Bobby Planutis showed off an accurate shooting touch, particularly late, in his freshman season at Mount St. Mary’s.
Planutis put together a spectacular shooting display late in the season. The Hazleton Area and JB Hoops alum shot 17-for-22 (77.3 percent) from the floor, 10-for-13 (76.9 percent) from 3-point range and 9-for-10 (90 percent) from the line over the final six games of the season.
The 6-foot-8 freshman guard spent a season at Bridgton Academy in Maine between graduation from Hazleton Area and enrolling at Mount St. Mary’s.
Planutis helped the Mountaineers finish second in the Northeast Conference in the regular season with a 12-6 record. They went 18-14 overall.
Planutis closed out the season by scoring in double figures in four of the last five games.
While played all 32 games, making 25 starts and averaging 23.7 minutes per game, Planutis averaged 5.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 0.7 assists. He shot 47.4 percent from the floor, 49.3 percent from 3-point range and 90 percent from the line.
Planutis was one of five JB Hoops alums to play National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I men’s basketball in the recently completed 2017-18 season.
Two each played at Binghamton University and Loyola University of Maryland in Baltimore.
Abington Heights graduate J.C. Show and Scranton Prep graduate Timmy Rose were junior guards at Binghamton, which got off to a fast start before struggling in the America East regular season.
Show was selected to the American East All-Academic Team. The Bucknell University transfer has a 3.88-grade point average in human development. Show led Binghamton in scoring and his 13.8 points per game ranked 12th in the conference. He finished second in the America East in 3-pointers made per game (2.5) and eighth in steals (1.3).
Both JB Hoops graduates played in every game of Binghamton’s 11-20 season with Show starting 29 and Rose, the team assist leader, starting 11. The Bearcats started 8-4, but lost 11 of their last 12 and finished 2-14 in conference play, missing the America East’s eight-team postseason tournament.
Show made a team-high 76 shots from 3-point range with the help of six games in which he made at least five. He averaged 3.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists while shooting 37.4 percent from the floor, 33.6 percent from 3-point range and 87.1 percent from the line.
Rose was hitting better than 50 percent from the floor more than half the season before struggling with his shot late. He averaged 4.6 points, 1.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. He finished at 43.0 percent from the floor, 38.5 percent on 3-pointers and 54.8 percent on foul shots.
James Fives and Ian Langendoerfer each had some health issues while playing for Loyola.
Fives started six of the first nine games before an injury knocked him out of the lineup.
The 6-6 junior guard, who played at Scranton Prep and The Hill School, averaged 5.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 0.6 assists in nine games. Fives shot 33.3 percent from the field, 36.0 percent from beyond the arc and 61.1 percent from the line.
Fives had started 30 of 33 games as a sophomore.
Langendoerfer, a 6-5 sophomore forward from Honesdale, appeared in 14 games, making 3 starts. He averaged 1.6 points, 1.5 rebounds and 0.5 assists in slightly less than 10 minutes per game. Langendoerfer shot 23.1 percent from the floor and 3-point range while hitting 77.8 percent from the line.
Loyola went 6-12 in the Patriot League and 9-22 overall.