Sam Perkins has long been a recurring guest and America East men’s basketball insider on the Downtown with Rich Kimball show, hosted on ESPN 92.9 FM The Ticket in Maine. Following the latest exodus in Orono — the departures of four players; the team’s leading scorer, dynamic playmaker and rising-senior Xavier Pollard; the top athlete and third-leading scorer in rising junior Dimitry Akanda-Coronel; top-assist man and 6’5″ sophomore point guard Shaun Lawton; and Maine native and recruited walk-on Mitch Worcester — Perkins returned to the Maine airwaves during the 5 p.m. rush hour on Friday, April 11, to discuss the continued downward trajectory of Black Bears men’s basketball.
Perkins pulled no punches in his blunt assessment: The program has become the worst in the league and an embarrassment, it falls squarely on the shoulders of head coach Ted Woodward and it is time (and has been time for several years now) for a change at the top of the program.
Give it a listen:
Among Perkins’ talking points:
-The notion that Maine simply can not recruit and does not have the talent to compete in the America East is complete bunk: in recent years, Maine has fielded America East All-Conference players Troy Barnies (1st Team), Gerald McLemore (All-League honors in all four years at Maine); Alasdair Fraser (All-Conference honors all three years at the program); Justin Edwards (All-Conference honors both years in Maine); Murphy Burnatowski (an All-Rookie selection at Maine and two time Patriot League All-Conference Second Team selection after transferring to Colgate); Pollard (America East Third Team All-Conference selection this past year); along with the high flying Akanda-Coronel and very talented players like Mike Allison and a host of international players. (more…)