NCAA Basketball Honors Shone On Eagles Star Robertson
By Elio Velez
Arthur Robertson has experienced the first consistent signs of being on a winning team at Post University. In last week's Wave, the former Beach Channel High School star was instrumental in his Eagles, a NCAA Division II school, winning seven games a row to climb over the .500 mark on the season.
Well the good times keep rolling for Robertson and the Eagles, who won three more games to improve their record to 13-9 and climbed to tenth in the NCAA Division II Northeast Region Poll. It is the first time in the men's program history that they have been ranked by the NCAA in the top ten.
For his important efforts throughout Post University's recent winning success, Robertson was honored for his accolades on the floor by being named the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Player of the Week, the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Co- Player of the Week.
He was awarded the honors on January 31 after averaging 25 points and 13.5 rebounds per game in the Eagles' victories over USP and Felician. Against the latter, Robertson scored nine points of his career high 31 points in the final minute of the fourth quarter as Post almost completed a major comeback but fell 92-89.
The loss ended an eight game winning streak for Post but they bounced back in the next game with an72-63 win over USP with Robertson gaining his fifth double-double of the season with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Post has won ten straight home basketball games at the Bridgeport based school.
His exemplary classwork was also rewarded as Robertson was named to the CACC Honor Roll.
Robertson leads the team in scoring and is second in rebounds. Post University has a CACC conference record of 11-4, which is good for second place behind the University of Philadelphia. Former Beach Channel High School teammate Michael Brockington comes off the bench for the Post Eagles.
Rahshon Clark's transition from another scoring option for the Iowa State Cyclones to a prime defensive stopper is just about complete. New head coach Greg McDermott, who took over from the fired Wayne Morgan in the offseason, has given the junior a new role.
Clark, an athletic 6 foot 5 small forward has used his long wingspan and his quick speed into guarding the opposition's best scoring shooting guard or small forward. The former Queens High School Player of the Year from Beach Channel is only averaging 7 points per game and shooting 39% from the field.
But his defensive prowess stopped Baylor's explosive young shooting guard Aaron Bruce into scoring no points on 0 of 7 shooting from the field as Iowa State (12-11) broke a five game losing streak last Saturday in a 71-58 victory. Bruce had averaged 13 points but Clark shadowed him so well that McDermott had much praise after the game for his starting small forward.
"Rahshon did a great job guarding Bruce," McDermott added. "Bruce started out sluggish and Clark did a good job holding him to zero points. That is quite an accomplishment, because Bruce is fantastic player."
Samantha Swensen , the former Poly Prep high school star, continues to be a potent contributor in her freshmen season at Amherst College. The Jeffs have been struggling of late, losing their last three games to fall to 12-11, Swensen had averaged 9.7 points per game and started all 23 contests for the NCAA Division III school.
Michael Hines , the former BCHS guard continues to be in the starting lineup for surging Sullivan County Community College, who continues to be the #1 ranked school in the NJCAA Men's Division III Basketball poll with an 18-0 record. It is the ninth consecutive poll that Sullivan County has been ranked in the top spot. Former teammate Dwayne Messam also plays for a junior college, and has found success with Monroe CC in Rochester as that team has a 20-3 record so far.
Katreem Palmer has risen to the starting lineup for the Delaware State Hornets in her junior season. The former Lady Dolphin is averaging 9 points per game and seven rebounds, which leads the team in 31 minutes of action. She started 24 of 30 basketball games in the 2005-06 campaign and has started all 22 games for the 11-11 Hornets.
ESPN U will feature Colgate University (9-14), which features former Rockaway resident and small forward Tim Pounds against American University on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Next week, the Wave will feature the story of Richard Forbes , the former PSAL all star with Far Rockaway High School, who has finally found a home with SUNY-Binghamton, an NCAA Division I program in the America East Conference.