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TOP25 Standings
 1 Fairmont S 19-1 (-) 
 2 Indiana, P 18-2 (-) 
 3 NW Missour 18-0 (-) 
 4 Bellarmine 16-1 (-) 
 5 Kutztown 18-2 (-) 
 6 Hawaii-Pac 18-2 (-) 
 7 Cal.Baptis 17-3 (-) 
 8 Lincoln Me 17-2 (-) 
 9 Queens, NC 15-0 (-) 
 10 W.Liberty 19-2 (-) 
 11 S.Indiana 14-3 (-) 
 12 Shippensbu 19-3 (-) 
 13 Colorado M 19-3 (-) 
 14 W.Washingt 15-3 (-) 
 15 Valdosta S 18-3 (-) 
 16 Ferris St. 18-3 (-) 
 17 Findlay, O 15-4 (-) 
 18 San Franci 16-4 (-) 
 19 Fort Lewis 18-4 (-) 
 20 Pfeiffer 15-4 (-) 
 21 Texas-PB 1-0 (-) 
 22 Tarleton S 11-3 (-) 
Full Standings
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Phil TAYLOR
  Shorter
  (178-PG-91)
  Avg: 33.3
 1. Taylor, Shorter33.3 
 2. Vorhees, Notre D.26.9 
 3. Wiggs, Alaska-A.25.4 
 4. Carter, Walsh24.7 
 5. Hinton, Lock Haven24.6 
 6. Stafford, W.Washin.24.3 
 7. Smith, Cal.Baptist24.0 
 8. Davis, St.Cloud St.23.9 
 9. Fletcher, Walsh23.6 
 10. Mason, Edinboro23.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jon FEILER
  NYIT
  (203-F-)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Feiler, NYIT14.4 
 2. Bonds, St.Micha.12.6 
 3. Ash, Lane12.4 
 4. Ross, Shorter12.4 
 5. Bellevue, Davis &.11.7 
 6. Allen III, Texa.11.6 
 7. January, St.Augus.11.3 
 8. Skeens, Washburn11.3 
 9. Jenkins, Tarleton.11.2 
 10. Coleman, Charl.11.1 
Assists Per Game
 Juvaris HAYES
  Merrimack
  (183-PG-98)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Hayes, Merrimack9.7 
 2. Ridgeway, Kutztown8.6 
 3. McGuinness, Adelphi8.5 
 4. Williams, L.Superior8.2 
 5. Jordan, Kentucky.7.6 
 6. Barnes, Embry R.7.5 
 7. Fridriksson, Barry7.4 
 8. Spencer, Augustan.7.2 
 9. Berger, Gannon6.8 
 10. Green, NW Oklah.6.7 
Steals Per Game
 Akaemji WILLIAMS
  L.Superior
  (173-PG-)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Williams, L.Superior3.3 
 2. Omlid, W.Oregon3.1 
 3. Hayes, Merrimack3.0 
 4. Nickerson, District.2.9 
 5. McCullum, Wisc.-Pa.2.7 
 6. Jordan, Kentucky.2.7 
 7. Brown, Central .2.6 
 8. Galvis, Rollins2.6 
 9. Chambers, Concordi.2.5 
 10. Jenkins, Molloy2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Spencer CASSON
  Seton Hill
  (203-C-)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Casson, Seton Hill4.3 
 2. Hankins, Ferris St.4.1 
 3. Spellman, Florida .3.9 
 4. Skeens, Washburn3.3 
 5. Kahler, Colorado.3.3 
 6. Alexander, W.Ala.3.1 
 7. Devine, Alaska-A.3.1 
 8. Niles, Cent.Was.2.9 
 9. Benjamin, Bridg.2.9 
 10. Moon, Oklah.Christian2.8 

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Top D2 Guard Pierre Hayden - Feb 22, 2017


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Senior point guard Pierre Hayden came in from Hampton and looks to make an immediate impact as a vocal leader, distributor and scoring threat in the backcourt 'Pierre is one of our transfers, and he has the largest learning curve because he's a point guard,' Potter said. 'I probably talk to him more than I talk to any other individual player. He and I have a special relationship, because I let him know when he makes a great decision but I also have to tell him when he does something wrong. There's not a lot of time to learn everything.'
Hayden said he originally planned to transfer to Pittsburg State, but changed his mind after a campus visit to Newman in May when he met Potter and assistant coach R.J. Allen.
'When they were recruiting me, the biggest thing they said they needed was leadership,' Hayden said. 'I try to lead by example and I want to be the main leader on this team, vocally and physically.'
The point-guard position often demands a certain level of leadership, and Hayden said he's been working to craft his game away from a shoot-first mentality to fit the more traditional definition of a floor general. Newman's typically fast-paced style works best with a guard who distributes the ball, and Hayden wants to refine that skill this year.
'I've been working on being more of a true point guard,' he said. 'I really want to average a double-double. I want as many assists as points, and to do that I have to get my teammates involved. That's what I've been working on. The main thing is being a leader.'
Helping Hayden from a leadership standpoint will be a pair of returners with more experience at Newman than any other players. Senior guards Taylor Schieber and Daniel Nwosu Jr. started seven games each last year, both seeing more minutes in the second half of the season.
Where Hayden hopes to lead, Nwosu, the top returning scorer with 10.1 points, wants to motivate with volume.
'I'm a different type of leader,' Nwosu said. ' (Hayden) is more of the vocal-type guy. I'm always the loudest person, but I'm not the type of person to get on guys. I'm more of an energy, motivator guy. What I'm really trying to do this year is to be the loudest person on the court every game. My goal is to bring the most energy to the team every game.'
High-energy is a good description of a Newman program that averaged more than 83 points last season. But the pace required to maintain such a mark demands coordination and a fluidity that may not yet be there at the beginning of the season.
'One of the things we like to do is get the basketball up and down the floor,' Potter said. 'So for the possibility to score we're trying to perfect each offense we have. We hope we have guys ready to take over, but any time you have a situation like we do you're going to have a learning curve, and I think we're behind offensively right now.' Hayden looks to Prepare for Portsmouth invitational As her sits out the remainder of the 2nd half of the season due to the NCAA transfer rule.

  




Joe Mazzulla
Joe Mazzulla Named Head Men's Basketball Coach at Fairmont State - 1 day ago
In my Daily Dirt earlier today, I mentioned that Joe Mazzulla was the leader for DII Fairmont State. It's now been made official. Fairmont State University Director of Athletics Tim McNeely announced today that Joe Mazzulla has been named the program's 12th head men's basketball coach. Mazzulla will be introduced to the Fairmont community at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 29 during a press conference inside Joe Retton Arena. Following some opening comments from Coach Mazzulla, media members...   [read more]

Justin Pitts
NABC NCAA D2 All-America Teams 2016-17 - 3 days ago
Player of the Year: Justin Pitts (5'9''-PG) of Northwest Missouri State NABC NCAA D2 All-America Team Matt Bingaya (6'4''-G-94) of Fairmont State Joshua Blaylock (6'2''-G) of Fort Lewis Luquon Choice (6'3''-G-93) of Lincoln Memorial Devin Gilligan (6'5''-F) of Southern New Hampshire Zach Hankins (6'10''-C) of Ferris State Jeremiah Hill (6'2''-G-95) of Valdosta State Aaron Lien (6'4''-G-95) of MSU Moorhead Justin Pitts of Northwest Missouri State Justin Reyes (6'4''-G/F) of St. Thomas Aqu...   [read more]

Justin Pitts
Northwest Missouri wins Division II title - 4 days ago
Northwest Missouri State has pulled off the double. The Bearcats defeated Fairmont State 71-61 victory for the NCAA Division II men's basketball championship on Saturday in Sioux Falls, S.D. Northwest became the first Division II program to win football and men's basketball titles in the same school year. The Bearcats finished the season 35-1. Northwest Missouri State scored the game's first seven points and never trailed. The Bearcats extended an 11-point halftime lead to 14 on a Justin...   [read more]


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