Five Standouts Make Up Men's Basketball Preseason Squad
HARTFORD, Conn. -- The three returning first-team all-conference selections from last season highlight the 2010-11 America East Preseason All-Conference Team as determined in a vote by the league’s head coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own players. The conference unveiled the five-man squad at the America East Basketball Tip-Off Luncheon held at the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford, host city for the 2011 America East Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship Presented by Newman’s Own on March 3-6.
Binghamton University’s Greer Wright (Lake Worth, Fla./Boca Raton Prep/CC San Francisco), Boston University’s John Holland (Bronx, N.Y./St. Benedict’s Prep (N.J.)) and University of Maine’s Gerald McLemore (San Diego, Calif./Scripps Ranch), all first-team All-America East choices a year ago, were chosen to duplicate that feat in 2010-11 with Wright and Holland being unanimous selections. The Terriers’ Jake O’Brien (Weymouth, Mass./Boston College High) and University of Vermont’s Evan Fjeld (Durham, N.C./Durham Academy) rounded out the team.
Wright made quite an impression during his first season at Binghamton. The 6-foot-7 forward was one of just six players to rank among the top-15 league leaders in both scoring (5th-15.0 ppg) and rebounding (11th-6.0 rpg) last year. A three-time America East Player of the Week choice last season, Wright was also seventh in the league with 3.16 assists per game. A senior transfer from CC San Fransisco, Wright was even better against league foes averaging 16.8 points and 6.8 boards in those 16 games. He led his team to an 8-8 league record despite being just one of eight scholarship players on the Bearcats’ roster.
Holland enters his final season at Boston University already a three-time all-league honoree and is poised to become just the second 2,000-point scorer in the Terriers’ storied history. A first-team all-conference selection as a sophomore and junior, as well as a third-team recipient as a freshman, Holland became the first Terrier to ever lead the league in scoring with 19.2 points per game last season and ranked 10th with 6.1 rebounds per contest. He was also third among non-post players in field goal percentage (.459). The 6-foot-5 guard/forward is one of just 40 players in league history to surpass the 1,500 point barrier and ranks 32nd all-time with 1,558 career points.
McLemore was a key reason that Maine won 19 games last year and finished third in the league standings for the first time since 2000. The first-team all-conference guard averaged 14.6 points per game as a sophomore, which ranked seventh among league leaders. McLemore, who earned all-rookie honors two seasons ago, was also fourth in three-point field goal percentage (.398) and became just the third player in league history to sink over 100 treys in a season (102). He will likely have to duplicate his effort from last season for Maine to capture its first conference crown.
O’Brien earned third-team All-America East accolades last year after averaging 13.8 points, 6.8 boards and 1.20 blocks per contest. Those totals were good for 11th, seventh and tied for fourth in the league, respectively. The 6-foot-8 forward averaged 18.3 ppg and 4.7 rpg in leading Boston U. to the America East Championship game for the first time since 2003 and earned All-Championship recognition for his efforts. The league’s Rookie of the Year in 2009, O’Brien hopes to help bring home their first championship since 2002 this year.
Fjeld, the lone returning starter from last year’s America East champion Vermont squad, averaged 11.7 points and 7.1 rebounds during the Catamounts’ title run en route to earning All-Championship honors. The 6-foot-8 forward contributed 10.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game in the regular season, which was good for eighth in the conference. Fjeld, who was named to the all-conference third team, was also tied for fourth after averaging 1.20 blocks per contest. He’ll be asked to shoulder the load in 2010-11 after the losses of four of the team’s top six scorers, including two-time America East Player of the Year, Marqus Blakely.
2010-11 Preseason All-Conference Team
*Greer Wright, Sr., F, Binghamton
*John Holland, Sr., G/F, Boston University
Jake O’Brien, Jr., F, Boston University
Gerald McLemore, Jr., G, Maine
Evan Fjeld, Sr., F, Vermont