In the first in what in I hope will be a series of NEC preview posts, I wanted to begin by looking at who in the Northeast Conference will be the top three-point threats heading into the 2013-14 season. These are players who aren’t afraid to let it fly from deep and will be looked upon to knock down plenty of triples this season. Let see who will be the guys fans will either cheer or cringe if they see them get an open look from behind the arc.
Jason Brickman – LIU Brooklyn – Career: 41.8%, 2012-13: 46.8%
Brickman had the best three-point shooting percentage in the NEC last season. He cashed in 55 of his 119 three-point attempts. His 119 attempts ranked him tied for 19th among all NEC players in three-point attempts which averaged to just 3.5 attempts per game. He wasn’t taking a ton of threes but when he was, he would make teams pay. It might not be easy for Brickman to replicate those numbers again but it would be fair to expect to watch him shoot in the low 40s from deep this upcoming season.
Dyami Starks – Bryant – Career: 40.4%, 2012-13: 40.8%
Starks arrived in the NEC last season after transferring from Columbia and he made the three-point shots rain. Starks fired up the most three-pointers among all NEC players last season jacking up 233 attempts. He also had the most three-pointers made with 95. There were just five games last season in which he had less than 6 three-point attempts. Starks will undoubtedly be once again amongst the leaders in the NEC in all three-point shooting categories.
Karvel Anderson – Robert Morris – 2012-13: 43.9%
Not even an injured wrist could slow down the three-point shooting of Karvel Anderson last season. The JuCo transfer in his first season in the NEC proved to be a force from behind the three-point line. The sharpshooter nailed nearly 44% of his triples. He attempted an NEC 6th-most 187 threes and made 82 of them. In one game last season versus Ohio, Anderson put his deadly three-point shooting on full display going a perfect 8 for 8 from deep on his way to scoring a season-high 28 points. If you leave Anderson alone from deep, just count the three and inbound the ball, he is near automatic.
Kyle Vinales – Central Connecticut – Career: 37.5%, 2012-13: 36.5%
We nearly had to take Kyle Vinales off this list after he announced he would transfer only to end up returning for his junior season at CCSU and bringing a sigh of relief to their fans. Vinales is no stranger to take shots in general. Vinales took the most shots of any NEC player last season and he was third in three-pointers attempted with 219. Vinales took as many as 13 threes in a game last season and he did it three times and that is not even his career high in attempts. In his career-high 42 point performance at Wagner last season, Vinales knocked down 8 of his 13 threes. Vinales has no fear of launching shots from deep and it would be an upset if he doesn’t get up near 200 threes again this season.
Rashad Whack – Mount St. Mary’s – Career: 34.5%, 2012-13: 35.9%
On a team last season which easily shot the most three-pointers (811) of any team in the NEC, Rashad Whack was the Mount’s leader in three-pointers made (83) and attempted (231). Here is a crazy stat. In his previous two seasons while at George Mason, Whack shot a total of only 24 threes. Whack was loving the new Mount Mayhem attack as he was given the freedom to left it fly. He had 10 games of double-digit three-point attempts including a game where he shot 15 threes. Don’t expect things to slow down any at the Mount with head coach Jamion Christian at the helm. Whack will be back to launching plenty of long balls in Year 2 of Mount Mayhem.
Ben Mockford – St. Francis Brooklyn – Career: 36.5%, 2012-13: 39.8%
You can pretty much call SFC’s Ben Mockford a three-point specialist. Last season, he took 272 shots and 206 of those were threes. Mockford is known for shooting almost a fallaway three-pointer at times. He buried 6 of 9 in a late season game at Mount St. Mary’s and was 5 of 6 in another game, also against the Mount. Mockford game is living and dying by the three. If he gets on a roll, he can be hard to stop but he also tends to stay cold when misses a few to start. If he is set, he can be dangerous but he tends to take a lot of off-balance shots. If the man from England starts squaring up more this season, he should see his three-point shooting percentage climb.
Sam Prescott – Mount St. Mary’s – Career: 34.9%, 2012-13: 35.9%
No one in the NEC had a bigger three-point performance than Sam Prescott last season. In a game versus Bryant, Prescott went off for a career-high 44 points which included going 10 of 14 from deep. Oddly, that game was just one of two games all season he hit double-digits in three attempts. The Mount’s season really took off once he was inserted into the starting lineup. Their only loss in that span came in the NEC final to LIU. Prescott is likely to start all season long this year so we could see even more three-pointers put up by the Mount Mayhem crew this season. His 170 three attempts which ranked third among Mount players last season. Third!
Lucky Jones – Robert Morris – Career: 36.1%, 2012-13: 42.3%
Lucky Jones increases his three-point shooting percentage by 15% last season in his sophomore year from his freshman year. Jones doesn’t necessarily look to take a bunch of threes. Only shot 107 three-point attempts last season but he made a good number of them (44). Took as many as seven threes in a game last season and has a 6 of 7 three-point shooting game against Monmouth. With RMU losing Coron Williams, a big three-point threat to Wake Forest, Jones might see more opportunities to see more attempts from behind the arc this upcoming season. The question will be will he be a 42% three-point shooter like he was last season or shot 27% like he did the season prior?
Latif Rivers – Wagner – Career: 35.9%, 2012-13: 39.4%
Latif Rivers was hit with the injury bug last season which limited him to only 20 games played. Yet, upon his return to action, his three-point shooting was very solid. He hit 41 threes in 104 attempts last season. Rivers is a player who can go on a tear if he drops a couple of early threes. Wagner is a team loaded with talent this season so it will be interesting to see if Rivers will have the ball enough in hands to shot between 160 and 180 threes this season. If Wagner decided to play run and gun instead of grind-out defense, then don’t be surprised to see Rivers launching plenty of threes again.
Steve Glowiak – Sacred Heart – Career: 32.4%, 2012-13: 37.4%
There wasn’t any player in the NEC that probably took more advantage of his playing time due to injuries that SHU’s Steve Glowiak. He proved to be a tremendous three-point shooting asset next to all-time Sacred Heart great Shane Gibson. Glowiak was 61 from 163 from three last season. With Gibson’s graduation, Glowiak will be SHU’s leading deep threat going into the upcoming season. We shall see how he does this season as he now becomes a big target of coaches and players and see defenses key in on him more.
Here are other notable names to keep an eye on this season as they look to launch plenty of threes and make a mark from themselves from long-range within the NEC this upcoming season.
Julian Norfleet – Mount St. Mary’s
Gerrell Martin – LIU Brooklyn
Jay Harris – Wagner
Ben Millaud-Meunier – St. Francis (PA)
Dominique Major – St. Francis (PA)
Corey Maynard – Bryant
Gilbert Parga – LIU Brooklyn
Marcus Burton – Wagner
If there is an NEC player you think I may have missed and should be mentioned, please feel free to submit a comment.