OBW America East men’s basketball Player of the Year
Jameel Warney, Jr., C, Stony Brook
When you look at Jameel Warney as his own man and his own player, and stop trying to hold him up to the lofty standards of the greatest America East players of all time, or the curse of how dominant he “should be” because of his “talent,” it becomes impossible to ignore just how amazing Warney is.
Yep, Stony Brook didn’t live up to preseason expectations, but you know who did: Warney, who led the league in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots both overall and in conference play, and led the entire nation in double-doubles, all while drawing double, triple and quadruple teams every night. The 6’8” 260 pound monster was completely and totally unstoppable when he got the ball on the blocks, averaging 16.3 points and 11.4 rebounds on the season, and also turned into a game-changing defender on the other end (2.4 blocks per game). But perhaps the most underrated part of his game was the big man’s deft passing touch, as the bruising junior was equally adept at passing out of swarming defenses as he was to drawing them.
Sam Rowley for Albany had a brilliant senior season, and certainly was a worthy candidate, and if you took him off Albany the Great Danes would have struggled, ditto for Vermont shooting guard Dre Wills. But if you took Warney off Stony Brook, the Seawolves would have been duking it out with the likes of Binghamton to stay out of the AE bottom three.