Wednesday, March 12, 2008

My all-tourney picks

Joe Zeglinski, sophomore guard, Hartford ... after New Hampshire battled back to tie the game late, Zeglinski hit a killer step-back jumper at the right elbow to retake the lead for Hartford. In a guard-dominated league, he's one of the best.

Jay Greene, junior guard, Maryland-Baltimore County ... for my money, the best player, pound for pound, in America East. He sets the tone for the league's best team with his variable speed abilities and he just flat out has a basketball IQ that is fun to watch. He passes with both hands equally well and delivers assists with Chris Paul-like precision.

Ray Barbosa, senior guard, Maryland-Baltimore County ... When the Retrievers needed it most while laboring against Vermont in the semifinals, scoring 29 points, including a couple crucial pressure-valve 3s.

Daryl Proctor, junior forward, Maryland-Baltimore County ... he doesn't wow you with physical gifts, but what he does is find the ball, over and over again. He just goes out and gets the ball for his team. And, oh yeah, he has a deft fallaway from about 12-, 15-feet and is nifty at converting Greene passes around the hoop.

Warren McLendon, junior forward, Hartford ... Two solid games from a guy that not many were talking about entering the tourney. He gives Hartford an inside presence to go along with the play of Zeglinski, Jaret Von Rosenburg and Morgan Sabia on the perimeter.

Honorable mention: Corey Lowe, guard, Boston U.; Matt Wolff, Boston U.; Mark Socoby, guard, UMaine; Alvin Abreu, guard, New Hampshire; Marqus Blakely, forward, Vermont.

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