OBW Preseason America East All-Defensive Team
Mike Allison, Maine, Sr., F/C, 6’9” 210: Allison led the America East in blocked shots last season, averaging 2.2 per game. The league hasn’t had a true shot blocker since the Shawn James/Nick Billings/Justin Rowe days, but Allison is about as close as we have seen since. Allison is long, bouncy, and has good timing and instincts, and will spend the season covering the opposition’s best interior scorer.
Tommy Brenton, Stony Brook R-Sr., F, 6’5” 225: Brenton is the reigning conference Defensive Player of the Year (being selected DPOY by both the coaches and OBW). Brenton is big, athletic, and super-physical, and covers the opponent’s best offensive player no matter whether they play on the perimeter or in the post. He ranked among the league leaders in steals and defensive rebounds, and is an all-around tornado on D. After playing last season below 100 percent while recovering from a severe knee injury that required multiple surgeries, Brenton could be even better this year.
Chandler Rhoads, New Hampshire, Sr., G/F, 6’4” 195: Rhoads is a big, physical, feisty guard who plays with consistent energy and will guard the opposition’s best back-court scorer. Rhoads plays with a motor that is second to none and leaves everything he has on the court. He is the linchpin and best defensive player for one of the league’s best defensive teams.
Brett Roseboro, UMBC, R-Jr., C, 6’10” 240: Roseboro has all the tools to make a big impact around the hoop on defense. He has length and great leaping ability for a big man, and has the talent to be a true shot-blocker while also dominating the defensive glass.
Brian Voelkel, Vermont, Jr., 6’6” 230: Voelkel was the anchor of the Catamounts’ defense last season, and arguably the league’s most improved defender. He owns the defensive glass, leading the league in defensive boards, and also disrupts the passing game, using great court vision and quick hands to pick off passes and pick pockets. He’s physical, and may be the best help-defender in the league.