1 Antoine Morgano NJP 35.7 2 Fahreed Cheatham PJD 34.3 3 Nate Young MP 33.1 4 Doug Herring Jr. HVK 31.7 5 Terry Hosley BAS 30.6 6 Angelo Hernandez NH 28.8 7 Kurt Cuffy 524 26.2 8 Corriche Gaskin HVK 25.0 9 Marcus Ashton WIN 24.7 10 Anis Taylor PJD
Rebounds Per Game
1 Kurt Cuffy 524 16.9 2 Danny Thompson BAS 15.6 3 Anthony Cox HVK 14.6 4 Tyrone Hill PJD 12.6 5 Fahreed Cheatham PJD 12.6 6 Antoine Morgano NJP 12.1 7 Doug Herring Jr. HVK 12.1 8 Nate Young MP 11.0 9 Korey Riley JAG 9.9 10 Brian Leggett NH
Assists Per Game
1 Andrew Gould MP 9.4 2 Doug Herring Jr. HVK 8.8 3 Dele Ojo RV 7.9 4 Roman Perez JAG 7.6 5 Brian Smith BB 6.5 6 John Hawthorne 524 5.8 7 Jeremiah King NJP 5.8 8 Cedric Stewart MAS 5.6 9 Karim Telfair TSE 5.6 10 Mike Mckenzie BAS
Steals Per Game
1 Doug Herring Jr. HVK 2.9 2 Brian Smith BB 2.9 3 Antoine Morgano NJP 2.6 4 Aaron Collins 524 2.9 5 Cedric Stewart MAS 2.7 6 Dele Ojo RV 2.4 7 Rogers Barnes BB 2.8 8 Anthony Williams RV 1.9 9 Jeremiah King NJP 1.9 10 Curtis McCollum BKF
Blocks Per Game
1 Kevin Briggs HVK 4.9 2 Danny Thompson BAS 3.9 3 Kurt Cuff 524 3.1 4 Mike Anderson BB 3.4 5 Brian Leggett NH 2.2 6 Anthony Cox HVK 3.4 7 Onyie Onunaku WIN 1.6 8 Naji Turner BKF 1.6 9 Antoine Morgano NJP 1.3 10 Andre Hardy CAP
2.What do you think about the new organizations to the ACPBL and the league as a whole? The ACPBL has made great strides going into its second season. Commissioner James Schutz has added several new quality organizations/teams, divided the teams into geographic conferences, have upgraded the talent level significantly, and has marketed the league accordingly. The South conference that we play in includes 3 of the most proven talented and successful teams (Tru Hope Trailblazers, Delaware Destroyers and Beltway Bombers) in the country. I'm very much looking forward to the competition of this season, and hold high expectations as to the successful future of the ACPBL.
3.Coach your a competitor. What's it gonna take to get that chip that has alluded you in the EBA and the ACPBL. I know your chomping at the Bit? Aggressive patience. I know those words counter each other, however, it has worked for me over these years. The formula and agenda has always been the same Justin. If you have very talented players with character; who are accountable, professional, unselfish, tough, have high basketball IQ's and swagger, play with passion, and who's only agenda is winning...you will win a lot of games and chips. I've been very blessed over 18 years of coaching at the pro level to have had, and currently have, those types of players. That formula and mindset has won us over 640 games and 44 chips over 18 years; beginning in my hometown of NYC, and most recently when I relocated to Maryland a few years ago. It's amazing how much a team can accomplish when it doesn't matter who gets the credit. The league has a lot of talent, great coaches and solid organizations. It's always very competitive. We always have one goal as a team...the chip. Winning every tournament we're in, along with the ACPBL championship, is our focus this, and every year.
4.With such a star studded cast of experienced players how do u keep them on the same page and with last seasons ACPBL MVP and the leading scorer from a year ago both on your roster? They all have the same mindset of unselfishness, along with the sole goal of winning. As I alluded to prior, I am very mindful as to the type of players who I have on my team. Talent is just one component. All those other intangibles have to be included in a player for him to be one of my guys on the Bombers. I have a certain coaching style that challenges my players, and focuses on collective attacking and execution. 'Baby Shaq' and 'Fish' are two of the best players in the country. Most people see them as very explosive scorers. What I see are two very talented and unselfish complete players that only want to win. The best example of this is we had the MVP of the league along with the ACPBL's leading scorer last year. We also had 7 other players voted in as all-stars by opposing coaches. That is the big compliment to a team and organization that 9 of our 11 players were voted to the all-star game. We averaged 160 points a game last season. That requires a lot of big contributions from every player. Our eyes are clearly on the prize, and not on any individual accolades.
The Manhattan Pride are entering their sixth professional basketball season with probably their most talented roster to date. The Pride have a group of talented season veterans and have nine players returning this season from last year's squad that helped the Pride have their best season in franchise history. The Pride are looking to improve on last season and make a deep run in the APBL playoffs. The team is currently 4-1 in the first round but have been unable to make a deep run into th... [read more]
The Manhattan Pride are entering their sixth professional basketball season with probably their most talented roster to date. The Pride have a group of talented season veterans and have nine players returning this season from last year's squad that helped the Pride have their best season in franchise history. The Pride are looking to improve on last season and make a deep run in the APBL playoffs. The team is currently 4-1 in the first round but have been unable to make a deep run into the later rounds of the playoffs.
The Pride opened the 2016-17 season on Saturday, November 12th by defeating the New York Crusaders 119-118 in thrilling fashion as Ahmed Nagaya (6'4''-F, college: Buffalo St.) nailed a half court buzzer beating shot! Nagaya led the team with 31 points, Mike John (6'3''-G) added 25 points, and Jeffrey Noel (6'5''-F) finished with 22 points to round out the double figure scorers for the Pride. Rhydeem Samedi and Charles Jones (6'9''-F) each added eight points, while Seon Jack (6'1''-G) finished with seven points and eight assists. Matas Rascuis, Frank Canales, and Tyrique Wade rounded out the scoring with six points a piece.
Nagaya is a dynamic and athletic 6'6' forward who averaged 22.8 points per game and was the team's leading scorer last season. Also returning from last season are guards Mike John, William Modeste (6'1''-G-81, college: Polytechnic), Seon Jack and Frank Canales. At the forward position the team returns Nate Young (6'7''-G/F-86), Matas Rascius, Idris Abjabe, and Rhydeem Samedi. Nate Young is on the roster and is expected to rejoin the team in January 2017.
John was third on the team in scoring, averaging 21.5 points per game and first on the team in assists with 6.0 assists per game and was named as last season's APBL Rookie of the Year. The other veterans joining John in the backcourt are Frank Canales, a gritty team-first, two-way veteran that can score, Tyrique Wade, a streaky shooter and Seon Jack, who is also a streaky shooter and one of the league's best perimeter defenders. William Modeste, the team's founder and CEO, also returns to the team both on and off the court. Modeste is the franchise's all-time leader in three-pointers made and won APBL Executive of the Year honors last season.
In the frontcourt, joining Nagaya will be Charles Jones, Jeffrey Noel, Matas Rascuis, Mark Candelario (6'8''-C), Khadim Ndiaye, Nate Young, Brandon Burnett (6'8''-PF-86), Rhydeem Samedi, and Idris Agbaje (6'5''-F). Rascius is a post player with the ability to score from 15-18 feet and in the post using his clever post moves. Agbaje is another post player with the ability to score in the post and from the perimeter out to 15 feet. Candelario is a mobile big that can score inside and guard the interior extremely well. Burnett is a good interior player as well that can block shots and rebound well. Ndiaye is a former St. John's player that is an effective midrange scorer at the forward position.
With the Pride getting younger and more athletic, key players for them will be Samedi, who can score inside and outside while defending multiple positions. Newcomer Jeffrey Noel is expected to make a huge impact for the Pride especially offensively with his wide array of scoring talents. Center Charles Jones is an active big with good hands that can score inside, is a good passer, and moves very well defensively.
The APBL 2016-2017 campaign is set to kick off on Saturday November 12, 2016. Ten teams will compete in a slimmed-down league with less travel for teams. The league will open with Maryland's favorite son, the Beltway Bombers, hosting one of the newest additions to the league in the Atlantic Coast Crusaders. A triple header will be played throughout New York on opening night. Manhattan Pride host the Hudson Valley Kingz while the veteran New York City 524 will host New York Fearless. Wra... [read more]
The APBL 2016-2017 campaign is set to kick off on Saturday November 12, 2016. Ten teams will compete in a slimmed-down league with less travel for teams.
The league will open with Maryland's favorite son, the Beltway Bombers, hosting one of the newest additions to the league in the Atlantic Coast Crusaders.
A triple header will be played throughout New York on opening night. Manhattan Pride host the Hudson Valley Kingz while the veteran New York City 524 will host New York Fearless. Wrapping the day long action will see the league owned and operated free agent team, APBL United, host another new team from Brooklyn - New York Crusaders. The New York Crusaders are led by Jean Martinez.
Seven teams return for the 2016-17 season, including two-time defending champion New Jersey Thunder. Beltway, Hudson Valley, Manhattan, Fearless, 524 and New York Black Eagles round out the lineup.
Keep up with the league news, schedule, scores and more by following @theAPBL on Twitter.
After another successful regular season, the APBL has kicked off another season of summer league action. The Pride improved to 2-0 in the summer season with a victory over the New York Crusaders this past weekend. Nate Young (6'7''-G/F-86) led all scorers with a Manhattan Pride scoring record of 50 points in the victory. Wayne Surin (6'4''-F/G-89, college: Columbia, MO) also added 20 points and William Modeste (6'1''-G-81, college: Polytechnic) scored 17 points and made four three point... [read more]
After another successful regular season, the APBL has kicked off another season of summer league action.
In other Manhattan Pride news, after their 2015-16 APBL season, Pride CEO and founder Will Modeste received the prestigious Executive of the Year award. The Pride finished with the fourth best record in the APBL Eastern Conference and the best winning season in Manhattan Pride history.
In April the Pride also traveled to Mexico and hosted their first international overseas tour. The Pride spent a number of days in Mexico and received valuable experience playing against other Mexican pro teams there. The Pride also have other events and exhibition games planned before entering their sixth season as a professional franchise in the APBL.
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