Chase Plummer Selected to America East Preseason All-Conference Team
Albany, N.Y.-UMBC junior forward Chase Plummer (Plainfield, N.J./St. Patrick) was selected to the America East Preseason All-Conference team in a vote of the league’s head coaches. The conference unveiled the six-man squad as part of its America East Basketball Media Luncheon on Tuesday, Oct. 23, which was held at University at Albany’s SEFCU Arena, the site of the 2013 America East Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship.
Also named to the team were Stony Brook SR F Tommy Brenton, Albany SR G Mike Black, Vermont JR F Brian Voelkel, Maine JR F Alasdair Fraser and Boston U. JR G D.J. Irving.
Plummer was selected to the 2011-12 America East Second Team after a tremendous sophomore campaign. The 6’6”, 230-lb.power forward was the only player in America East to be ranked in the top five in scoring and rebounding in 2011-12. Only nine players have finished in the top five in both categories in America East in the last 14 years, including UMBC’s Darryl Proctor, who accomplished the feat in 2008-09.
He finished fourth in America East in scoring (15.4), fifth in rebounding (7.5) and fifth (tied) in steals (1.4). Plummer became just the fourth sophomore in school history to score 400 points in a season and his 446 points was one shy (447, Peter Mulligan, 2001-02) of a school sophomore record.
Moreover, the second-year team captain finished third in league games in scoring at 16.7 ppg. His 119 free throws made in 2011-12 are now sixth in UMBC’s Division I era, while the 180 attempted is third on that all-time list.
UMBC was selected to finish eighth in the league in a poll voted upon by the league’s head coaches. The defending league champion Vermont Catamounts were picked to repeat, as they received five of eight possible first-place votes (coaches were not allowed to vote for their team) and 60 points, followed by last year’s runner-up and regular-season champion Stony Brook University, which received the other four first-place votes and 58 points. Plummer and senior guard Ryan Cook (Laurel, Md./Pallotti/Chestnut Hill) were both named to the College Sports Madness America East Preseason Second Team. In his first season with UMBC in 2011-12, Cook averaged 12.5 points per game, the 13th-best figure in the conference. Hit 85.7 percent (72-of-84) from the free throw line in 2011-12 was the fifth-best single season mark in UMBC history and was fifth in the league.
Plummer and senior guard Ryan Cook (Laurel, Md./Pallotti/Chestnut Hill) were both named to the College Sports Madness America East Preseason Second Team. In his first season with UMBC in 2011-12, Cook averaged 12.5 points per game, the 13th-best figure in the conference. Hit 85.7 percent (72-of-84) from the free throw line in 2011-12 was the fifth-best single season mark in UMBC history and was fifth in the league.
Boston University came in third with 49 points, followed by Albany in fourth with 38 points and University of Maine in fifth with 35 points. University of New Hampshire (24 points) was next followed by University of Hartford (26), UMBC (15) and Binghamton University (9).
UMBC opens the 2012-13 season on Friday evening, Nov. 9 when they take on Penn in Philadelphia.