Breaking Down the Wahl’s in College Hoops: The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

Nate Wahl

We are now closing in on conference preview 16 of 32, The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. I will be looking at three players that you need your eyes on this College Basketball season and in the future NCAA Tournament, the NIT, the CIT, etc. Enjoy!

Cameron Young, Guard/Forward, Quinnpiac

  • Young started off his career at Quinnpiac off the bench. By year 2 he was the best player on the team and potentially the MAAC. With five 20 point games thus far this year, Young continues to be the spark for the over 500. Bobcats as they make their NCAA run.
  • The shooting percentage is down this year despite the strength of schedule was subpar, but expect that to improve dramatically once MAAC play opens up soon.
  • You have to love the improvement from the 3 point line from Young this year. His percentage is up almost 10% from last year, plus adding more 3 point attempts makes him a huge threat in the Bobcats offense from deep.

Brian Parker, Guard, Marist

  • The length at 6’9 that Parker brings at the guard position is a scary match-up for any guard that goes up against him. Has used that to his advantage as a Red Fox throughout his dominant career.
  • Almost 70% of his games this year have gone for 15+ points. That’s a consistent number to look at despite the Red Foxes lack of overall production thus far this year.
  • Currently is averaging about 27 minutes per game which is about 3-5 minutes less than his career average at Marist. I expect Parker’s point per game (15.5) to go up as MAAC play opens up. More to come from Parker.

E.J. Crawford, Guard/Forward, Iona

  • Crawford’s 3 point percentage is up about 8% from last year. He’s taking a few less shots from deep but being more conservative with his shots is a sign of veteran leadership which is important for the Gaels this year.
  • Getting 5 rebounds per game from one of your guards has to be a breathe of fresh air for coach Tim Cluess. You love to see your guard averaging 16 points and 5 boards per game.
  •  I would like to see more production on the passing side of the ball from Crawford. As a Guard, averaging under 2 assists a game I think this number can improve in MAAC play  as the Gaels try and improve on their 4-9 start to the season.

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