Get Out the Three Goggles: The NEC’s Best Returning Three-Point Bombers

Four of NEC's best returning three-point shooters. (Photo Credits L to R: Bryant's Dyami Starks - bryantbulldogs.com/Sacred Heart's Steve Glowiak - CT Post/RMU's Lucky Jones - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/LIU Brooklyn's Gerrell Martin - Bob Dea/BHJ)

Four of NEC’s best returning three-point shooters. (Photo Credits L to R: Bryant’s Dyami Starks – bryantbulldogs.com/Sacred Heart’s Steve Glowiak – CT Post/RMU’s Lucky Jones – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/LIU Brooklyn’s Gerrell Martin – Bob Dea/BHJ)

In part two of our 2014-15 NEC men’s basketball previews, we focus on the NEC returning three-point snipers. These are the guys who will be called upon to take and make a boat load of threes this upcoming college basketball season.

Last season, the NEC had fifteen players who made 50 or more three-pointers and 22 players who hit on 35% of their three-point attempts. But a good number of the NEC’s top ten three-point specialists are not returning this season leaving plenty of openings for some new names to emerge as the NEC’s top three-point shooters.

Let’s take a look at who will be the ones to watch out for behind the three-point line in 2014-15:

We begin with arguably the top returning shooter in the NEC in Bryant’s Dyami Starks. Starks is the NEC’s top returnee in three-point baskets made last season. He hit on 88 of 239 three-point attempts a season ago and is a career 38.8% three-point shooter. He began last season by scoring 35, 35 and 30 points in his first three games and scored 30 or more points five times. This season, he goes in as Bryant’s number one scoring threat with the departure of Alex Francis so opposing defenses will be keying in more on Starks to slow down his scoring output. It will be interesting to see if he will be able to keep up his scoring numbers and shooting percentages as the main scoring option on offense for the Bulldogs.

Another returning three-point shooter in the NEC is Sacred Heart’s Steve Glowiak. Glowiak finished fourth in the conference in three-pointers made last season with 84 triples. He shot the ball at a very respectable 38.4% clip from three last season. He is a career 35% three-point shooter. He also went for 20 or more points three times. Glowiak likes to live behind the three-point arc as 219 of his 281 shot attempts came from three. Will look upon this season to improve on his 11.1 ppg from last year as Sacred Heart as a team looks to rebound from a rough season.

LIU Brooklyn’s Gerrell Martin finally got his change to play major minutes last season and his shooting did not disappoint. Martin finished third in the NEC in three-point shooting percentage at 44%. He made 59 of 139 three-point attempts a season ago and also shot 44% from the field overall. Martin returns this season as LIU’s top returning scorer after averaging 12.2 ppg in his junior year. Martin will be looked upon to lead a rather young LIU Brooklyn team into the 2014-15 season. He finished the season out strong with back-to-back career-high performances with 26 points at Sacred Heart and 31 points against Central Connecticut State.

One forward who can make the open triple and will make a ton of them this upcoming season is Robert Morris’ Lucky Jones. Jones took 195 threes last season and made 70 of them. Even though he made just 36% of his three last season, he is capable of hitting for a higher percentage as his 42.3% three-point shooting two seasons ago will attest. Jones will be asked to shoulder more of the scoring load this season in his senior year with the departure of last season’s NEC Player of the Year Karvel Anderson. In the Pittsburgh Pro-Am Summer League this summer, Jones was going off. He averaged 26.2 ppg and shot 42.6% from three. If he even comes close to those numbers during the season in 2014-15, he could be seeing himself named NEC Player of the Year by the end.

You may or may not be surprised to find Fairleigh Dickinson’s Mustafaa Jones on this list but don’t be. Jones started in 30 of 31 games for the Knights last season and averaged nearly 10 ppg. He shot the ball tremendously well, hitting nearly 40% of his threes and nearly 92% of his free throws. He cashed in 74 three-pointers in 187 attempts in 2013-14 in helping the Knights get a surprising NEC playoff berth. Jones returns this season as the Knights most experienced player and top returning scorer.

You can’t have a list like this without bringing up the name of CCSU’s Kyle Vinales. Vinales is on the verge to being one of the top scorers in the NEC history. He has amassed 1514 points in his first three seasons. Although he missed a good amount of time with an injury last season, he made 56 three-pointers and canned 40% of his three-point attempts which was a career-high. He scored in single figures in just four of the twenty games he played a year ago and also only started half of those games. Look for Vinales to have a monster season this year in his final go-around in the NEC.

Let’s just say, SFU’s Ben Millaud-Meunier likes to shoot the long ball. The French-Canadian took 161 of his 218 shot attempts from behind the three-point line last season. He dropped in 56 triples, hitting them at nearly a 35% clip pretty much exclusively coming off the bench. If he improves that three-point shooting percentage to close to 40% this season (he shot 47.6% from three two seasons ago), he will be a tough weapon in that SFU offense and should be a big contributor in what could be a big year for SFU men’s basketball.

Some of the other NEC players to keep an eye on from deep are FDU’s Matt McDonald (53 3FGs made, 33.5% 3FG%), SFU’s Dominique Major (55 3FGs made, 37.2% 3FG%) and Malik Harmon (45 3FGs made, 34.9% 3FG%), MSM’s Will Miller (55 3FGs made, 39.3% 3FG%) and Byron Ashe (48 3FGs made, 36.1 3FG%), Sacred Heart’s Phil Gaetano (43 3FGs made, 33.9% 3FG%), RMU’s Charles Oliver (35 3FGs made, 33% 3FG%), Bryant’s Joe O’Shea (35 3FGs made, 35% 3FG%), and Wagner’s Marcus Burton (47 3FGs made, 37.3% 3FG%).

Here is BHJ’s Top 5 NEC Three-Point Shooters for 2014-15 (image courtesy of Basketball State {bbstate.com}):

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Comments

  1. Sam Broome says:

    Hey, I’m new to your site but found it nice to know there’s a blog for NEC Hoops. But one question I have and that is will you be talking about the in coming freshmen and the possible impact they will have for the team which they play for.

    • Thanks for checking out the site. I will having a post in the coming weeks about this season’s incoming freshmen as part as our NEC preview series. Stay tuned for it.

  2. Bruce Brickman says:

    Thanks Nelly All great players though a gotta give props to Gerrel Martin great player and classy young man. Good luck on the upcoming season

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