The Connecticut College men´s basketball team enters the 2010-11 season with a young squad and an optimistic outlook. Although the Camels face the nearly impossible task of replacing three-year captain Shavar Bernier ´10 (Dover, N.H/Bridgton Academy), a strong core of skilled returning players are poised to lead a talented group of newcomers in the upcoming campaign. In addition to co-hosting the first Citizens Bank Camel/Cadet Classic with the United States Coast Guard Academy and opening the season in the Keene State Noyes Volkswagon Tip-Off Tournament hosted by Keene State College, the slate of powerful NESCAC opponents sits between Connecticut College and their goal of returning to the NCAA Tournament in 2011.
Bernier was one of the top performers in program history. A 6´1" sharp-shooter, Bernier closed out his career ranked 10th on the Camels' all-time scoring list with 1,187 points while also contributing 343 rebounds, 220 assists and 154 steals. As a senior, Bernier led the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) in steals with 2.13 per game and finished second in free throw percentage (.875) and three-pointers made per game (2.83). A 2010 2nd team All-NESCAC honoree and 2010 New England Basketball Coaches Association All-Star, Bernier holds the school record for made three-pointers in a career (203). The previous record was held by Dwayne Stallings ´99 who was co-captain of the Camels 1999 Final Four team.
This loss aside, the Camels return three experienced and proven talents to the court. Brian Mahoney ´12 (Quincy, Mass./Boston College HS), the team captain, emerged as the team´s most reliable ball handler last season, posting just under a 2 to 1 assist to turnover ratio. Mahoney also proved himself to be a legitimate three-point threat as sophomore converting 44% of his attempts from behind the arc.
Also returning is Demetrius Porter ´12 (Virginia Beach, Va./Salisbury School), the 2009 NESCAC Rookie of the Year and the team´s leading returning scorer. Porter, an explosive finisher and shot blocker, has scored 697 points through his first two seasons.
Rob Harrigan ´13, a 6´4" marksman from Milford, Conn., had an outstanding freshmen season. Harrigan, who played both the forward and guard positions as a freshman, converted 41% of his three point field goals including a game winning buzzer beater from behind the arc against league rival Tufts.
Rounding out the list of returnees are Boris Jeremic ´13 (Rijeka, Croatia/Masters School), Bobby Bellotti ´12 (Winchester, Mass./Winchester HS) and Dylan Henry ´13 (Brooklyn, N.Y./Bishop Ford HS).
The Camels also have added nine newcomers to the program. The new players are: Jethro Anilus ´14 (Stamford, Conn./Stamford HS), Pete Banos ´14 (Trumbull, Conn./U.S. Naval Academy), John Bullitt ´14 (Brookline, Mass./The Rivers School), Marc Guirand ´14 (Stamford, Conn./Stamford HS), Taylor Hanson ´14 (St. Paul, Minn./Minnehaha Academy), Mason Lopez ´14 (Edgewater, N.J./Hebron School), Tyrone Turner ´14 (New York, N.Y./Manhattan Center HS) and Matt Vadas ´14 (Spring Lake Heights, N.J./Manasquan HS).
October 14, 2010