Mid-Major Top 10: America East

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

America East has quite a few star players for the 2013-14 season including two sophomores who boast some incredible accomplishments for their first season in Division I basketball.

10. Yolonzo Moore II, Hartford Hawks, G

Moore may not be the star of the team like Nwakamma, but he's still essential to the team dynamic. Standing only 6'2" he's one of the smaller players for Hartford. Forgoing some height, he's quick and agile, which works well when teamed up with Mark Nwakamma. Moore played in all 31 games last season playing a team high average of 33.1 minutes per game. He averaged 9.2 points per game, giving him the second best in scoring. He's also the 10th in America East for assists.

9. Patrick Konan, New Hampshire Wildcats, F

Konan played 28 of their 29 games and started in 27. He is the second leader in points, scoring 329 throughout the season. He also took home three double-double's in the 2012-13 season. As a senior this year he's going to have to step it up a notch. UNH picked up quite a few freshman and they need someone to set the example of how Division I basketball is played. He averaged 11.8 points per game last year and is one of four seniors for the Wildcats.

8. Sandro Carissimo, Vermont Catamounts, G

The Catamounts have an impressive line up for this season. Carissimo's back as a key point in defense but also adds some . He scored a spot on the NABC Honors Court  as well as spot on the America East All-Academic Team for the second year in a row and made Third Team Honors. He proved how he can step it up when needed when he scored six straight points at the end of the Championship game against Albany to give them their first lead since the 8 minute mark.

7. Clancy Rugg, Vermont Catamounts F

Rugg's performance last season made him one of the top players for the Catamounts. He lead Vermont in scoring with an average of 11.4 points per game. He was bumped up to a starting role when Luke Apfeld was injured, but stayed on after his return. He also made the America East All-Conference Second Team. Vermont was picked to finish 1st in this year's America East preseason poll with good reason.

6. Chase Plummer, UMBC Retrievers, F

UMBC is another young team this year, having only four seniors, with Plummer as one of them, he's going to need to step it up if the Retrievers want to do better than their predicted 6th place in the preseason poll. Plummer was picked for the America East Second Team. He's the eleventh in scoring (11.8) and seventh in rebounds (6.4). He's also the only current player to hit the 1,000 point mark.

5. David Coley, Stony Brook Seawolves, G

Coley has the stats on his side. He started 32 of the 33 games last year resulting in being the first in free throws made (90), second on the team in points (366), and third in rebounds (140). He's also the first on this list to have been named preseason All-America East. He's proven he can be counted on, scoring a game-high 20 points against UMass in the NIT first round, giving them the program's first ever postseason victory. Hopefully his 11.1 points per game will improve and possibly help lead Stony Brook to an NCAA appearance.

4. Mark Nwakamma, Hartford Hawks, F

Nwakamma has no doubt become the star for the Hawks. He averages 14.7 points per game is fifth in America East for scoring, eighth in steals, ninth in blocks, and fourteenth in rebounding. He also was named preseason All-America East as well as scoring a spot on the All-Conference First Team for last season. He came out big last season, almost doubling his overall points from his freshman year. He has the most points on the team and is only 261 shy of 1,000, and judging by his last two seasons, he's going to break 1,000 by the middle of the season.

3. Brian Voelkel, Vermont Catamounts, F

Voelkel may not be the highest scorer for Vermont, but he's more than essential to the team. He was named to the All-Conference preseason, as well as the All-Conference First Team and All-Defense Team for last season. He's ranked second in America East for rebounds (8.6), assists (49) and assists/turnover ratio (2.2) as well as tenth in steals. He also became the first Catamount since Grant Anderson (2003) to score a triple double. Vermont was picked to finish first in the preseason poll. If Voelkel, Carissimo and Rugg have runs like last season, there's a chance they will prove it right.

2. Jameel Warney, Stony Brook Seawolves, F

Warney is one of two sophomore to make the list, both boasting incredibly records for their first year. It was almost impossible to watch a game last season without hearing about Warney or Brenton. With Brenton now playing overseas for Japan, it's up to Warney to help bring the Seawolves to their first NCAA appearance. Warney was named preseason All-America East, as well as named Rookie of the Year last year, made Second Team All-League and All-Defense. He led the team in points (408), field goal percentage (.618) and blocks (48), and second on the team for rebounds. His field goal percentage is the fifth best in the country. Going into his second season he has a lot to live up to.

1. Jordan Reed, Binghamton Bearcats, G

Reed is the other sophomore on the list.  He started 26 of 28 games last season resulting in an average 16.6 points per game and 9.5 rebounds per game. He was named a Mid-Major Freshman All-American by Collegeinsider.com and America East Rookie of the Year by College Sports Madness and College Hoops Daily. He led the conference in scoring and rebounding, the only freshman in conference history to do so. He's also twenty-first in the nation in double-doubles and twenty seventh in rebounding. He's also the only player 6'4" or smaller to appear on the nation's top 100 for rebounds. He also broke the school's single-game rebound record with 18 as well as the season rebound mark with 266. Binghamton came in seventh in the America East preseason poll, but if Reed can step it up even more, there's a chance the Bearcats could see more wins than losses this season.

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