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Friday, February 11, 2011
America East All-Conference Picks
As America East conference play winds down, we are starting to get a better picture of who might be honored at the end of the season.
These are my personal picks:
First Team Evan Fjeld, UVM John Holland, BU Chris De La Rosa, UMBC (pictured) Troy Barnies, Maine Tim Ambrose, UAlbany
I'm tempted to take Barnies off the First Team list based on his recent performance against Hartford, but that's probably not fair. He's still 7th in scoring (14.2), 4th in rebounding (7.7), and 2nd in FG% (.531). De La Rosa jumps out at me as the player of the year so far, leading the conference in assists (6.7, a full TWO assists more a game than the second-place Brian Voelkel), he's also second in points (16.8), and he even found his way onto the rebounding top 20 (at 19th, with 4.4 boards a game) despite being 5'10". Holland (19.0 ppg, 5.6 RPG) and Ambrose (16.4 PPG, 5.3 RPG, and 3.4 APG) should also get a number of first place votes for player of the year.
Second Team Brian Voelkel, UVM Logan Aronhalt, UAlbany Mahamoud Jabbi, Binghamton Tyrone Conley, UNH Morgan Sabia, Hartford
Maybe part of the reason I left Barnies on the First Team is because I have no idea who would move up. It would probably be Voelkel, but I'm self-conscious about doing that on a UVM blog. Voelkel is leading the league in Rebounding (9.8), he's second in both steals (1.7) and assists (4.7), and every Vermont fan (and most America East fans by now) knows his overall impact to the team is immeasurable. Aronhalt has been great as Ambrose's sidekick (14.7 PPG), and Sabia is a do-everything guy for Hartford who has very similar numbers to Barnies (14.1 PPG, 7.2 RPG). Maybe Sabia will work his way onto the First Team. I'm guessing Voelkel probably won't.
Did I snub anyone? Arguments could be made for Joe Zeglinski (Hartford), Milton Burton (Hartford), Bryan Dougher (Stony Brook), Gerald McLemore (Maine), and Dane DiLiegro (UNH), among others. But I feel pretty comfortable with these ten guys. So I guess we'll consider those last five "honorable mention," or the Third Team All-Conference.
We will see how my picks match up with those that matter at the end of the season.
I was born and raised in Vermont and I have been a UVM basketball enthusiast since the early 2000's. I recently graduated from Bard College in upstate New York, and then moved to Austin, Texas. While I have no problems with burnt orange, I will never get over green and gold. This blog aims to celebrate The Beasts of America East: the Vermont Catamounts.