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Friday, March 05, 2010

John Holland should be AE POY

There, I said it. I know I'm the only one who thinks so. But John Holland's importance to BU's program cannot be understated.

John's numbers speak for themselves. He leads the team in points, rebounds and minutes per game. He's the first Terrier to ever lead the America East in scoring with 19.8 points per game. His rebounding numbers are solid at 6.2 per game, good enough for 8th in the conference. He has an innate ability to get to the free throw line, where he is surprisingly amazing: 84.6%, best in the conference among players with significant minutes. He's the last BU player since Tunji Awojobi to score 500 points in consecutive seasons... and this year, he has a chance for 600. His field goal percentage is 47.1%, excellent for a guy who shoots from everywhere on the floor. His defense is better and better every year, and he averages 1.6 steals per game which is 4th in the conference.

Beyond the numbers, John possesses intangibles that make BU a winning team with a shot to go far in the postseason. He's the first to dive on the floor after a loose ball. He's as intense as they come during the game, but loose as a goose and a helluva nice guy off the court. After hearing former Coach Wolff talk about how John needed to step up his intensity in practices the last two years, all reports point to John responding to the call this year in practice.

I'm not here to compare John to Marqus Blakely, whom I know is a monster and has his usual monster season. All I know is that John Holland is deserving of the honor of America East Player of the Year.
For shits and giggles, here are the rest of my picks:

AE Player of the Year: John Holland, BU
AE Defensive Player of the Year: Marqus Blakely, Vermont (I'll throw him a bone here)

AE First Team All-Conference:
John Holland, BU
Marqus Blakely, Vermont
Joe Zeglinski, Hartford
Greer Wright, Binghamton
Tommy Brenton, Stony Brook

AE Second Team All-Conference:
Muhammad El-Amin, Stony Brook
Gerald McLemore, Maine
Maurice Joseph, Vermont
Corey Lowe, BU
Jake O'Brien, BU

AE Third Team All-Conference:
Bryan Dougher, Stony Brook
Alvin Abreu, New Hampshire
Carlos Strong, BU
Chris De La Rosa, UMBC
Evan Fjeld, Vermont

AE Coach of the Year: Ted Woodward, Maine
AE Rookie of the Year: Ferg Myrick, New Hampshire

AE All-Rookie Team:
Ferg Myrick, New Hampshire
Murphy Burnatowski, Maine
Dylan Talley, Binghamton
Marcus Rouse, Stony Brook
Mike Black, Albany

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At 12:28 PM, Blogger Matt Whitrock said...

If John Holland really averaged 29.8 points per game I would SO be on the bandwagon.

At 12:30 PM, Blogger Tall-boy said...

HA! If only...

At 6:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So we have four players on all conference and only finished 11-5 in conference. Dont you think that is tough to justify?


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