role in Stony Brook’s recent success. The 6-8 forward appeared in 122 of 127 games during his career as the Sea Wolves finished with a 88-39 (66%) overall record.
As a senior in 2013-14, McAlister registered career-highs in all statistical categories including points (7.5 PPG), field goal percentage (58%), rebounds (5.5 RPG) and blocks (1.2 BPG).
The versatile athlete helped bring Stony Brook to the America East Tournament Championship this season.
18 points (8-13 FG; 2-4 3PT), 5 rebounds and 3 blocks in loss vs. Team Anchor.
As a sophomore in 2011-12, Marcus Damas (Bay Shore, NY) and Towson finished 1-31 (1-17, CAA). This season, Damas averaged 11.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game as Towson (25-11) placed second in the conference with a 13-3 record.
The 6-7 wing posted double-digit points in 22 games as a senior, including a 26-point performance in a win over Drexel in early February. Damas and Towson advanced to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament quarter-finals this season.
11 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists in win vs. Team Believe.
Branden Frazier (Brooklyn, NY) finishes his Fordham career ranked second all-time in assists (503) and eighth in points (1,642).
The dynamic 6-2 guard led the Rams in both categories in 2013-14, averaging 18.2 points and 4.3 assists per game.
Despite Fordham's struggles in the competitive Atlantic 10 conference, Frazier's overall performance during his four years helped build a foundation for The Bronx school.
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14 points (6-9 FG; 2-4 3PT) and 3 rebounds in win vs. Team Passion
Omari Lawrence (Bronx, NY) concluded his Kansas State career with a trip to the NCAA Tournament.
The aggressive 6-3 guard set career-highs in points, rebounds and assists during his senior season in 2013-14.
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11 points, five rebounds and 2 assists in win vs. Team Passion
Quinnipiac debuted in the MAAC this season and senior Ike Azotam aided the Bobcats' first-year success. A former standout in the Northeast Conference, Azotam registered career-highs of 16.2 points and 10.2 rebounds per game in 2013-14.
The Boston, MA product was named to the National Basketball Association of Coaches (NABC) All-District I First Team.
Azotam's on-court performances have secured his place in the Quinnipiac record books. The bruising 6-7 forward finishes 13th in scoring and 3rd all-time in rebounding.
6 points and 3 rebounds in loss vs. Team Believe
After a two-year career at University of Arkansas-Little Rock, Leroy Isler will be returning to New York to compete in the inaugural Gotham Hoops Invitational.
The 6-5 wing averaged 7.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 2013-14 to help lead the Trojans to the Sun Belt Conference Championship Quarterfinals.
Isler registered 17.8 points and 13.7 rebounds per game as a senior in 2009-10 to lead Boys & Girls High School won their first PSAL Championship in 31 years.
Stephen Nwaukoni (Queens, NY), an overpowering 6-8, 240 lbs. forward, finished fourth in the CAA with a team-high 8.8 rebounds per game in 2013-14.
The former Thomas Edison High School standout registered 10 or more rebounds 12 times as a senior, while recording seven double-doubles.
Nwaukoni averaged 13.5 rebounds per game during his final four games at Hofstra, including a CAA Tournament opening round win over UNC-Wilmington.
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Michael Murray (Brooklyn, NY) was named to the All-MEAC First Team in 2013-14 after averaging a team-high 14.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per contest.
The 6-5 guard scored 20+ points nine times during the season including a 28-point (11-15 FG, 3-5 3PT), seven-rebound performance in a rout over Delaware State in early December.
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Anthony Jackson (Columbus, OH) registered a career year in 2013-14. The elusive 6-0 guard netted a career best 12.5 points per game.
Jackson recorded double-digit scoring 19 times during the season including a 36-point (12-16 FG, 7-9 3PT, 5-5 FT) outburst in late November. The senior was named All-America East Third Team as a result of his stellar play on the hardwood.
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Rafriel Guthrie (Washington, D.C.) made quite an impact on the Towson program during his two-year stint.
The hard-nosed 6-3 guard helped turnaround a 1-31 record in 2011-12 to a 18-13 mark and second place finish in the CAA in his first season donning a Tiger uniform.
Guthrie finished second on the team in scoring (11.4 PPG) as Towson advanced to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament quarter-finals in 2013-14.
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Mike Poole (Rosedale, NY) joined Iona after three seasons at Rutgers University. The 6-5 forward averaged 6.0 points per game as senior in 2013-14.
The former St. Benedict's (NJ) standout registered career-highs in rebounds (4.2 RPG) and assists (1.9 APG) this season while guiding the Gaels to the MAAC Championship.
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John Petrucelli (Hicksville, NY) was named East Coast Conference Player of the Year in 2013-14. The versatile 6-4 guard averaged a conference-leading 23.7 points per game on 47.5% shooting.
Petrucelli, a four-time All-Conference recipient, led NCAA Division II in total steals (103) and steals per game (3.68).
The senior broke program several program records this season, including: points in a single game (39, 12/11/13), points per game in a single season (23.7) and made field goals (16, 1/15/14).
Dave Coley (Brooklyn, NY) entered his senior season named to the All-America East team in the preseason and lived up to the expectations.
The 6-2 guard averaged 10.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in 2013-14 while leading Stony Brook to their fourth 20-win season in five seasons. Coley, a former Thomas Jefferson High School standout, was also an All-Defensive selection.
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A three-point marksmen, Brian Oliver (Glassboro, NJ) saw his finest shooting performance come in his senior season. A former Georgia Tech forward, Oliver shot the ball from beyond the arc at 42%, leading the Seton Hall Pirates in the category.
The 6-7 wing registered 15 or more points in 10 contests in 2013-14, a feat previously accomplished a total of six times beforehand.
Oliver nailed five three-pointers and scored 20 points to anchor Seton Hall to a key regular season victory in early March.
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Ben Mockford (Shoreham-by-Sea, England) finished the 2013-14 season with career-highs in scoring, field goal and three-point percentage.
The 6-2 sharp-shooter netted 12.0 points per game (second best on the team) while shooting 42% from the floor and 41% from beyond the arc.
Mockford recorded a career-high 30 points (11-18 FG, 8-14 3PT) in a win over rival LIU Brooklyn in early January.
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The book on Bloochy Magloire (Staten Island, NY) has been well-storied. The senior missed CSI's first seven games of the year, then proceeded to lead the squad with a 17.2 point scoring average per game.
The 414 points this season led Magloire to 1,822 in his career, putting him just a handful of points in front of former-Dolphin Michael Stewart for first place all time on the CSI career scoring list.
Magloire added career records for three-pointers (278) and free-throw shooting percentage (82.0%). His 53 three-pointers this season led the squad, and the senior added 4.2 rebounds per game, while collecting 51 assists, 10 blocks, and 38 steals.
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Naofall Folahan entered his senior season as the Northeast Conference's active leader in blocks. The 6-11 rim protector exceeded expectations while blocking a career-high 2.89 shots per game.
A native of Cotonou, Benin, Folahan's defensive impact aided the success of Wagner College in the NEC. The Seahawks finished the 2013-14 regular season 19-12 (12-4, NEC), securing a second seed in conference playoffs.
Wagner finished a spot behind the conference leader in Folahan's sophomore, junior and senior campaign's due in large part to their big man's length and defensive presence.
The instant success of Sindey Sanders Jr. is one for the NCAA record books. A reserve guard as a junior, the 5-11 play-maker increased his scoring average from 4.6 points per game to 19.2 points per game (second-highest increase in the NCAA and seventh best since 1996-97).
As a result of his stellar senior season, Sanders Jr. was unanimously voted as the Northeast Conference Most Improved Player while also named First Team All-NEC.
"To be the most improved player in the conference and a first team selection is very rare in this day and age," Fairleigh Dickinson head coach Greg Herenda tells FDUKnights.com. "Sid did just about everything possible for our team from a basketball perspective this year. He literally put our team on his back and did what was necessary; whether it was scoring, distributing, stealing or rebounding the basketball."
Sanders Jr. finished the season averaging career-highs in points (19.2), rebounds (3.8), assists (5.8), and steals (2.2).
Du'Vaughn Maxwell (Manhattan, NY) was named MEAC Defensive Player of the Year this season after averaging 7.5 rebounds and a conference-high 3.5 blocks per game.
The lengthy 6-7 forward recorded a team-high 14.9 points per game in 2013-14, as well.
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Louis Montes (Brockton, MA) anchored Sacred Heart’s offense in 2013-14, scoring a team-high 12.8 points per contest.
The 6-5 bruising forward posted career-highs in points (14.4 PPG), rebounds (6.2 RPG) and steals (1.1 SPG) as a junior in 2012-13.
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In his only season at York College, Michael Woods (Brooklyn, NY) made quite the impact. The 6-3 guard rewrote the school's record books during his senior season.
Woods set the record for points in a single game (46) and single season (843). The former St. Thomas Aquinas standout was named CUNYAC Player of the Year upon averaging a conference-leading 28.1 points per game. Woods was also named Tournament MVP en route to a CUNYAC Championship.
The scoring guard was the first York NABC All-American since 2001.
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DaShawn Gomez (Inglewood, CA) committed to Iona following a successful career at Antalope Valley College (CA).
Gomez was named Honorable Mention All-State (CCCAA) and First Team All-Foothill Conference for his play during the 2011-12 season. The 6-2 guard averaged 11.3 points and 5.3 points per game.
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Umar Shannon (Atlantic City, NJ) starred for St. Francis (PA) before transferring to Quinnipiac as a graduate student-athlete. Shannon’s finest season came in 2011-12 as the 5-11 guard registered a career-high 26.0 points per game.
Shannon averaged 14.3 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 2013-14 before sustaining a career-ending injury. The crafty play-maker is cleared medically and is set to return to the court on Sunday, April 13 for the inaugural Gotham Hoops Invitational.
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Andre Armstrong (Jamaica, NY) spent two years competing in the MEAC at Coppin State.
The 6-3 guard averaged 11.9 points while shooting 83% from the charity-stripe. Armstrong starred at Forest Hills High School and Monroe Community College before attending Coppin State.
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Leon Taylor (South Side, NY) joined the Dowling College program after an impressive career at South Side High School. The 6-0 guard was named All-Long Island, All-Conference and Conference Player of the Year as a senior.
Taylor joined the Lions for a program turnover during the course of his career. Dowling finished 8-19 overall is 2009-10, Taylor's freshman campaign.
As a senior in 2013-14, Taylor registered 10.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists as the Lions won the East Coast Conference with a 22-7 mark.
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A former Division I guard at Maryland Eastern Shore, JoJo Swift shined on the Division II level with the University of Bridgeport. The Brooklyn, NY product led the Purple Knights to back-to-back East Coast Conference Championships as Swift railed in the accolades.
The 5-10 Swift earned ECC Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors in 2012-13 and 2013-14. The senior was selected First Team All-ECC, as well.
Swift registered a career-high 16.4 points per game while leading Bridgeport to a 18-11 (14-6, ECC) record in 2013-14.
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Jeff Adkins, a Piscataway, NJ product, helped turn around the University of New Haven program during his tenure in Connecticut. The 6-2 play-maker aided the Chargers' improved winning culture throughout his career.
In 2013-14, Adkins has his finest season, posting career-highs of 16.8 points and 4.5 assists per game. The senior led New Haven to a 21-9 overall record and No. 2 seed in the NCAA Division Tournament.
In the NE-10 Championship, Adkins poured in a career-high 28 points (10-14 FG, 3-3 3PT, 5-6 FT) while hauling down nine rebounds in a two-point loss to nationally ranked Southern Connecticut State University.
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Justin Alexander (Staten Island, NY) averaged 11.1 points and a team-high 8.9 rebounds per game as a senior, aiding Dowling's best season in recent years.
Alexander's rebounding efforts ranked fifth among East Coast Conference leaders. The Lions registered 22 wins on the year while finishing second in conference play before falling in the ECC Tournament semi-finals.
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Frankie Drayton (Sheapshead Bay, NY) averaged a career-high 21.7 points per game, shooting nearly 80% from the free-throw line on the season.
The 6-1 guard was named First Team All-CUNYAC, joining York College's Michael Woods.
Drayton led Hunter College to the CUNYAC Tournament semi-finals before falling to Bloochy Magloire and College of Staten Island.
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Olajide Keshinro (Brooklyn, NY) averaged an honest 2.7 points, 1.6 rebounds, and 0.4 blocks per game as a junior in 2012-13. The 6-7 big man elevated his level of play during the 2013-14.
As a senior, Keshinro posted team-highs of 11.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per contest in 2013-14. Keshinro also led the Mavericks in nearly field goal percentage (54.0%), made free-throws (69), offensive (87) and defensive (140) rebounds.
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Farmingdale State's Donald Lawes -- the best shot blocker statistically in NCAA basketball -- stood just 5-51/2 as a high school freshman at Forest Hills. Too short for the sport, he instead became a gymnast. Now in his senior year in college, he's listed at 6-7 for the Rams (18-9).
He had a personal-best 11 blocks in one game and transferred to Farmingdale last season, where 7-1 AJ Matthews set the season record with 99 in 2010-11.
Lawes now has the record with 116 and is averaging 4.5 per game to lead all NCAA divisions. He is averaging 12.7 points and 8.8 rebounds.
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Corwin Austin (Brooklyn, NY) played a role in helping Dowling College reach 20 wins in a season for the first time since 1996-97. The Lions finished 22-6 in 2013-14.
As a season, the former Thomas Jefferson standout averaged 10.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists per contest.
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