From award-winning performers to role players, from Division I to Division III, JB Hoops Alumni played many different roles across all levels of college basketball in the 2019-20 season.
Below, we take one final recap of the season in college basketball for the alumni of the AAU program out of Backcourt Hoops in Scranton. Included in some cases are links to earlier blog posts that featured the end-of-season accomplishments of a few of the most successful players.
BOBBY PLANUTIS, St. Bonaventure, NCAA Division I
Planutis found a home after transferring from one National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I program to another.
The redshirt sophomore forward from Hazleton Area made the move from Mount St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg, Md. to St. Bonaventure in Olean, N.Y. where he was part of a team that was 19-12 and preparing for its Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament opener when the coronavirus pandemic ended the season.
Planutis played in all 31 games, making 3 starts for the Bonnies. After sitting out a season under NCAA transfer rules, Planutis averaged 5.4 points and 4.2 rebounds in 20.7 minutes per game.
LEO O’BOYLE, Lafayette, NCAA Division I
O’Boyle was a Patriot League all-rookie team selection as Lafayette College won 19 games.
Colgate knocked Lafayette out of the Patriot League Tournament in the semifinals, ending a stretch in which O’Boyle averaged 11.2 points over the team’s final 13 games, including 12 starts.
For more about the freshman forward from Scranton Prep, see: https://www.backcourthoops.com/2020/03/patriot-league-honors-oboyle/.
GEORGE TINSLEY, Binghamton, NCAA Division I
Tinsley was named America East Conference Rookie of the Year during a season in which the Abington Heights graduate ranked second nationally in playing time (38:23 per game).
The 6-6 forward had five double-doubles while playing for the Bearcats (10-19). He led conference freshmen with 11.6 points per game and was second in the entire conference in rebounds with 7.4.
For more about Tinsley, see: https://www.backcourthoops.com/2020/03/tinsley-named-conference-rookie-of-the-year/.
JOSH SAMEC, West Chester, NCAA Division II
Samec started all 30 games and finished third in points and rebounds for West Chester, which went 20-10.
The 6-foot-7 sophomore forward from Hazleton Area averaged 9.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.6 blocked shots for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference quarterfinalists.
Samec shot a team-best 82.4 percent from the line and was second on the team in 3-point percentage at 41.5 along with finishing third on the team in 3-pointers made with 51.
IAN LANGENDOERFER, West Chester, NCAA Division II
Langendoerfer, who had played at Division I Loyola of Maryland earlier in his college career, made one appearance for the Golden Rams early in the season.
The 6-6 senior forward played five minutes and was 1-for-2 on 3-pointers for three points.
PADDY CASEY, University of the Sciences, NCAA Division II
Casey started 21 of the 26 games as the Philadelphia school struggled through a 6-20 season.
The 6-1 junior guard from Scranton Prep has 836 career points through 80 games. He has made 122 career 3-pointers.
Casey averaged 7.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists. He shot 36.9 percent from the floor, 35.2 percent on 3-pointers and 63.2 percent on free throws.
SETH MAXWELL, Indiana Wesleyan, NAIA Division II
Maxwell was getting ready to begin the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletic Division II Tournament with Indiana Wesleyan 29-4 and ranked second nationally at the time the season ended.
The 7-foot sophomore center from Abington Heights was the Crossroads League Defensive Player of the Year after leading the league with 87 blocked shots.
For more about Maxwell, who averaged 17.0 points and 7.1 rebounds, see: https://www.backcourthoops.com/2020/04/seth-maxwell-lands-defensive-award/.
WES SIMONS, Susquehanna, NCAA Division III
Simons shot 53.0 percent from the floor while helping Susquehanna University win the Landmark Conference championship and reach the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.
The 6-5 sophomore center from Scranton Prep averaged 6.0 points and 2.2 rebounds in 13.7 minutes while coming off the bench in 23 games for the River Hawks. He finished the season with 13 assists, 8 steals and 7 blocked shots while shooting 50 percent from the line.
Simons went 8-for-9 while scoring a season-high 16 points in 16 minutes in a late-season game at Catholic University.
Susquehanna went 11-3 in the Landmark and 21-8 overall. It defeated the University of Scranton, 86-69, for the Landmark Conference title and beat Benedictine (Ill.), 64-59, to open the NCAA Tournament before falling to ninth-ranked Wittenberg, 77-73.
Simons had 5 points in 11 minutes in the Wittenberg game.
LOGAN BAILEY, Scranton, NCAA Division III
Bailey led the Landmark Conference by hitting 60.0 percent from the floor while repeating first-team conference all-star honors for the Royals (19-10).
The 6-4 redshirt sophomore guard from Scranton Prep averaged 15.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists. He scored 51 points in 2 conference playoff games.
JACKSON DANZIG, Scranton, NCAA Division III
Danzig averaged 11.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists for the team coached by his father, Carl.
The 6-5 sophomore from Abington Heights shot 44.3 percent from the floor, 37.9 percent from the line and 81.3 percent from the foul line.
NATE KREITZER, Misericordia, NCAA Division III
Kreitzer was named Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom Rookie of the Year.
The 5-8 freshman guard from Nanticoke led the MAC Freedom with 1.9 steals per game. He averaged 10.9 points and 3.1 assists.
For more about Kreitzer, see: https://www.backcourthoops.com/2020/03/kreitzer-honored-as-top-rookie/.
GREG ECK, Moravian, NCAA Division III
After missing his freshman year because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament, Eck made his college debut at Moravian.
The 6-foot guard from East Stroudsburg South played in 22 games and made 13 starts for Moravian, which made the Landmark playoffs to cap a 14-12 season.
Eck averaged 10.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 0.6 steals.