Sometimes taking a step back and returning to your comfort zone is the best decision you can make. Molloy’s standout basketball player Kelly Guerriero claims that was precisely the case with her.
“It was just too crazy,” said the Floral Park native in regards to her two-year tenure at Division-I Mount St. Mary’s in Maryland. “I am a very family-oriented person, and being four hours away meant I barely came home. I came home for only two days for Christmas break,” she added. It was at that time she made the choice to come back to Long Island and play for Division-II Molloy, virtually around the corner.
Every basketball player has a niche, or a reason they are on the team, but the measure of a truly valuable player is their versatility. The more that a player can bring to the table, the more of an impact they will have on the team. An easy way to quantify that is through double-doubles. DeAndra Scott, senior forward at Old Westbury, has made her impact felt in the Skyline Conference through the consistency of her double-doubles.
Scott was recently named Player of the Week for the Skyline Conference, but really made a name for herself last season when she collected a bevy of accolades, including Skyline Conference Player of the Year and All-ECAC Metro Region First Team. She averaged 18.5 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. It is no small accomplishment to average a double-double for a season, something only a handful of NBA players can do. Scott followed that up with a tremendous 2013-’14 season in which she is averaging 22 points and 11.2 rebounds per game. The ever humble athlete is not satisfied with individual accomplishments.
Last year, Dowling’s women’s basketball team came up one game short of being crowned National Champions. This year, the leader of the men’s team, Darien Davis, is looking to follow suit.
“That’s definitely what we’re shooting for,” said the junior from Middle Island. “The goal is the win the ECC (East Coast Conference), then the regional and possible the National Championship.
When you finish your high school career as the leading scorer in the history of the program, you have accomplished a lot as a basketball player. Once the individual accolades lose their luster, however, winning is the only priority. Any great player will agree, as does Shannon Duer of NYIT.
“I’m focusing on making the playoffs,” said the freshman standout performer at NYIT who was just named ECC Rookie of the Week. “That would be awesome,” she added.
In this Sportscenter Era in which every athlete wants to become the next LeBron James or Kobe Bryant, it is refreshing to hear a player attempt to carve her own path. The leading scorer on No. 13-ranked Adelphi Panthers basketball is content being the best Jessica Kitrys she can be.
“I never really had a favorite athlete growing up,” said the senior from Parlin, NJ. “I just have a favorite team,” she added. That team-first mentality has enabled her to lead the Adelphi Panthers to a 12-1 start to the season which garnered national recognition in the latest coaches poll. They peaked at No. 13 with only one team in the NE-10 ranked higher, and that is Bentley University which also began 12-0.
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