Rockaway College Basketball 2011-2012 Update
By Elio Velez
Far Rockaway native and George Mason University senior Ryan Pearson earned preseason All-Colonial Athletic Association first team honors prior to the start of the college basketball season.
Pearson has improved each season in scoring and rebounding for the Patriots. The 6-6 forward was named to the All-CAA second team last season for scoring a team high 14.2 points per game and leading in rebounding with 6.8. Starting in 33 of 34 games, he drained team high 138 free throws and completed 51 percent from the field.
Pearson has started off the 2011-2012 college basketball season quite strong. Though the Patriots are just 3-2, the former Christ the King star has averaged 20 points a game and 9.4 boards a contest.
Pearson is playing for new coach Paul Hewitt, who guided Georgia Tech to five NCAA appearances in 11 season. Hewitt replaces Jim Larranaga, who originally recruited Pearson, and is now coaching at the University of Miami. Sanders Stars At Cincinnati
After an excellent career playing at the now closed Rice High School, Jermaine Sanders will take his talents to the Big East to play at the University of Cincinnati.
The 6-5, 225-pound forward had guided Rice to the CHSAA Class AA championship last season, while averaging a team high 18.1 points per game.
Sanders has not received much playing time off the bench so far this season. But he should be able to contribute for a strong Bearcats team that was finished to pick fifth in the Big East conference in the pre-season. Captain Cashen Leads Yale
Belle Harbor native Michelle Cashen was chosen last April to become the 34th captain by Yale University for the 2011-2012 season.
Cashen has been an example of consistency on the floor. The 6-foot forward played in 27 out of 29 games last season, while leading the team in rebounding and fourth in scoring. She was named the Ivy League Player of the Week on December 23, 2010.
“Michelle has been an important player on the team ever since arriving at Yale,” said head coach Chris Gobrecht. “This new responsibility of team captain will be a great chance for her to include leadership and motivation in her contributions to Yale’s success next year. This should be a very good team and we will count on Michelle to take on an important role in our quest for the Ivy championship.” Other News
Former Beach Channel boys varsity basketball players Chris Thompson, Kevin Marmolejos, and Jahvari Josiah are now teammates again at Monroe Community College in Rochester.
Hunter College senior Megan McKenna redshirted last season due to an injury suffered after only one game. The 5-8 guard, who is a post-graduate student, had averaged 14 points per game as a junior for the Hawks.