Mushman: Big Contributions in Queens Coming from Freshmen

Mushman: Big Contributions in Queens Coming from Freshmen

FLUSHING, N.Y. (Dec. 29, 2017) - QCSN basketball commentator Sam Mushman points out the youth on the Queens men's basketball team has served the Knights well but has also provided pivotal learning opportunities for a young squad in action this season.

"After graduating seven players from last year's team, the Queens College men's basketball program was going to have a much different look in 2017-18. With seven new faces on the roster, and six of them being freshmen, Head Coach Matt Collier made it a point to challenge his young players with big minutes early on.

Through eight contests, the Knights have been competitive in all but one game---a 70-48 loss to Lincoln University of Pennsylvania back on Dec. 3 (Queens was tied with Felician in the first half of another game before falling by 16 to the Golden Falcons). Despite the results not favoring QC, the talented youth on the team has shown signs of promise and hope. Freshmen Tyrese Crosdale and Elijah Bovell have already received weekly ECC conference honors with their terrific play.

Crosdale is third on the team with a 12.4 points per game average, leading the squad with 18 made three-pointers. Bovell exploded for a 31-point performance versus Holy Family on Nov. 26, with the rookie knocking down six three-pointers in that contest.

These are not the only freshmen making a huge impact for Queens. Dwayne Henry has had multiple games scoring in double-figures, and has been a lockdown defender during crucial moments in games. Henry has shown to be a future floor general for the Knights, especially when they graduate senior guards Simon Green and Tyrone Hall at the end of this year.

As far as the interior goes, it's been a similar story for Queens. With a big man rotation of sophomore forwards Kevin Buron and Isaac Grant along with first-year player Jelani Williams, there has been limited experience for the Knights front court. Williams is another freshman to already score in double figures, and Grant is averaging just shy of 10 points per contest.

Every game is going to be a challenge for the Knights this year. Simply put, half of their team was playing high school basketball a year ago, and mistakes will come with the learning curve. The good news for Queens is they have a strong foundation that is learning together. With arguably the youngest team in the East Coast Conference this year, the Knights might be the most underestimated squad in the league. Yet, as the calendar turns to 2018 and conference season gets underway, youth might also make QC the hungriest opponent for all nine other teams in the ECC."

The Queens College men's basketball team closes out the 2017 calendar year by hosting the Firebirds of UDC in a 3:30 p.m. tilt at Fitzgerald Gymnasium in Flushing. If you cannot make it to the game, you can always watch and listen to the broadcast with Sam Mushman on the QC Sports Network.