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Local NY/NJ Guide To The 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

by Gregg Snyder | Posted on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

March Madness is here. So many people around the country are filling out brackets as well speak, and will continue to do so until the 2nd Round tips off at noon EST on Thursday. With so many teams in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament you might think it’s too hard to follow the local teams and players that will be competing. Not so fast!

DoubleGSports.com has your viewing guide to help you prepare to cheer on the local athletes and school in this years’ tournament.

Let’s start with the teams…

Syracuse Orange (25-7), #3 seed in the South Bracket

The Orange completed their first season in the ACC with a second place regular season finish. Despite being upset in the conference tournament by North Carolina State, Syracuse finished the season 25-7 and spent much of the year ranked in the Top 5. The Orange, led by Jim Boeheim are poised to make a run in the Big Dance. This is the 37th NCAA Appearance for Syracuse and the 31st under Boeheim. They are 60-37 all time in tournament play and have made it to five Final Fours. Syracuse is led by 2nd Team All-American, C.J. Fair, who averaged a team high 16.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game this season. Freshman Tyler Ennis runs the show from the point guard position and led the ACC with 5.6 assists and 2.1 steals per game.

Syracuse will play No. 14 seed Western Michigan in their tournament opener.

Albany Great Danes (18-14), #16 seed, Play-In Game in South Bracket

The Albany Great Danes captured their second straight America East Championship by beating Stony Brook and will now make their fourth ever NCAA Tournament appearance. They’ve never won a game in the tournament.  Peter Hooley leads the Great Dances, averaging 15.7 points per game while Sam Rowley plays a big role, averaging 11.5 points and 6.7 rebounds. John Puk provides a nice inside presence, recording 43 blocks this season.

Albany will play Mount Saint Mary’s in the play-in game with the winner advancing to battle top overall seed, Florida.

Manhattan Jaspers (25-7), #13 seed in the Midwest Bracket

The Jaspers enter the tournament for the seventh time after winning the MAAC Tournament. Manhattan is 25-7 this season under head coach Steve Masiello. This is a hot team, having won 11 of their last 12 games. The Jaspers typically do some damage in the tournament having won their first game two of the last three times. This is a team that has the talent to win a few games in this type of tournament, but they unfortunately are stuck playing No. 4 seed Louisville, a team many believe have a great chance to win the entire tournament.

Manhattan is led by George Beamon who averages 19.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.

Those are the three NY/NJ teams that received a bid to dance. It’s obvious the one with the best chance to make a long run is Syracuse. There are ton of local players that will be participating on other teams in the tournament. Let’s take a look…

Manhattan College - the 2014 MAAC champions - (Courtesy: Stockton Photo)

Manhattan College – the 2014 MAAC champions – (Courtesy: Stockton Photo)

Albany

Ede Egharevba – Sophomore – F – Queens, NY

Appeared in 12 games including one start. Averages 6.3 minutes, 2.2 points, 1.3 rebounds.

Reece Williams – Sophomore – G – White Plains, NY

Appeared in four games. Averaged 1.3 minutes and recorded one rebound.

Cincinnati

Sean Kilpatrick – Redshirt Senior – G – Yonkers, NY

Started 32 games averaging 33.7 minutes. Led team with 20.7 points per game. Also averaged 4.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists.

Jermaine Lawrence – Freshman – F – Springfield Garden, NY – Pope John XXIII HS – NJ

Appeared in 25 games, averaging 15.4 minutes, 2.9 points and 2.9 rebounds.

Jermaine Sanders – Junior – F – Far Rockaway, NY

Appeared in 33 games, averaging 21.5 minutes, 5.9 points, and 3.1 rebounds.

Shaquille Thomas – Redshirt Sophomore – F – Paterson, NJ

Started all 33 games. Averages 23 minutes, 6.8 points, and 2.8 rebounds.

Connecticut

Omar Calhoun – Sophomore – G – Brooklyn, NY

Appeared in 30 games, averaging 4.1 points, 1.5 rebounds, and 0.4 assists

Tor Watts – Senior – G – Brooklyn, NY

Appeared in seven games for a total of 13 minutes. Scored two points, grabbed two rebounds, and two steals.

Creighton

Devin Brooks – Junior – G – Harlem, NY

Appeared in 32 games, averaging 17.0 minutes, 6.8 points, and was third on team with 3.7 rebounds per game.

Dayton

Scoochie Smith – Freshman – G – New York, NY

Appeared in all 33 games. Averaged 17.0 minutes, 3.5 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 2.0 assists.

Delaware

Carl Baptiste – Senior – F – Pittstown, NY

Appeared in 34 games, starting 33 of them. Averaging 11.3 points and 8.0 rebounds in 27.7 minutes.

Florida

Eli Carter – Junior – G – Paterson, NJ

Transfer from Rutgers appeared in seven games, averaging 7.6 minutes. Hit one three point basket.

 

Chaz Williams and UMASS received a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament. (Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE)

Chaz Williams and UMASS received a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament. (Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE)

George Washington

Ryan McCoy – Junior – F – Skillman, NJ

Sat out this year after transferring from Manhattan.

Gonzaga

Angel Nunez – Redshirt Sophomore – F – Washington Heights, NY

Averaged 7.3 minutes in 22 games. Averaging 3.7 points and 2.1 rebounds.

Iowa

Melsahn Basabe – Senior – F – Glen Cove, NY

Appeared in 31 games, started 30. Averaged 7.5 points and 5.7 rebounds in 18.1 minutes.

Iowa State

Dustin Hogue – Junior – F – Yonkers, NY

Started all 33 games. Averaged 10.7 points and 8.6 rebounds. He shoots 55% from the field.

Kansas

Niko Roberts – Senior – G – Huntington, NY

Appeared in six games including one start. Scored two points.

Kansas State

Omari Lawrence – Senior – G – Bronx, NY

Former St. John’s player appeared in 32 games, including one start for Kansas State. Averaged 3.2 points and 1.8 rebounds in 13.1 minutes.

Shane Southwell – Senior – G – Harlem, NY

Started 23 of the 30 games he appeared in. Averages 26.8 minutes, 9.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.8 assists.

Jevon Thomas - Freshman - G – Queens, NY

Averaged 16.9 minutes in 20 games. Averages 2.6 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 2.8 assists.

Kentucky

Brian Long – Junior – G – Dumont, NJ

Appeared in one game for one minutes this season.

Dakari Johnson – Freshman – C – Brooklyn, NY

The 7′ center appeared in 33 games, starting 12 of them. Averages 12.8 minutes, 4.9 points and 4.0 rebounds. He is a 56% field goal shooter and recorded 20 blocks this season.

Louisville

Russ Smith – Senior – G – Brooklyn, NY

Started 33 of the 34 games he appeared. Averages 28.7 minutes per contest, scoring 18.3 points (team high). Averages 3.4 rebounds per game. He has dished out 159 assists this season as well. Shoots 41% from three-point range.

Kevin Ware – Junior – G – Bronx, NY

Appeared in nine games for an average of 5.9 minutes. Averages 1.7 points and 0.6 rebounds.

Manhattan

Shane Richards – Sophomore – F – New York, NY

Appeared in 32 games, including three starts. Averages 8.5 points and 1.8 rebounds. A three-point specialist, shooting 42% from behind the arc.

Tyler Wilson – Freshman - G – Bronx, NY

Has four starts in 32 game appearances. Averaging 2.1 points and 1.0 rebounds.

Rhamel Brown – Senior – F/C – Brooklyn, NY

Started all 32 games for Manhattan this season, averaging 10.1 points and 6.0 rebounds. He has blocked 117 shots.

RaShawn Stores – Junior – G – Bronx, NY

Started 24 games, appeared in 32. Averaging 5.1 points and 2.1 rebounds.

Emmy Andujar – Junior – F – Bronx, NY

Five starts in 32 game appearances. Averaging 8.5 points and 5.3 rebounds.

Rich Williams - Freshman – G – Brooklyn, NY

Appeared in 30 games, including seven starts. Averaging 4.4 points and 2.2 rebounds.

George Beamon – Senior – G/F – Roslyn, NY

Started all 29 games he appeared in this season. He is the leader of the team in points (19.2), rebounds (6.6) and minutes (31.1).

Ashton Pankey – Sophomore – F – Bronx, NY

Appeared in 32 games, starting 20. Averaging 6.8 points and 4.3 rebounds while shooting 58% from the field.

Michael Alvarado – Senior – G – Bronx, NY

Started all 31 games he appeared in. Averaging 12.0 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 4.0 assists.

Carlton Allen – Freshman – C – Ewing, NJ

Appeared in 25 games for an average of 3.3 minutes. Recorded seven points and nine rebounds.

Massachusetts

Derrick Gordon – Redshirt Sophomore – G – Plainfield, NJ

Averages 9.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game.

Chaz Williams – Redshirt Senior – G – Brooklyn, NY

Averaging 15.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 7.0 assists.

Jabarie Hinds – Junior – G – Mount Vernon, NY

No stats recorded this season.

Milwaukee

Jordan Aaron – Senior – G – Bronx, NY

Started 28 of the 29 games he appeared in this season. Led the team with 14.9 points per game. Also contributed 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists.

Mount Saint Mary’s

Chris Martin – Junior – G – Upper Marlboro, Md – St. Patrick’s HS, NJ

Sat out this season after transferring from Marshall

Liam McManimon – Sophomore – G – Galloway, NJ – Holy Spirit HS

Appeared in 14 games including one start, averaging 4.4 minutes. Contributed six points, five rebounds, and four steals.

North Carolina

Desmond Hubert – Junior – F – Cream Ridge, NJ – New Egypt HS

Averaged 6.1 minutes in 29 games. He has scored a total of 19 points while averaging 1.1 rebounds.

North Carolina Central

Jordan Parks – Junior – F – Queens, NY

Appeared in all 33 games as the main spark off the bench. In 19.0 minutes, Parks averages 10.2 points and 5.6 rebounds, both second on the team.

Ohio State

LaQuinton Ross – Junior – F – Jackson, Miss. – Life Center Academy, NJ

Started all 34 games this season, playing an average of 28.8 minutes. Led the team in points (15.4) and rebounds (6.1) per game.

Andrew Goldstein – Junior – G – Marlboro, NJ

Appeared in two games for a total of one minute.

Oklahoma

Isaiah Cousins – Sophomore – G – Mount Vernon, NY

Started all 32 games, playing an average of 29.2 minutes. Averages 10.8 points and 4.1 rebounds.

Oklahoma State

Kamari Murphy – Sophomore – Post – Brooklyn, NY

Started 20 games and has 32 total appearances. Averaging 25.8 minutes, 6.0 points and 6.2 rebounds. He shoots 55% from the field.

Pittsburgh

Derrick Randall – Junior – F – Brooklyn, NY – Rutgers Transfer

The transfer from Rutgers has just one start but appeared in all 34 games. He is averaging 2.1 points and 2.5 rebounds in 8.8 minutes.

Chris Jones – Redshirt Freshman – G/F – Teaneck, NJ

Averaged 7.6 minutes in 28 games. Averaging 2.3 points and 0.9 rebounds.

Lamar Patterson – Redshirt Senior – G/F – St. Benedict’s HS, NJ

Started all 34 games, playing an average of 32.6 minutes. Led team, averaging 17.6 points. Also averages 4.8 rebounds. Has dishes out 146 assists. Shoots 40% from three-point range.

Michael Young – Freshman – F – Duquesne, PA – St. Benedict’s HS, NJ

Started all 34 games, averaging 21.7 minutes, 5.9 points, and 4.2 rebounds. He is a 82% free-throw shooter.

Providence

Tyler Harris – Dix Hills, NY – St. Benedict’s HS, NJ

Started all 34 games, playing an average of 32.0 minutes. The NC State transfer is averaging 11.5 points and 5.2 rebounds.

Saint Joseph’s

Daryus Quarles – Senior – F – Paulsboro, NJ

Averaged 11.8 minutes in 23 games. Averaging 2.5 points and 1.1 rebounds.

Ronald Roberts, Jr. – Senior – F – Bayonne, NJ – St. Peter’s Prep HS

Started all 31 games he appeared in. Second on the team in points (14.4) and rebounds (7.4). He’s blocked 42 shots and shoots 60% from the field.

Colin Kelly – Senior – F – West Deptford, NJ – Gloucester Catholic HS

Appeared in 10 games for an average of 1.9 minutes. Has scored three points and grabbed three rebounds.

DeAndre Bembry – Freshman – Charlotte, NC – The Patrick School, NJ

Started all 33 games, averaging 32.2 minutes, 12.0 points, and 4.5 rebounds.

Halil Kanacevic – Senior – F – Staten Island, NY

Started all 33 games, while on the floor for 31.8 minutes. Averages 10.7 points, 8.8 rebounds. He has blocked 51 shots.

Saint Louis

Achraf Yacoubou – Redshirt Junior – G – Bronx, NY

Sat out this season after transferring from Villanova.

Reggie Agbeko – Freshman – F – Buffalo, NY

Appeared in 17 games, including two starts. Averages 1.6 points and 1.4 rebounds in 5.6 minutes.

SF Austin

Sharife Sergeant – Junior – F – Bronx, NY

Appeared in 19 games for an average of 3.4 minutes. Scored a total of 14 points.

 

Kyle Anderson is one of the best all around players in college basketball. (photo by Scott Chandler).

Kyle Anderson is one of the best all around players in college basketball. (photo by Scott Chandler).

Stanford

Wade Morgan – Junior – G – South Orange, NJ – The Delbarton School

Appeared in seven games for an average of 1.7 minutes. Scored one point this season.

Syracuse

Tyler Ennis – Freshman – G – Brampton, Ontario – St. Benedict’s HS, NJ

Started all 32 games at point guard, averaging 35.6 minutes. Second on team in scoring (12.7) while leading in assists (5.6). Also grabs 3.4 rebounds per game. Has 68 steals to his stat sheet.

Tyler Robinson – Freshman – F – Union, NJ – Roselle Catholic

19 game appearances including one start. Averages 2.1 points and 1.8 rebounds in 8.1 minutes.

Nolan Hart – Senior – G – Albany, NY

Played one minute in three games. Scored one point and grabbed one rebound.

DaJuan Coleman – Sophomore – F – Jamesville, NY

Started 12 games, appeared in 13. Averaged 13.0 minutes, 4.3 points, and 4.2 rebounds.

Chinonso Obokoh – Freshman – C – Rochester, NY

Did Not Play This Season

Texas Southern

Jose Rodriguez – Junior – F – Bronx, NY

Appeared in 32 games, including 19 starts. Averages 25.6 minutes, 11.2 points, and 5.8 rebounds.

UCLA

Kyle Anderson – Sophomore – G/F – Fairview, NY – St. Anthony’s HS, NJ

Started 33 games, averaging 33.2 minutes. Second on the team with 14.9 points. Averages 8.8 rebounds and 6.6 assists.

Villanova

Henry Lowe – Sophomore – G – New York, NY

Averaged 1.4 minutes in eight games. Scored five points, grabbed one rebound. Has made all three shots he’s taken today.

Nick McMahon – Senior – G – Colts Neck, NJ

Appeared in 11 games, including one start. Averaged 2.4 minutes. Scored two points and grabbed one rebound.

Patrick Farrell – Sophomore – F – Rockville Centre, NY

Averaged 1.5 minutes in eight games. Scored one point and two rebounds.

JayVaughn Pinkston – Redshirt Junior – F – Brooklyn, NY

Started all 32 games. Averaging 27.3 minutes, 14.2 points, and 6.1 rebounds.

Virginia

Mike Tobey – Sophomore – F/C – Monroe, NY – Blair Academy

Started 25 games, appeared in 34 for an average of 18.2 minutes. Averages 6.5 points and 3.8 rebounds.

Virginia Commonwealth

Melvin Johnson – Sophomore – G – Bronx, NY – St. Benedict’s Prep, NJ

Started seven games while appearing in 33. Averaged 10.4 points (third on team) and 2.2 rebounds.

Wichita State

Cleanthony Early – Senior – F – Middletown, NY

Started all 34 games, averaging 27.3 minutes. Led team with 15.8 points and 5.9 rebounds.

Xavier

Myles Davis – Freshman – G – Plainfield, NJ

Appeared in 33 games, two starts. Averaged 5.4 points and 1.6 rebounds in 18.2 minutes.

Kamall Richards – Freshman – F – Brooklyn, NJ

Averaged 3.3 minutes in seven games. Scored five points and grabbed four rebounds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Husband, Father, Big Sports Fan. Gregg founded DoubleGSports.com in 2009 and is still the CEO. He can reach him by email at gregg@doublegsports.com. Gregg is a member of the Football Writers Association of America as well as the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. You will find Gregg's writings in many different areas of Double G Sports. Follow Double G Sports on Twitter @DoubleGSports and 'like' our Facebook fan page.

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