Friday, February 15, 2008

Tourney time

UMaine recruit Jon McAlian, a 6-5 guard/forward, and his Bangor High team begin Class A tournament play Saturday at the Augusta Civic Center. Bangor (18-0) takes on Brunswick at 9:30 p.m.

Winthrop's Sam Leclerc, a 6-3 point guard, is reportedly fielding some D1 interest including from UMaine. Winthrop begins Class C tourney play Monday in Augusta. The Ramblers (17-1) take on Hyde School at 4 p.m.

Maranacook is 18-0 and will tip off at 11:05 a.m. Saturday against Rockland at the Bangor Auditorium. Maranacook is led by sharpshooting guard Ryan Martin, who recently dropped 58 on an opponent. Martin has been reportedly asked to walk on at UMaine. Martin measures out at about 5-8, 5-9, but don't let that fool you. He can shoot it and apparently has serious work ethic. He's been seen at Alfond on a number of occasions this year.

Couldn't help but draw a parallel between Martin and UMBC's Jay Greene. Check out the article at on Greene. The 5-8 wizard is among the NCAA leaders in assists and assists-to-turnover ratio.

Greene torched UMaine for some big hoops and clutch free throws last year, leading UMBC to a win in an America East quarterfinal at Agganis Arena. Through the years, America East has had plenty of small guys with big hearts.

Ryan Stys of Hartford was one of my more recent favorites. Not big of stature, but a guy that gave you every ounce he had, every night. There is room for these guys in America East. One of them is playing in the NBA right now: Jose Juan Barea (Northeastern).

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