OBW America East All-Defensive Team
Gary Johnson and Josh Elbaum were incredibly tough omits from this list.
Jordan Bronner, Sr., G, New Hampshire
UNH head coach Bill Herrion called Bronner one of the best back court defenders he has seen in his career – strong praise considering the coach’s career. Generously listed at 6-feet, Bronner has been relentless, almost single-handedly turning the clock back on to the program’s glory years on the defensive end.
Dave Coley, Sr., G, Stony Brook
Since day one four years ago, the 6’2” bundle of energy has been a lock-down, game-changing perimeter defender, blanketing the opponent’s best back-court scorer.
Brian Voelkel, Sr., F, Vermont
What can you say about Voelkel? He might not be able to outrun a broken down city bus or jump over a park bench, but he is relentless and has a Good Will Hunting-esque Basketball IQ and unparallel understanding of angles, numbers and defensive positioning. He’s also as strong as an ox and un-matched when it comes to bodying up, beating down, and scaring the bejesus out of opponents.
Kerry Weldon, Sr., F, UMass Lowell
UMass Lowell was a shockingly solid defensive team this season – downright outstanding defending against the three – and Weldon was the team’s best defender. The 6’5” senior blocked shots, ripped down defensive boards and clogged up the paint, but also did a terrific job at both the top and bottom of the 1-3-1 zone.
Corban Wroe, Jr., G, Hartford
If you took Brian Voelkel, shrunk him down about four inches, gave him some hops and an Australian accent, you’d have someone similar to Wroe on the defensive end. The junior guard from the land down under is a relentless on-ball defender who gets under opponents’ skin while blanketing them on D.
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