2004-11-26 / Sports

2004-2005 Rockaway College Basketball Preview

By Elio Velez

Derrick Gabriel- SUNY Genesee
Derrick Gabriel- SUNY Genesee Midnight Madness has taken place, the practices are in full gear and the first games are about to be played. College basketball once again returns to the national sports landscape and our area will feature prominently in many of the top NCAA programs.

With the regular season about to get underway, here are profiles of some of the players we will report on this season:

Clare Droesch- Boston College

The senior guard/forward had an exciting season in which her Eagles captured the Big East Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16.

Arthur Robertso-Teikyo Post 
Arthur Robertso-Teikyo Post After a slow start, Droesch improved towards the end of the year and averaged 10 points and 8 rebounds a game in post season. The Eagles were the last team to defeat the UConn Huskies, who eventually won the NCAA Tournament. That win helped the Eagles gain the Big East Tournament title.

Named a co-captain this season, Droesch will lead a team that has been picked as one of the preseason top 25 teams in the country. She will have a chance for a home cooked meal when she travels to St. John’s on March 1, 2005 in a 7 p.m. start.

Rahshon Clark- Iowa State

Wendell Gibson is in his senior year at Hofstra University.
Wendell Gibson is in his senior year at Hofstra University. After the 2002-03 season, the all-city forward left Beach Channel to improve his academic standing at Bridgton Academy in Maine. It turned out to be a successful move as Clark graduated and received a scholarship to play with the Iowa State Cyclones.

Clark will get the opportunity play in the Big 12, which is regarded by some basketball critics as the toughest conference in the country. Top rated Oklahoma State, Kansas and Texas are a few of the teams he will be facing this year.

Clare Droesch was named co-captain of the Boston College Eagles.
Clare Droesch was named co-captain of the Boston College Eagles. Janelle McManus- Fairfield

The former Bishop Kearney High school standout has been named to the preseason All-MAAC first team. McManus, a senior, averaged a team high 11.9 points per game and was named as one of the three captains on the Stags.

Wendell Gibson- Hofstra

A knee injury cut short an outstanding season in which the Far Rockaway native averaged 14 points per game and shot 60% from the field. Gibson missed the final 10 games of the season after injuring his right knee on January 28th against Drexel. The 6 foot 7 center, who is in his senior year, did not play in Hofstra’s 77-53 exhibition win against New York Tech on November 17.

Elijah Muldrow- Arkansas Little Rock University

Ranked as one of the top 25 junior college basketball players by Street and Smith Magazine, Muldrow will use his impressive shooting ability for the Trojans this season. At 6 foot 4 and 180 pounds, Muldrow has an impressive jumpshot and averaged 50% from the field last year for Ventura Community College.

Ray Corrigan- Amherst College

The former Poly Prep star made his first appearance in the NCAA Division III Final Four in April. The Amherst College Jeffs lost a close game with Williams College and finished the season at 27-5. A senior, Corrigan led Poly Prep to the N.Y. State Federation Championship.

Richard Forbes- TCC

A talented guard, the former Far Rockaway High School all-city player found a home at Tallahassee Community College. After the 2002-2003 season, Forbes did not go to school.

At Far Rockaway, he won the PSAL scoring title by averaging 30 points per game. Tallahassee is considered one of the top junior colleges in the country.

Arthur Robertson-Teikyo Post

A teammate of Clark at Beach Channel, Robertson stepped up to lead the Dolphins to the playoffs last year. Averaging 25 points and 12 rebounds per game, Teikyo Post University, a NCAA Division II school, welcomes his services this season.

Derrick Gabriel- SUNY Genesse

Becoming a star point guard in his senior year at Far Rock, Gabriel led the PSAL in scoring, assists and assists per game. He helped lead the Seahorses to the playoffs and received second team all-city honors. SUNY Genesee, a NCAA junior college team, will be the destination for Gabriel.

Katreem Palmer Delaware State

The Beach Channel star center was integral to the Lady Dolphins finishing at 16-0 and winning the Queens B Division Title. With 16 points and 10 rebounds in her senior year, Palmer will star at Delaware State University.

Next week, we will add more names to the growing list of Rockaway college basketball stars. The Wave is always looking to add to our list of college basketball players that we will feature this upcoming season. If anyone has information on players that weren’t featured in this article, don’t hesitate to call 718-634-4000 or email at editor@rockawave.com.

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