Rockaway 2003-2004 College Basketball Update
The college basketball season is underway and Rockaway and Broad Channel players are in the spotlight. This week, we will be featuring on three players we spotlighted in certain issues in 2002 and earlier in 2003.
Thomas McCormack, the Breezy Point native returns for his senior year as point guard at Adelphi University. McCormack started in 29 games of 31 games last year. He scored 10.5 points a game while averaging 32 minutes a game. The 6’0 captain made his impact in al aspects on the team as he led the team in assists, steals and was second in the New York City Athletic Conference in assist/turnover ratio (1.97). The Panthers achieved a 22-9 record overall and wont he NYCAC conference
McCormack has achieved many honors on the court and off the court. Named the NYCAC Male Academic Athlete of the Year, he was also named to the NYCAC All-Academic Team. The NYCAC also announced that he was placed on the preseason basketball all-conference second team. In high school, McCormack was MVP of the CHSAA Tournament when he attended Xavier High School
McCormack’s teammate is Rockaway’s Taylor Murphy, who is in his first year at Adelphi. Murphy has had success at the college level with Monroe Junior College, where he was part of a talented Mustangs squad that captured the attention of the city. That squad finished with a regular season record of 28-2 and went to the
Murphy is a 6’6 forward, whose 230-pound body can lead him to dominate inside the basket. Murphy gained more playing time at the end of the Mustangs season and in one game, scored 17 points and grabbed 20 rebounds. The Rockaway native was a star at Adams High School, where he led the city in rebounding and once scored 51 points in a game. Murphy has started in two games and keyed an Adelphi 67-66 win against Molloy College with an important rebound and lay-up basket in the fourth quarter.
Thomas Carpenter is a senior guard at Plattsburgh State University in upstate New York, A former Belle Harbor resident, he played in 23 games and averaged eight points per game and was third on the team with 50 assists.
The 6’3 guard scored career high 28 points in a Plattsburgh State Cardinals win over Johnson State on January 8th. He shot 10 of 15 from the field and 8 of 11 from 3-point range. The team is looking to rebound from a 6-19 season in the 2002-2003 season. In the 2003-2004 season, Plattsburgh is off to a 3-1 start.