Big Apple Buckets Weekly Awards: Feb. 17

As the season goes on New York City has apparently realized there’s something to play for. St. John’s, Iona, Manhattan, Wagner, Stony Brook, St. Francis Brooklyn, Quinnipiac and more are competing for a league title and competing hard. It makes these weekly awards even more difficult. An excellent problem to have.

Team of the Week: St. John’s — We should’ve given this to the Red Storm last week too, but we missed the date. So we’re giving it to them now. The victory over Georgetown was utterly complete and the Johnnies are right on the cusp of the NCAA tournament (though they’re still in our NIT Bracketology). The season probably contained a few more difficult moments than Steve Lavin would’ve liked, but as the New York Post’s Mike Vaccaro writes, this team is still right on schedule and Lavin looks pretty prophetic.

Honorable Mentions: Iona, Manhattan, Wagner

Player of the Week: Alex Rosenberg, Columbia — Unfortunately the only play that Rosenberg made this past week that most people are going to see if his charge in the double-overtime loss to Harvard. The 88-84 loss was a killer, but it was only because Rosenberg scored 34 points that the Lions even had a chance. He also grabbed seven rebounds. The junior forward follow that performance up by shooting just 2-6 from the field against Dartmouth, but he still scored 19 points thanks to 14-15 shooting from the free throw line.

Honorable Mentions: Kenneth Ortiz, Wagner; George Beamon, Manhattan; Ousmane Drame, Quinnipiac; T.J. Bray, Princeton; D’Angelo Harrison, St. John’s

Rookie of the Week: Rysheed Jordan, St. John’s — The precocious point guard has found his calling. Against Georgetown on Sunday night Jordan continuously attacked the paint and completed the best game of his young collegiate career. He scored 24 points on 8-11 shooting, including a perfect 5-5 on two-point attempts. Jordan also provided a steady hand during 33 minutes against Seton Hall on Thursday with 10 points. Unlike many freshmen who hit a wall during the season it appears that Jordan is getting stronger as the season continues. Lately he’s been asked to do even more with Jamal Branch out and has risen to the occasion. Jordan is a big reason why the Red Storm are rolling.

Honorable Mentions: Khallid Hart, Marist; Josh James, Monmouth; Jon Severe, Fordham; Ahmad Walker, Stony Brook; Glenn Feidanga, LIU Brooklyn

2 thoughts on “Big Apple Buckets Weekly Awards: Feb. 17

  1. I agree with the Rosenberg choice and I am grateful TJ Bray gets an HM here. His weekend was ridiculously good, leading the Tigers in just about every category, including 8 of the Tigers’ 9 in OT at Yale. Referees deciding too many close games in this League. The call against Rosenberg was atrocious. Last week, at Princeton, the Lions benefited from a phantom “held-ball” at Jadwin in the last 30 seconds when they trailed by 2. Lyles turned that possession into the game-winning 3, his only points of the game.

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    1. in response to toothless tiger 2/17/14 i do believe that officials are deciding way to many close
      games. it’s really very hard to win on the road in college basketball especially in money
      games. heads up to ncaa on allowing teams to again play defense in light of hand check
      rule which didn’t solve problems relating to scoring. i’ve watched official brian o’connel many
      times and i’m impressed with the way he allows the game to evolve and doesn’t call needless
      fouls creating an endless parade to the foul line..

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