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.