Rochester basketball at the Division I level: Season in review

By BILLY HEYEN

The college basketball season ended before anyone expected it to, but before its conclusion, former Section V stars were having big years at the Division I level.

From Isaiah Stewart and Anthony Lamb on the men’s side to Dyaisha Fair and Emma Guy on the women’s, along with about 20 others, Rochester was well represented at the highest level of college basketball in the 2019-20 season.

Below you’ll find a look at how the seasons went for each of the Rochester area’s Division I players, including highlights from the campaign.

Note: The “KenPom stat” sections below are taken from college basketball advanced stats site KenPom.com. Women’s college basketball doesn’t feature a totally equivalent site, so the women’s players below feature a “notable stat” section.

Isaiah Stewart, Washington

High school: McQuaid (before two prep years at La Lumiere)
Year: Freshman
Team record: 15-17
By the numbers: 17.0 points per game; 8.8 rebounds per game; 2.1 blocks per game; 57 percent shooting from the floor
KenPom stat: Stewart ranked 43rd in the country in true shooting percentage at 62.9 percent (true shooting percentage accounts for shooting from 3 and at the line).
Highlight: Against Washington State on Dec. 3, Stewart beat everyone down floor for a fastbreak slam.

Nahziah Carter, Washington

Washington Huskies forward Nahziah Carter (11). (Photo: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports)

High school: Bishop Kearney
Year: Junior
Team record: 15-17
By the numbers: 12.2 points per game; 4.9 rebounds per game; 1.4 steals per game; 36.6 percent shooting from 3-point range
KenPom stat: Carter ranked 312th in the country in steal percentage, taking the ball away on 2.6 percent of opposing possessions. 
Highlight: Carter dunked a lot this season. Here’s a sampling of three.

Quinton Rose, Temple

Quinton Rose. (Derik Hamilton | USA Today Sports)

High school: Bishop Kearney
Year: Senior
Team record: 14-17
By the numbers: 16.4 points per game; 5.0 rebounds per game; 3.5 assists per game; 2.0 steals per game
KenPom stat: Rose ranked 79th in the country in steal percentage, taking the ball away on 3.4 percent of opposing possessions.
Highlight: Rose became the American Athletic Conference’s all-time leader in points, steals and made field goals.

Anthony Lamb, Vermont

Anthony Lamb drives to the basket against Virginia on Nov. 19, 2019. (Geoff Burke | USA Today Sports)

High school: Greece Athena
Year: Senior
Team record: 26-7
By the numbers: 16.7 points per game; 7.1 rebounds per game; 2.5 assists per game; 1.2 blocks per game; 1.0 steals per game
KenPom stat: Lamb ranked 50th in the country in shot percentage, attempting a shot on 31.2 percent of Vermont’s possessions while he was on the floor.
Highlight: Lamb hit the game-winning shot at St. John’s in November.

Brian Fobbs, Towson

High school: Bishop Kearney (followed by two season at Genesee Community College)
Year: Senior
Team record: 19-13
By the numbers: 16.3 points per game; 4.9 rebounds per game; 34.2 percent 3-point shooter; 83.3 percent free-throw shooter
KenPom stat: Fobbs’ 83.3 percent foul shooting ranked 150th nationally.
Highlight: Fobbs scored a career-high 33 points early in the season, including a James Harden-esque stepback.

Jalen Pickett, Siena

Jalen Pickett. (Photo: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports)

High school: Aquinas (followed by a prep year at SPIRE Institute in Ohio)
Year: Sophomore
Team record: 20-10
By the numbers: 15.1 points per game; 6.0 assists per game; 4.6 rebounds per game; 1.1 blocks per game; 1.0 steals per game
KenPom stat: Pickett’s 34.3 percent assist rate (the percentage of made Siena baskets he assisted on) ranked 34th in the country.
Highlight: Pickett hit a game-winner for Siena against Marist.

Jeenathan Williams, Buffalo

Jeenathan Williams. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports)

High school: UPrep (before a year at Prolific Prep in California)
Year: Sophomore
Team record: 20-12
By the numbers: 11.6 points per game; 4.7 rebounds per game; 0.8 steals per game
KenPom stat: Williams’ offensive rebound percentage of 7.5 percent ranked 488th in the country.
Highlight: Williams had a steal and slam at Miami (OH) in January.

Emmitt Holt, Providence

High school: Webster Schroeder
Year: Graduate student
Team record: 19-12
By the numbers: 4.8 points per game; 3.7 rebounds per game; 73 percent shooting from the foul line
KenPom stat: Compiled a season-best 198 offensive rating in Providence’s last game, a win against DePaul on March 7.
Highlight: Holt threw down an alley-oop dunk against Merrimack on Nov. 19.

Miles Brown, Ohio

High school: Northstar
Year: Freshman
Team record: 17-15
By the numbers: 10.8 minutes per game; 1.6 points per game; 0.7 steals per game
KenPom stat: Brown had a season-best offensive rating of 133 against Western Michigan on Feb. 11 as he scored four points and dished out two assists.
Highlight: In that game against WMU, one of Brown’s assists came off a steal.

Keith McGee, New Mexico

High school: Greece Arcadia (before spending a season at South Plains College)
Year: Redshirt Junior
Team record: 19-14
By the numbers: 5.9 points per game; 36.5 percent 3-point shooting
KenPom stat: McGee’s 120.5 offensive rating in conference play ranked eighth among Mountain West Conference players.
Highlight: McGee soared for an opening night alley-oop.

Gerald Drumgoole, Pittsburgh

High school: Irondequoit
Year: Freshman
Team record: 16-17
By the numbers: 9.0 minutes per game; 1.2 points per game
KenPom stat: N/a
Highlight: Drumgoole scored a season-high six points against Georgia Tech on March 4.

Michael Brown Jr., Ohio

High school: Northstar
Year: Freshman
Team record: 17-15
By the numbers: Appeared in five games; scored eight points, including two 3-pointers
KenPom stat: N/a
Highlight: Brown’s first collegiate bucket came on an exhibition game and-1.

Missed most or all of Division I men’s season: Niagara’s Noah Waterman (Finger Lakes Christian School); Albany’s Rian Carter (Bishop Kearney)

Dyaisha Fair, Buffalo

Dyaisha Fair (Photo: Paul Hokanson/UBBulls.com)

High school: Edison Tech
Year: Freshman
Team record: 19-12
By the numbers: 22.0 points per game; 5.9 rebounds per game; 3.5 assists per game; 2.8 steals per game
Notable stat: Fair scored 24 points on 10-of-22 shooting at then-No. 3 Stanford on Nov. 24.
Highlight: Fair hit an on-the-run 3-pointer at the buzzer at Toledo on Jan. 9.

Emma Guy, Boston College

High school: Penfield
Year: Senior
Team record: 20-12
By the numbers: 13.3 points per game; 6.4 rebounds per game; shot 59.4 percent from the floor
Notable stat: Facing Florida State, Wake Forest, Syracuse and Clemson midway through ACC play, Guy put up 20 or more points in four-straight games.
Highlight: Guy hit a buzzer beater to beat Notre Dame on Feb. 13. She also reached 1,000 collegiate points on Feb. 2.

Rosa Graham, Monmouth

High school: Bishop Kearney
Year: Senior
Team record: 9-22
By the numbers: 24.5 minutes per game; 3.5 points per game; 1.8 assists per game; 1.1 steals per game
Notable stat: Graham scored well above her average with 23 points across Monmouth’s final two games of the season.
Highlight: Graham matched a season-high with 12 points in the first round of the MAAC tournament, including this and-1.

Allure Simmons, Monmouth

High school: Bishop Kearney
Year: Sophomore
Team record: 9-22
By the numbers: 8.0 minutes per game; 0.9 points per game; 0.6 steals per game
Notable stat: Simmons nabbed a season-high three steals twice on the road, first at Siena and then at Canisius.
Highlight: Simmons drove to score in a close game with Lafayette in December.

Jayla Myles, Howard

High school: Mercy
Year: Redshirt Junior
Team record: 16-15
By the numbers: 3.0 points per game; 4.3 rebounds per game; 1.75 blocks per game
Notable stat: Myles ranked second on Howard in blocks despite playing only the eighth-most minutes on the roster.
Highlight: In Howard’s second game of the season, Myles scored 10 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked five shots against UMBC.

Makaila Wilson, Lafayette

High school: Penfield
Year: Sophomore
Team record: 15-14
By the numbers: Played in seven games before missing rest of season; 5.4 points per game; 3.9 rebounds per game
Notable stat: Wilson scored a season-high 11 points at St. John’s on Nov. 13.
Highlight: Wilson was Rochester’s first Division I player to score this season, converting on a post move on the opening afternoon of the season.

Missed most or all of Division I women’s season: UMBC’s Kayla Jackson (Aquinas), Brown’s Traiva Breedlove (Mercy)

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