The start official start of the NCAA basketball season is right around the corner. So it’s time to take a sneak peak at what the season holds for Global Squad alums.
|Before making any projections for the 2016-17 season we need to highlight and give a special shout-out to Global Squad alum, Marc Fabricius. Marc was once a top prospect coming out of Global Squad. In the summer of 2012 he dominated the AAU circuit.
Marc stood 6’7, featured a 6’9 wingspan, and could do it all on the basketball court. Marc was an elite defender who could guard every spot on the floor. He could handle the ball, slash to the rim, and shoot from long-range. Marc was a monster on the glass and his basketball IQ was off-the-charts. Simply put, he was no match for most high school players standing in his way. Marc gained interest from many D1 and D2 programs before he accepted a full ride to Gannon University.
Marc’s fortune quickly changed when he tore his ACL just two months before he was scheduled to join Gannon for the 2013 pre-season. This ACL tear was so severe that it kept him away from competitive basketball for nearly 2-years. It seemed likely Marc would never return to form, let alone get another shot to play college basketball in the U.S.
Marc never gave up on his dream and worked his way back to health. This spring Allan Hancock College decided to give Marc a chance to play. He will begin his freshmen season and make his collegiate basketball debut this week.
We could not be happier for this young man. He’s a very good basketball player but he’s an even better person. It’s been a long and agonizing 3-years. Marc’s work ethic and determination is an inspiration. He deserves every bit of success that comes his way.
|TEAMS WITH HIGH EXPECTATIONS
|Jenning Leung looks to build on his fantastic junior year when he helped lead McGill University to the RSEQ Championship and was named to the All-Conference 2nd Team. This season McGill is favored to defend their title and, after a brilliant pre-season, Jenning is a legit challenger to win the player of the year award.|
|Nasser Al-Rayes was an absolute monster in his sophomore season for Caltech. Nasser led the team in points, rebounds, blocks, and free-throw percentage. Nasser set several SCIAC records and was named to the All-Conference team. Caltech is one of the favorites to win the conference this year and Nasser is a preseason All-American.|
|Toby Christensen should be a solid contributor as a sophomore for Southern Connecticut State. Toby was a reliable long-range threat in 2015-16. He scored a career high 18 points on six 3-pointers vs Long Island University. Southern Connecticut comes into the season ranked #4 after a 22-8 record last year.|
|D’Ondre Stockman accepted a scholarship and transferred to Fairmont State University after two fantastic years playing for Marymount University. D’Ondre is expected to contribute immediately to a team projected to challenge for the NCAA D2 National Championship. Fairmont comes into the season ranked #25 after a 25-5 record last year.|
|JUNIORS TO WATCH
|Peter Moller played in all 30 games as a sophomore for Metro State University of Denver. He finished 2nd on the team in both points and assists. Metro State will lean on Peter to score and impact their run at a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championship.|
|Glen Yang, the Mt. Royal University point guard was one of the most improved players in all of college basketball last season. He went from being a “garbage time” player as a freshmen to a starter in his sophomore season. Last season Glen averaged 10.6 points, 2.8 assists, and 2.3 rebounds per game.|
|Nikola Maric began the 2015-16 season as a reliable contributor in the starting line-up for Culver-Stockton College. Unfortunately Nikola suffered a serious ankle injury in December that bothered him for the rest of the season. This year Nikola is projected to start and should be one of the top scorers and rebounders for Culver-Stockton.|
|Malekai Mischke, an International School of Beijing product, spent his first two years with Carleton College playing behind two elite guards. Now entering his junior year, the sharp-shooting Malekai looks to enter the regular rotation and make an impact.|
|SOPHOMORES TO WATCH
|Fred Brondsted was an absolute stud in his freshmen season for West Virginia Wesleyan. In November Fred shot 54% from the field and 50% from three. He followed that up by shooting 49% and 48% in December. Fred finished the season averaging 8.7 points, 2.8 rebounds, and led the team in 3-pointers made (63). Fred has laid the ground work for a monster career at WVWC.|
|Adam Heede-Andersen played 10 minutes per game in his freshmen season at St. Cloud State. Adam finished 1st on the team in assist to turnover ratio at nearly 3 to 1. He averaged better than one assist every five minutes. Adam also shot 55% from the field, 40% from long-range, and 72% from the free-throw line.|
|Brandon Rogers, as a freshmen for Marymount University tallied 19 rebounds, 13 points, and 9 assists. Brandon should challenge for consistent playing time in his sophomore season. Brandon is one of the best 3-point shooters to ever play for Global Squad and could really help spread the floor for Marymount in 2016-17.|
|FRESHMEN TO WATCH
|Julian Chan, the 5’9 point guard out of Hong Kong International School (HKIS) will begin his college career for Occidental College in just a few days. Julian is not projected to be in the rotation as a freshmen as he learns, develops, and plays behind several upperclassmen. Julian’s quickness and long-range shooting will be a valuable asset to Occidental in coming years.|
|Josh Green, the 6’1 combo guard out of American School of Doha (ASD) comes into UC Santa Cruz as one of their top recruits. Josh is projected to be an impact freshmen with a chance to contribute right away. Josh is one of the best athletes and scoring guards to ever play for both Global Squad and ASD.|
|Justice Nikkel, the 6’0 combo guard first joined the Global Squad from International Christian School in Hong Kong. He then transferred and graduated from Blair Academy in New Jersey. Justice begins his freshmen year at Sarah Lawrence College with a chance to earn playing time early on. Justice is a excellent shooter and on-ball defender.|
|Johannes Leth Nielsen, the 6’8 power forward out of Denmark is expected to challenge for a lot playing time in his freshmen season with Kennesaw State University. Johannes has already had an impressive pre-season, which is no surprise. Johannes is one of the best scorers, rebounders, and post defenders to ever play for Global Squad.|
|Clayton Le Sann, the 6’4 point guard out of Switzerland is projected to get major minutes as the backup point guard for Holy Cross University. Clayton already logged 22 minutes in his only pre-season game where he tallied 3 points and 3 rebounds. Clayton was an invaluable part of Global Squad, ranking 4th all-time in career assists.|
|Marcus Larsson, the 6’4 guard out of Sweden earned a preferred walk-on spot from Virginia Military Institute. Marcus is one of the hardest working players to ever play for Global Squad. While Marcus probably will not enter the regular rotation this season, he will develop and has a chance to be an impact player before long.|
|Carl Alenfall, the 6’4 combo guard joins Nova Southeastern University after leading Malmo Idrottsgymnasium to a Sweden National Championship. Carl joins the Nova roster as one of their top recruits and a potential impact freshmen. Carl’s size, athleticism, and basketball IQ were invaluable to Global Squad and this will carry over to his new team.|
|Nicklas Jonsson, Lander University is excited about adding the 6’4 combo guard to their roster. Nicklas has fantastic size and length at the point guard position. As a member of Global Squad he helped lead the team a 16-4 record. Nicklas will contend for playing time as a freshmen but is more of a long-term piece for Lander.|
|Magnus Bjornaa, the 6’4 small forward out of Denmark joins Potomac State College as one of their most anticipated roster additions. Magnus had a monster senior year averaging 21 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals for Stenhus Gymnasium. Magnus looks to impact a Potomac State team that a year ago went 22-5 and reached the NJCAA Regional Championship.|