Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Preseason TGR College Basketball All Americans

About six years ago I went to a jammed packed arena to watch my first ever Midnight Madness. Big Universities, like Illinois, have a huge event marking the "first" time basketball teams can begin practicing. Usually it contains some funny/motivational speeches, a scrimmage, and a dunk contest. I got to see Luther Head literally fly in the air, put the ball through his legs, and dunk it. October 16th 2009 teams held this seasons midnight madness. Many of those players participating were Jewish. So to kick off the College Basketball season we here at TGR are giving you 2009/10 Jewish College Basketball All Americans. Please note that some of these players might only have one Jewish parent (father or mother).

TGR 2009 First Team All American (*Projected TGR Player of the Year):
* Jon Scheyer - G - Duke - Senior: He is clearly at the top of this list. Scheyer will be a senior for the Duke Blue Devils, the best program in the country. Last season he averaged 14.9ppg, 2.8 apg, and 3.6rpg. Every college basketball fan in the country knows about Scheyer and his deadly range. When you play almost 33 minutes per game for Mike Krzyzewski you are most likely going to make every list in the country. Expect big things from #30. He is the front-runner for TGR's College basketball player of the year.

Bryan Cohen - G - Bucknell - Junior: In 2005 Bucknell upset Kansas in the NCAA Tournament. Since then people love Bucknell because they bring that upset feeling every game. As a sophomore Cohen will be  a big part of the team having averaged 11.8 points per game last season.


Dane Diliegro - C - New Hampshire - Senior: The only Jewish player in the country with the rebounding skills he has. He pulled down 6.9rpg while scoring 5.7ppg. He played over 24 minutes per game last season and should see at least that much time this season. He is a big man 6'8 240lbs. with a big game.

Derek Glasser - G - Arizona State - Senior: After Scheyer the list begins with Glasser, which is not such a bad thing. Glasser averaged almost 9 points and 5 assists for the Sun Devils last year. And this year with James Harden in the NBA, expect bigger numbers and more playing time for Glasser.

Brett Harvey - G - Loyola (Md.) - Senior: While his role on the team changes from starter to 6th man he still was second on the team in scoring with 12.4 ppg. We also led the country in free throw percentage at 91%. He needs 104 more points to reach 1000 for his career. 

Zach Rosen - G - Penn - Junior: He is smart and he can ball. Putting up what would be a solid fantasy line with 8ppg, 5apg, and over 3rpg, Rosen should have another solid season. He was the Ivy League assists leader and 2009 Big 5 Rookie of the Year. Penn is usually one of the best Ivy League teams and Rosen will be a big piece of their puzzle.

Honorable Mentions:
Eitan Chemerinski - PF - Cornell - Freshman
Jake Cohen - F - Davidson -  Freshman

Charles Dewhurst - G - UNC Charlotte - Junior

David Fine - G - Binghamton - Senior

Ian Goldberg - G - Haverford - Sophomore
Robby Goldsmith - C - North Georgia - Freshman
Steve Gruber - G -Brown - Senior  
Jared Mintz - F - Lafayette - Junior

Steven Pearl - G- Tennessee -  Junior 
Alex Rubin - G -  Illinois State - Junior

Yaniv Simpson - G - Monmouth - Senior
Nimrod Tishman - G - Florida - Freshman
Jordan Weiner - G - UCSB - Junior

There are also several non D1 one players we would like you to know about. This list is headed by David Liss. Liss transferred from California to play at Pomona College. He was named All-League last year as a Junior.

Other Non D1 Players To Watch:
Steven Bader - F - Baruch 
Andrew Farber Miller- F -John Hopkins 
Noah Gottlieb - G - Chaminade 
Jon Greenberg,  - C - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts 
Martin Leibovich - F - Yeshiva 
Jordan Marcus - G - Ithaca

There are also a good number of Jewish female players to look out for. Below are just a few: 
Julie Becker - G - Penn

Ariel Feinstein- G/F - Clark - Sophomore
Marisa Gobuty - G - Syracuse (may not play this season)

Rosalyn Gold-Onwude - G - Stanford

Yoyo Greenfield  - G - Yale 
Sarah Meisenberg - G - Franklin and Marshall 
Aly Hinton - F - Boston 

Naama Shafir - G - Toledo
Niki Williams - G -  Hofstra

There are several players to be aware of that sound Jewish but I have confirmation that they are not. Tom Herzog of MSU and David Scheider of William and Mary are both NOT Jewish.

And Let Us Say...Amen.
-Jeremy Fine


  1. David Fine was kicked off Binghamton.

  2. Pretty neat that Scheyer and Jason Kipnis both went to Glenbrook North H.S.