Believe it or not, I do more than just cover boys basketball for The Journal News. When I’m not at one of the many high school gyms across the lower Hudson Valley I’m keeping track of local athletes playing at the next level.
In addition to the twitter account I run (@LohudCollege), I also write a weekly notebook every Sunday about Rockland and Westchester/Putnam natives playing at the next level.
I decided to post this week’s college notebook as it included two former stars of Section 1 basketball: White Plains’ Sean Kilpatrick (pictured below right) and Mount Vernon’s Sherrod Wright (pictured above). The two redshirt juniors are putting up big numbers, especially from deep.
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As a basketball player, you can either live or die by the 3-point shot.
Two local players seem to be thriving on it.
George Mason’s Sherrod Wright of Mount Vernon and Cincinnati’s Sean Kilpatrick, a White Plains graduate, were honored by their respective conferences last week, thanks in large part to their work behind the arc.
Wright was named Colonial Athletic Conference player of the week after scoring a team-high 22 points in the Patriots’ 67-64 win over Richmond. The redshirt junior guard hit a 3 at the buzzer to move George Mason to 7-4.
This is the second time Wright has received the award during a season in which he is shooting a CAA-best 47.5 percent from deep. Wright, who has scored 20 or more points in three straight games, has the fifth-highest points average in the conference at 16.9.
Kilpatrick was named to the Big East honor roll for the third time this year after averaging 18.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in a pair of wins for Cincinnati.
Kilpatrick led the Bearcats with 25 points in their 60-45 win over rival Xavier in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Classic.
While the redshirt junior guard may not have Wright’s accuracy from behind the arc — he is shooting 35.1 percent — he makes up for it in sheer mass. Kilpatrick is third in the Big East in 3s per game with 2.5. His 18.8 points per game ranks him fourth in the conference.
The Bearcats are 12-1 and ranked eighth in the latest USA Today poll.
Dominant rookies: A pair of Iona basketball players has dominated the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference rookie of the week award recently.
Joy Adams, a forward on the women’s team, has won the award the past three weeks while A.J. English, a guard on the men’s team, has taken home the honor the past two.
Adams posted her third consecutive double-double, this one with 10 points and 12 rebounds, in the Gaels’ 73-47 win over Colgate. On the year, she is averaging 11.6 points and 10.2 rebounds.
English averaged 10.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists over a three-game stretch during which the Gaels went 2-1. English’s 17 points against Liberty matched a career high.
Photos courtesy of Matthew Brown/Peter Carr/Journal News.