Alumni Catchup: Dan Garvin (Bryant University) by CTHoopsNews

By: Sam Rubinstein ( @_samruby )

Our Alumni Catch Up Column will ask former stars of CIAC Boy’s Basketball questions on their high school and college careers to give us a little insight on the person behind the player.

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Dan Garvin

 

Our final Alumni Catchup feature for the preseason is 2013 Bethel High School graduate and current Bryant Bulldog, Dan Garvin. Dan was an 1,000 point scorer and two time Class M all stater for the Wildcats, and led them to an appearance in the SWC championship game his senior year. Dan was a force to be reckoned with across the state as he averaged 24 points and 18 rebounds per game during his senior campaign. At Bryant, Dan has blossomed into one of the premier post players of the NEC. As a sophomore last season, Dan started all 31 games for his squad and made the All-NEC Second Team. This season, Dan was picked as a preseason First Team all conference player, and has lived up to the hype. Through 10 games, Dan has averaged 10.5 points per game and 8.7 rebounds per game. His Bulldogs have a had a tough non conference schedule but look out for Dan and his teammates when March comes around because they will be one of the top teams in their conference. 

 

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1.    Name: Dan Garvin

2.    Year: Junior

3.    College/University: Bryant University (D1, North East Conference)

4. High School: Bethel High School (Bethel, CT, South West Conference)

5. Most Memorable High School Game and Why? Senior year against Notre Dame Fairfield. I had 40 points and 18 rebounds, itwas by far the best game of my career.

6. Best Player You Played Against in High School? Daniel Upchurch of Notre Dame Fairfield.

7. Most Memorable College Game and Why? Against UConn during my sophomore season. We lost, but I grew up watching them and going to their camps so it was a surreal experience to actually play a game on their court

8. Best Player You Played Against in College? Ryan Boatright from UConn. For his size, he could do it all. Score, pass, rebound, block shots; he was just a great overall player.

9. Best Team You Played Against in College? Duke University

10. Coolest Place/Arena That You Have Played In College? Madison Square Garden. We played there my freshman season.

11.  Where Else Were You Looking to Play Coming Out of High School? Along with Bryant, there was Sacred Heart, and other NEC schools.

12.  What Do You Miss Most About Playing High School Basketball? Being able to represent my home town night in and night out.

13.  One Mentor That Helped You Out On the High School Team When You Were an Underclassmen and How Did He Help? Jon Byrnes (played at New England College) was two years ahead of me and always pushed me to be my best.

14.  If You Could Go Back and Replay One Game of Your High School Career What Would It Be and Why? Class M state tournament game against Berlin because it was my last game and was a loss.

16.  What’s The Biggest Difference Between the College Game and the High School Game? The physicality. There is a big difference between boy’s basketball and men’s basketball.

17.  Give Us One Outlook On How You Think Your College Team Will Do This Season. Goal is to win the NEC just like every year! 

Thanks to Dan for taking the time to talk to us and we wish all the best to him and his Bryant Bulldogs!  

Alumni Catchup: Zach Lewis (University of Massachusetts Amherst) by CTHoopsNews

By: Sam Rubinstein ( @_samruby )

Our Alumni Catch Up Column will ask former stars of CIAC Boy’s Basketball questions on their high school and college careers to give us a little insight on the person behind the player

 

Zach Lewis

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Zach Lewis is this week’s selection for our Alumni Catchup column. Zach is a former sharp shooting, All-State point guard for Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford, CT where he helped lead the Indians to back-to-back trips to Mohegan Sun, and an overall 38-2 regular season record over his final two seasons, highlighted by a 20-0 mark during his junior year. After a year at Fishburne Military School in Waynesboro, VA, he accepted a scholarship to Canisius College and played a major role for the Golden Griffins as soon as he stepped foot on campus. As a freshman, Zach averaged 9.5 points per game and earned a spot on the MAAC All-Rookie team for Coach Jim Baron. During his first year, he also set a school record for freshmen, when hit seven three pointers in one game against Monmouth University. Then as a sophomore, he played an even larger role as he started every game, averaging 12.5 points per contest and was named Third Team All-MAAC. after his sophomore season, he decided to transfer to the University of Massachusetts. Due to NCAA rules, he is sitting out the 2015-2016 season, but is practicing with team and preparing himself for to get back out on the court for next year. 

 

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1.    Name: Zach Lewis

2.    Year: Junior (with 2 years left of eligibility after 2015-2016 season)

3.    College/University: University of Massachusetts (D1, Atlantic 10 Conference), formerly Canisius College (D1, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference)

4. High School: Northwest Catholic High School (West Hartford, CT, Central Connecticut Conference)

5. Most Memorable High School Game and Why? The first game of my senior year, we played New Britain High School and I scored 43 points. Which was 1 point away from the school record.

6. Best Player You Played Against in High School? Kris Dunn from New London High School

7. Most Memorable College Game and Why? Against Monmouth my sophomore year when I went for 31 points off of 8 three pointers, which happens to be the school record of three pointers made in a game. 

8. Best Player You Played Against in College? Sean Armand from Iona College. He was the leading scorer of the best team in our conference and he had unlimited range. I saw a little bit of me in his game but he was bigger and stronger and I was a freshman at the time so it was a tough cover.

9. Best Team You Played Against in College? University of Notre Dame

10. Coolest Place/Arena That You Have Played In College? Definitely Notre Dame definitely because of the history behind the university. You could feel it in the arena.

11.  Where Else Were You Looking to Play Coming Out of High School? Canisius, UMass, Hofstra, South Florida, Richmond, St. Bonaventure, George Washington, Northeastern, Brown, and Manhattan were all the schools I was really looking at.

12.  What Do You Miss Most About Playing High School Basketball? The big thing I miss about high school is playing with my teammate Kuran Iverson (former Memphis Tiger, now Rhode Island Ram) and really having my whole family there for almost every game.

13.  One Mentor That Helped You Out On the High School Team When You Were an Underclassmen and How Did He Help? My older brother, Jordan Lewis. My freshman year he was a junior and he really showed me the ropes and kept me going when things got tough.

14.  If You Could Go Back and Replay One Game of Your High School Career What Would It Be and Why? State championship my junior year. It was a winnable game against New London who was led by Kris Dunn and we just let it slip away at the end.

16.  What’s The Biggest Difference Between the College Game and the High School Game? The physicality and obviously the level of competition. Basketball is taken much more serious in college than high school as a whole.

17.  Give Us One Outlook On How You Think Your College Team Will Do This Season. I think we will do real good this season. We have the senior leadership combined with some talented young guys, so I think we can be as good as anyone in our league. 

 

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Thanks to Zach for taking the time to talk to us and we wish all the best to him and his UMass Minutemen!  

Alumni Catchup: Daniel Upchurch (Charleston Southern University) by CTHoopsNews

By: Sam Rubinstein ( @_samruby )

Our Alumni Catch Up Column will ask former stars of CIAC Boy’s Basketball questions on their high school and college careers to give us a little insight on the person behind the player

 

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Daniel Upchurch

This week’s player to be highlighted in our Alumni Catchup is Danny Upchurch, a former Notre Dame Lancer, and current Charleston Southern Buccaneer. At Notre Dame, Danny led his team to an SWC championship sophomore year, along with two trips to the Class M state semifinals during his sophomore and junior seasons. During his senior campaign, he averaged 25 points, 7 assists, and 4 steals per game on his way to first team Class M All State honors. After Notre Dame, he took a prep year at Putnam Science Academy in Putnam, CT, which eventually led to a Division 1 scholarship to play basketball at Charleston Southern University in South Carolina. As a freshman averaged 11.4 minutes per game coming off of the bench and scoring 2.2 points per game. Now coming into his sophomore campaign, Danny is the starting point guard and looks to lead CSU to a Big South conference title and berth in the 2016 NCAA Tournament. Keep an eye out for Danny this season as he is making all of us back in Connecticut proud!

 

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1.    Name: Daniel Upchurch

2.    Year: Sophomore

3.    College/University: Charleston Southern University (D1, Big South Conference)

4. High School: Notre Dame Catholic High School (Fairfield, CT, South West Conference)

5. Most Memorable High School Game and Why? Against New Milford High School my senior year because I had 45 points and 7 assists and that was my career high in scoring.

6. Best Player You Played Against in High School? Had to be Kris Dunn my freshman year. Now he turns out to be the best point guard in all of college basketball.

7. Most Memorable College Game and Why? Against Ole Miss. It was my first college game and I played 20 minutes. We beat them at the buzzer and I scored 5 points that game.

8. Best Player You Played Against in College? Has to be Xavier Rathan-Mayes from Florida State

9. Best Team You Played Against in College? North Carolina State

10. Coolest Place/Arena That You Have Played In College? Colorado State because it was my first time out there and I loved their arena.

11.  Where Else Were You Looking to Play Coming Out of High School? Sacred Heart University, UMass Lowell, and Gardner Webb University

12.  What Do You Miss Most About Playing High School Basketball? The fun of the game and not being so serious like it is at the next level.

13.  One Mentor That Helped You Out On the High School Team When You Were an Underclassmen and How Did He Help? Tre McPherson. He was better than me and showed me the way my freshman year.

14.  If You Could Go Back and Replay One Game of Your High School Career What Would It Be and Why? My sophomore year against Trinity Catholic in the Class M state semi-finals. We were up by three with ten seconds left and lost in OT.

15.  How Did Playing High School Basketball in Connecticut Prepare You For The Next Level? It was okay, but a shot clock definitely would have prepared me more.

16.  What’s The Biggest Difference Between the College Game and the High School Game? The speed and have to know how and when to shoot the ball.

17.  Give Us One Outlook On How You Think Your College Team Will Do This Season. We are looking to win the conference, anything other than that would be a failure.

Thanks to Daniel for taking the time to talk to us and we wish all the best to him and his CSU Buccaneers!  

Alumni Catchup: Mike Mallory (Southern Connecticut State University) by CTHoopsNews

 

By: Sam Rubinstein (@_samruby)

 

Our Alumni Catch Up Column will ask former stars of CIAC Boy’s Basketball questions on their high school and college careers to give us a little insight on the person behind the player.

 

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We got the chance to talk to former Holy Cross Crusader and current Southern Connecticut State Owl, Mike Mallory, and ask him questions on his high school and college days.  In high school, he was a four-year varsity player, All-State point guard, and despite being injured for most of his senior year, he finished his career with winning the prestigious Billy Fin Award, given to the city of Waterbury’s best player. Before heading to the college ranks, Mallory did a post-graduate year at Marianapolis Preparatory School in Thompson, CT which gave him an extra year to prepare for the next level and get his name out even more to college coaches after his injury during his Senior campaign at Holy Cross.  At Southern, he was named the Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Year in 2014 and made the All Conference Tournament team which the Owls won that year. During his sophomore season he set a school single season record with 90 made three pointers, averaged 18.3 points per game, and was a Third-Team All NE-10 selection. Going into his junior season, Mike was named preseason All-American and looks to improve on his already fantastic career and lead his team to another great season. 

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1.     Name: Michael Mallory

2.     Year: Junior

3.     College/University: Southern Connecticut State University (D2, Northeast 10 Conference)

4.     High School: Holy Cross High School (Waterbury, CT, Naugatuck Valley League)

5.     Most Memorable High School Game and Why? Sophomore year we played Sacred Heart at their place and I had 32 points

6.     Best Player You Played Against in High School?

Shabazz Muhammad (in AAU circuit) who plays for the Timberwolves but there were a lot of great players I played with and against.

7.     Most Memorable College Game and Why? Winning the NE-10 championship (freshman season) because I’ve never had a feeling like that before or won anything of that magnitude

8.     Best Player You Played Against in College? Gelvis Solano (Merrimack College - returning first team All NE-10, 1,000 point scorer)

9.     Coolest Place/Arena That You Have Played In College? Too many to list.

10.  Where Else Were You Looking to Play Coming Out of High School? A couple of D1s and no D2s at the time (before getting inured and attending prep school)

11.  What Do You Miss Most About Playing High School Basketball? Playing with my high school teammates, I love those guys

12.  One Mentor That Helped You Out On the High School Team When You Were an Underclassmen and How Did He Help? Ta’Quan ZImmerman (Holy Cross grad, current member of Idaho Stampede in NBA DLeague) was my mentor then and now is like a big brother to me and he shows me the ropes.

13.  If You Could Go Back and Replay One Game of Your High School Career What Would It Be and Why? Championship game vs Watertown because I wasn’t able to play.

14.  How Did Playing High School Basketball in Connecticut Prepare You For The Next Level? It helped me out a lot because it brought out toughness that I didn’t know I had

15.  What’s The Biggest Difference Between the College Game and the High School Game? The speed is the biggest difference. Everyone is faster and can control their speed more.

16.  Give Us One Outlook On How You Think Your College Team Will Do This Season. I think we will shock the world on how good we will be

Thanks to Mike for taking the time to talk to us and we wish all the best to him and his SCSU Owls! 

Alumni Catchup: Walt Wright (University of Montana) by CTHoopsNews

By: Nate Rubinstein (@Nate_Rubinstein)

It feels like just yesterday the whole city of Waterbury, Connecticut was packed in the Reggie O’Brien Gymnasium at Wilby High School to witness Walt Wright hit a game winning three pointer in double overtime against city rival, Crosby High School.

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Fast forward two years and Wright now attends school in Missoula, Montana preparing to wear a Division 1 uniform for the first time in his career.

The transfer junior did nothing but shine at Snow College, a Junior College located in Ephraim, Utah, averaging 21.8 points per game and earning NJCAA All-America Honorable Mention. To add to his resume, Wright was first-team All-SWAC Conference and All-Region 18 First Team.

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This year Wright will be put in the starting point guard role for the Griz and is setting the bar high for the team. “We want to go out and win the Big Sky conference and make it into the NCAA Tournament,” Wright said in a conversation over the phone.  When it came to his individual game he mentioned, “Individually, I look to lead the team. I don’t have my mind set on any specific amount of points or anything, I just want to lead the team to victory and be a leader.”

With only two years of eligibility left coming from a JUCO school, Wright said that he does feel pressure to perform, but that it’s good pressure.

The 5’10” point guard feels that University of Montana was the right fit for him out of all the schools that offered him scholarships for the final two years of his collegiate career. “I felt that Montana put me in the best situation to have a chance to win a championship. They didn’t promise me any starting position, but told me I had a high possibility for the role. It also looked like the best place to make a two year career, and hopefully become a pro.”

Over the off-season Wright focused on his three point shot and putting more weight on his body knowing that the Division 1 level is a lot more physical from what he experienced in the past.

The Montana Griz tip off the season November 16th, at home, against Boise State. Watch out for Wright to be a pivotal role in the teams’ success and represent Connecticut basketball with pride this season. 

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“The coach on the floor,” is how former Crosby High School phenom Anthony Ireland described the point guard position, when I talked to him last week. The point guard is the most vital position on the court and we talked to two ballers who know it. Anthoney Irleand and Walter Wright are two of the shining point guards to come out of Connecticut, and more specifically, Waterbury, Connecticut.

After having an impressive tenure at Crosby High, Ireland took part in a Post Graduate year at Winchendon School in Massachusetts and then CONTINUED on to be a four-year player at Loyola-Marymount University. He finished his career as a Lion playing in the most games than any other LMU player (132), playing the most minutes (4, 653), and games started (125). He is now playing professional ball in France for the Chalon club.

 

Ireland mentioned that the best advice he received about perfecting the point guard craft came from his LMU coach Max Good. Good told Anthony that he needed to know where all 5 positions need to be as the point guard. To follow up on Coach’s words of wisdom, Ireland started to watch more film and improved his knowledge on controlling the game.
“The point guard needs the ‘Derrick Rose face’”. Ireland was referring to composure, as Derrick Rose is known for being one of the more clutch performers (when healthy of course).

Ireland added, “Point guards have to make the best decisions on the court offensively and defensively.” Whether it is taking the pull up jumper or finding some way to get the rock to the post, the point guard analyzes the situation, and takes action.

Walter Wright graduated from Crosby’s rival school, Wilby High School, finishing on the top scorers list alongside former NBA forward Ryan Gomes. Wright just finished his sophomore, and final year, at Snow College, a junior college located in Ephraim, Utah.

Next year Wright plans to attend and play for a division 1 program from one of the many SCHOLARSHIPS he’s acquired in the past 2 years. In fact, he narrowed down his list for the big decision to University of Montana, North Carolina Central University, Long Beach State University, University of Detroit, and Middle Tennessee State University.
When conversing with Walter he mentioned, “A good point guard always should be able to control the game, make his teammates better, and be able to make a big play for their team on offense and defense.” The point is sort of looked upon by the others on the floor for guidance.

 

When asking the two prolific ball handlers who they thought the best point guard in the game today is, Wright answered with Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Ireland said Marcelinho Huertas for the FC Barcelona club in Spain.

“The best PG in the game as of now is Russell Westbrook just because he brings so much energy and aggression to his team. Not always a good thing, but his upside is way better than his downside,” Wright said to defend his answer.
When describing Huertas to me Anthony kept stressing the control that this player had. Huertas is a player who has incredible court vision and has a game similar to Steve Nash’s.

Every team has different needs whether it is professional basketball, college basketball, high school basketball, so on so forth. Therefore the definition of a pure or true point guard actually loses its meaning because there may be some roles that the point guard would have to take on where traditionally its not expected.

Both of these guards have risen through the ranks of Connecticut basketball, and anyone who has the pleasure of seeing them will understand what a true point guard looks like.


By: Nate Rubinstein