Coaches on America East’s Toughest Players to Guard

As part of the ESPN Insider College Hoops 2013-14 preview of the America East, I reached out to poll coaches in the league on who the toughest three players to guard. Here are are snippet of some coaches quotes, anonymously, on the toughest players they have to face in the conference.

Jameel Warney, Stony Brook, Sophomore

“I think down the road he’s going to be a dominant player in this league. I hate to say it because we’re going to have to play against him, but I think he’s going to be a dominant inside guy in this league.”

“He’s a high major kid. He just has a real knack. He can play anywhere in the country. He presents a lot of matchup problems because he’s big, he’s got unbelievable feel, he plays body, he plays angles and it’s really really hard to guard, extremely hard to guard.”

“Just coaching against him was an issue. It was definitely an issue.”

Clancy Rugg, Vermont, Senior

“I’m not going to lie to you I think the kid Rugg up at Vermont, you talk about a kid that’s really improved and raised his game Clancy Rugg. I think is very tough.”

“I like his whole story. He starts off as a walk-on and he’s one of the better players in the league. He was a problem.”

Mark Nwakamma, Hartford, Junior

“The big kid at Hartford, Nwakamma, is tough.”

“I always mispronounce [his name], but I don’t mean to because he’s a good player. He’s a tough guard.”

Sandro Carissimo, Vermont, Senior

“In my opinion Sandro Carissimo, he’s the most underrated guy in our league. He’s the engine that gets them going. People think Voekel, and Voekel’s a great player and he deserves a lot of credit, but if they lose Carlissimo they don’t have anybody that can get them in offense and get them into making plays.”

Sam Rowley, Albany, Junior

“He’s really really tough. He’s played extremely tough, he really hurt us.”

Dave Coley, Stony Brook, Senior

“Dave Coley I think is a really good guard, a tough cover.”

Brian Voekel, Vermont, Senior

“He’s a very good player. He’s very smart. I like the way he plays.”

Chase Plummer, UMBC, Senior

“The guy we have trouble with is Chase Plummer at UMBC.”

Ryan Restivo wrote the America East preview for the ESPN Insider College Hoops 2013-14 Preview. You can follow Ryan on Twitter @ryanarestivo or contact Ryan at rrestivo[at]nycbuckets.com.