One to Watch
by Jon Wagner
Feb 20, 2009 | 2624 views | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Although it’s been a while since any of the local Division I men’s college basketball teams have made noise on a national level, there’s some great Division II basketball being played by a team in nearby Brookville, NY. In fact, so far this season, in terms of the one result that truly matters, there’s some perfect basketball being played there.

At 20-0, the C.W. Post men’s basketball team had been blazing a trail through the East Coast Conference, in which the Pioneers had a 14-0 record through Sunday, February 15th.

C.W. Post has been getting it done with experienced local area players. Of the thirteen players on its roster, six are seniors, nine are from New York (including one from Manhattan, two from Queens, four from Long Island), and one is from northern New Jersey.

The Pioneers’ top four scorers are all senior guards, all in double figures in scoring, three of them from Long Island. Senior 6-foot-2 guard Nicholas Carter (Huntington Station, NY) leads C.W. Post with 18.5 points per game. After him, are three senior 6-foot guards, Jonathan Schmidt (Centereach, NY) with 18.1 points, Maryland’s Kenny Burke with 14.5 points, and West Babylon’s Kevin Spann with 12.7 points per game.

C.W. Post’s offense has been extremely efficient with moving the ball and getting good looks at the basket, resulting in 51.5 percent shooting from the field and 22.1 assists per game. The Pioneers also hustle, outrebounding opponents 39.8 to 31.4 this season, and holding them to just 40 percent shooting from the floor. Those accomplishments have added up to C.W. Post outscoring its competition by an astounding 26 points per game, averaging 89.3 points and allowing 63.3 points per game.

The Pioneers’ 107-71 dismantling of Bridgeport at home on Saturday, February 14th, clinched the ECC regular season title with four ECC regular season games still to play. The ECC tournament, to be played March 4th, 7th, and 8th, will follow.

While there’s still a lot of basketball left, C.W. Post, ranked second in the nation, appears to be on a collision course for an eventual national title game with the only other undefeated Division II team, top-ranked Findlay (Ohio), which is 22-0.

Until then, as the Pioneers continue their quest for a perfect season, they will certainly remain Ones To Watch.

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