America East Impact Freshman

They say women and children first but I have no working knowledge of America East women’s basketball, so let’s start with the young ‘uns:

Getting to know the America East Impact Rookies of 2010

UAlbany's Luke Devlin is in the mix for AE All-Rookie Team honors

F Luke Devlin, Albany: The 6-8 Aussie posted impressive numbers down under and and his range extends to the three point line. His quick release three isn’t textbook, but it seems to go in a lot. Increased footspeed is a must, but if Devlin moves well around the court, plays physically and starts the year in Will Brown’s good graces.

C John Puk, UAlbany: The 6’10 “Puck” put on weight and muscle during his redshirt season- it looks as if the he’ll be the first big that Will Brown goes to off the bench.

G Rob Mansell, Binghamton: Half of making the All- Rookie team is opportunity and Mansell should have plenty of that after the transfer of last year ROY Dylan Talley and a handful of others. Greer Wright makes his teammates better and Mansell should find himself getting open looks.

F Travis Robinson, Boston University: It’s hard to sort out how where the minutes will come from for BU’s incoming small forward Travis Robinson- starts the year behind America East star John Holland in the depth chart.

PF Dominic Morris, Boston University: Amongst a plethora of scorers, the solid 6’8 Morris could find a niche as the insider banger. Also watch out for the development of BU’s 7’1 giant Mat Piotrowski.

G D.J. Irving, Boston University: Whoever can wrest away the Terrier’s starting point guard spot from other six competitors should be able to rack up assists with an abundance of talented scoring options and Irving seems as likely a candidate as any. Fellow freshman guards Mike Terry, Malik Thomas could also find their way onto the court.

F Alasdair Fraser, Maine: The Scotsman had an excellent summer in European, where he lead the Scottish team in scoring. He’ll likely need to add strength, but he should fortify the frontcourt alongside Sean McNally, Malachi Peay and the Canadians.

PG Jordan Bronner, New Hampshire: The transfer of assist-man Russell Graham opens the way for Bronner to play at point guard. He needs to develop strength, but if he lives up to his billing as a true point guard with a great handle, Bill Herrion will be tempted to give him extended minutes.

G David Coley, Stony Brook: This Brooklyn product wasn’t at full strength his senior year following knee injuries in high school, but Coley has potential kick in some production to help offset the losses of El-Amin and Brenton.

F Chase Plummer, UMBC: Plummer is a bit short power forward at 6’6, but don’t expect the wide-boded Plummer to be overwhelmed in the AE- he played alongside Kentucky’s Kyle Irving and #1 2011 recruit Mike Gilchrist at St. Patrick High School.

G Josh Elbaum, Vermont: The Catamounts’ backcourt is a huge question mark and Elbaum, a tall point guard, could earn minutes as the year progresses. And the same goes for freshman shooting guard Lando Calrissian, er, Sandro Carissimo.

F Brian Voelkel, Vermont: A physical imposing freshman who at 6’5, doesn’t have a true position on the floor, but hustles and will do the little things for Lonergan.

Two of the top incoming freshman in 2009 never saw the floor due to knee injuries and subsequent surgery, but if healthy, both should make a big impact in 2010-11.

F Luke Apfeld, Vermont: Apfeld was the highest rated recruit entering the AE last year, but missed the season due to faulty knees. If he can regain his health, the athletic 6’7 forward should be a terror on the boards UVM very difficult up front.

G Jamar Wertz, UMBC: Wertz is a slashing guard with a great first name and initials. Randy Monroe hailed as having “uncanny moves to the basket.” It’s hard to bet against a crafty Jamar W. in the America East…

All-Rookie Team Picks:

David Coley, Stony Brook

Jamar Wertz, UMBC

Brian Voelkel, Vermont

Luke Devlin, UAlbany

Luke Apfeld, Vermont



~ by TheMidRangeGame on November 6, 2010.

2 Responses to “America East Impact Freshman”

  1. Like most UA fans I hope Luke has a good Frosh year. I just hope people don’t put to much pressure on him.

    I am surprised there was no mention of John Puk at 6’10” he could see minutes for UA

  2. Originally, I didn’t have Puk, but I decided to put him on a few minutes after I posted- in the AE, opportunity is more than half the battle to all-rookie recognition (Jon Iati knows all about that).

    I think there’s actually very little pressure on Devlin- he’s a frosh who gets to play right away, he’s at best 3rd option on offensive, probably fourth to start the year, and no one is pushing him for PF minutes. Brown is desperate for him to develop so I think he will cut Devlin more slack than he usually does for freshman (similar situation to Black when Johnson issue arose).

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