I had the opportunity to speak with Saint Joseph's Head Coach Phil Martelli about star forward DeAndre' Bembry. Bembry had fallen under the radar, but is one of the best all around players in the country. During the first two seasons of his career he has been named 2014 A10 Co-Rookie of the Year, 2014 A10 All Rookie Team, 2015 A10 All First Team. He lead the conference in scoring and lead the country in minutes played per game last season. He is definitely a player to look out for this season.
Kevin NESR: What kind of person is DeAndre? How would you describe him as a student athlete?
Martelli: He's an old spirit in a young body. Great teammate. He has the ability to interact with walk ons, seniors, staff, anyone in the program. He's very easy to get along with.
Kevin NESR: How would you describe his overall leadership on and off the court?
Martelli: He was voted captain by his teammates as a sophomore, this season he will be a stand alone captain. He has the work ethic and puts in the time in the gym. Terrific leader who knows what it means to follow.
Kevin NESR: How has he developed during his time at Saint Josephs? What is his upside?
Martelli: He has the chance to be a career league guy. As a freshman he was asked to fit in as needed and did well in that role. This season he led the country in minutes per game, but led our team with a blend of experience. He has a less is more mentality.
Kevin NESR: Who would you compare him to at the next level?
Martelli: I'm not comparing him to Russell Westbrook, but they have similar body types. He also reminds me a little of Bruce Bowen.
Kevin NESR: How do you plan to use DeAndre this season?
Martelli: The way you would use an all league player, use him to win. We will preserve him more, he will play less mins and could have less shot attempts. We also want him to have less turnovers and we have prepped him for these things.
Last season Stony Brook was a buzzer beater away from reaching the NCAA Tournament. I can only imagine the level of focus and hunger the team is entering with this season. Jameel Warney stood out to me last season because of his consistency and level of play. Each game he put up big numbers, but efficiently he was the best in the country. He finished the season with the highest NBA player efficiency rating in the nation. Many people around the country may not know of him, but after this season they will. I reached out to Coach Pikiell for more insight, he had nothing but great things to say about Warney. Our interview was more conversational. I highlighted a few quotes, see below:
Stony Brook Head Coach Steve Pikiell
"He can flat out play. A lot of (NBA) teams have shown interest, still expecting a few more"
"Would have more exposure with high level programs, but decided to stay"
"He's a throwback kid, good worker, loyal. He's been at one high school, one AAU program, one college. Rare loyalty"
"Teams have compared him to DeJuan Blair and Malik Rose. Most recently Richaun Holmes of the Sixers"
"One of the best passing bigs in the country"
"True low post guy. Good one on one scorer, rarely gets his shot block. Has a knack for scoring around the basket. Lead the country in double doubles, gets it done on both ends"
"Graduating in December, will start grad school soon after"
Northeast Scouting Report Profile: Jameel Warney
It seems like DeAndre Bembry has been at Saint Joes forever, but he is only a Junior. He is an all out energy guy who gives his all every night. He excels in transition and has proven to be a crafty finisher at the rim. Most importantly he is efficient. Last season he averaged a player efficiency rating of 18.74 and Per Min of Production: 0.50.
Read the Mid Major interview here
Northeast Scouting Report Profile: DeAndre Bembry
1. Kris Dunn of Providence was selected as the 2015-2016 best player in college basketball.
Dunn excels on both sides of the ball and knows how to run a team. He had strong 2014-2015
campaign in which he earned CO BIG EAST Player of the Year and CO Defensive Player of the
Year. He is currently listed as a lottery pick in most mock drafts.
22. DeAndre Bembry of Saint Joseph's is a full energy and effort player. He finishes well in traffic
and through contact. Shoots the ball well off the catch and looks to run whenever possible. He
has the ability to guard multiple positions. Produced a PER of 18.74 last season.
39. Sterling Gibbs of UConn will bring value and a steady point guard with experience. He played
big for Seton Hall last season and will have a great impact as a transfer.
48. Daniel Hamilton of UConn brings length and athleticism to the Huskies with the ability to
score in a variety of ways. The returning AAC Rookie of the Year will have an increased role this
52. A.J. English of Iona could potentially be a Top 25 player but only time will tell. He has the ability
to play both guard positions. Standing at 6'4" with a solid build he pretty much gets wherever he
wants on the court. He's a pure scorer but what stands out most is his efficiency. 2014-2015 PER: 19.10.
56. E.C. Matthews of Rhode Island is a quick athletic point guard with all the tools to play at the
next level. He shoots it well from long range and has the ability to get into the paint. He also
has good size standing at 6'4"-6'5". He will need to be more efficient this season in order to
take the next step in his career.
66. Expectations are high for Jalen Brunson of Villanova. The Preseason BIG EAST Rookie of
the Year should have a solid campaign. He has a great basketball IQ and it is sure to carry over
78. Amida Brimah of UConn blocked 121 shots last season leading the nation. The reigning AAC
Defensive Player of the Year looks to produced more this season on the offensive end. He is
almost automatic in the paint ending last season with a 67% FG percentage. He actually went
13-13 last season at home vs. Coppin State, an impressive outcome.
79. Maodo Lo is one of the best players and shooters in Columbia history. He will bring a lot of
experience this season after playing with the German National Team last summer. The IVY league is
always competitive and this year will not be any different.
81. Daniel Ochefu of Villanova is one of the best rebounders in the country. He fits perfectly in the
Villanova system and plays within himself. He is almost automatic in the paint and it doesn't
hurt playing with great guards.
90. Hassan Martin is an athletic forward who uses his ability on both ends to change the game.
He's explosive at the rim and continues to improve on the offensive end. Has shown the ability to
knock down the 15 footer consistently. Produced a PER of 17.30 last season and 3.1 blocks per
92. Isaiah Whitehead of Seton Hall has a lot to prove this season. The highly recruited guard had
a good season, but has the ability to take his game to another level. Expectations are high this
93. Jameel Warney of Stony Brook could easily be considered a Top 25 player. He has good hands
and a soft touch around the rim. He has earned numerous awards during his time at Stony Brook
which includes back to back American East Player of the Year Awards.
2015-16 BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year
Kris Dunn, Providence, G, Jr., 6-4, 220, New London, Conn.
2015-16 BIG EAST Preseason Rookie of the Year
Jalen Brunson, Villanova, G, Fr., 6-2, 199, Lincolnshire, Ill.
2015-16 BIG EAST Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team
Kellen Dunham, Butler, G, Sr., 6-6, 200, Pendleton, Ind.
Roosevelt Jones, Butler, F, Sr., 6-4, 225, O’Fallon, Ill.
D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, Georgetown, G, Sr., 6-3, 214, Indianapolis, Ind.
Ryan Arcidiacono, Villanova, G, Sr., 6-3, 195, Langhorne, Pa.
Jalen Reynolds, Xavier, F, Jr., 6-10, 232, Detroit, Mich.
2015-16 BIG EAST Preseason All-BIG EAST Second Team
Billy Garrett, Jr., DePaul, G, Jr., 6-6, 205, Chicago, Ill.
Henry Ellenson, Marquette, F, Fr., 6-10, 245, Rice Lake, Wis.
Angel Delgado, Seton Hall, F, So., 6-9, 230, Bajos De Haina, Dominican Republic
Isaiah Whitehead, Seton Hall, G, So., 6-4, 210, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Daniel Ochefu, Villanova, F, Sr., 6-11, 245, Baltimore, Md.
2015-16 Preseason All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention
Isaac Copeland, Georgetown, F, So., 6-9, 220, Raleigh, N.C.
Luke Fischer, Marquette, C, Jr., 6-11, 245, Germantown, Wis.
Jalen Brunson, Villanova, G, Fr., 6-2, 199, Lincolnshire, Ill.
Trevon Bluiett, Xavier, G, So., 6-6, 215, Indianapolis, Ind.
Jalen Brunson, The former McDonald's All American, has been listed as one of the top 16 freshman who will have an impact this season. Brunson will play alongside Senior PG, Ryan Arcidiacono, a four year starter. This will be a great way to transition into college basketball without the pressure of running a team. See the Yahoo article here
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