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10 area college basketball players to watch this season

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    Carly Johnson
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    Justyn Lacy
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    Mike Alert
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    Paige Neimeyer
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    Joe Werner
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    Hayley Jones
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    Russ Beck
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    Justin Worth
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    Kimedrick Murphy
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November 9, 2018 12:46 am

Carly Johnson, Senior

College: Hartwick College

High School: Greenville

Next Game: Nov. 9 v. Union College

Carly Johnson enters her senior season at Hartwick College with a program record in reach. Johnson is known as a pure sharpshooter that started her freshman season at Hartwick by knocking down a team-high 29 three-pointers in 24 games played. As a sophomore, Johnson played in 25 games — starting 23 — and averaged 11.5 points per game while tying the school record for 3-pointers made in a season with 55.

Last season, Johnson led the Lady Hawks in scoring (16.3 points), field goals made (138), 3-pointers made (49), 3-point percentage (36 percent), and blocked shots (18). She led the Empire 8 in free-throw percentage (87 percent), which was also best for 19th in the country. She was recognized as a 2018 Empire 8 Second Team All-Star.

Heading into her senior campaign, Johnson has 813 points and is just 187 shy of 1,000. She also has 133 career 3-pointers made — currently best for third all-time — and is just 33 away from the record of 166. In her career, Johnson is averaging 11.1 points per game.

Tanisha Edge, Junior

College: Sage College

High School: Saugerties / Columbia-Greene CC

Next Game: Nov. 16 v. Rowan College

Tanisha Edge was, in large part, the catalyst that helped build the Columbia-Greene Community College women’s basketball program from a nonexistent entity into a playoff contender.

After graduating, Edge transferred to Sage College, where she will be suiting up at guard for the Lady Gators as a junior. As a freshman at C-GCC, the 5-foot-7 guard from Saugerties averaged 24.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.4 steals per game. She was named Mountain Valley Conference Player of the Year and First Team All-Region III.

Edge managed to best her freshman season, leading the Lady Twins to a 25-4 record and Region III championship appearance as a sophomore. She finished the season averaging 22.7 points, 6.7 assists, 5.6 rebounds and 4.8 steals. She was named Mountain Valley Conference Player of the Year, NJCAA Region III Player of the Year, an NJCAA Second Team All-American and First Team All-Region III.

Edge finished her career as a Lady Twin scoring 1,206 points and burying 182 triples.

Joe Werner, Sophomore

College: SUNY Canton

High School: Ichabod Crane

Next Game: Nov. 10 v. Morrisville State

The 6-foot-6 forward with the silky smooth mid-range jumper has adjusted nicely to basketball at the collegiate level. Werner took his talents to SUNY Canton and started 22 games for the Kangaros as a freshman.

In his final year at Ichabod Crane, Werner averaged 14.9 points per game. In his first season with the Kangaroos, the former Rider picked up 6.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game as a freshman. Werner shot 54 percent from the field, which led the team.

Heading into his sophomore season, Werner has been named one of the captains of the team.

Russell Beck, Freshman

College: Dean College

High School: Taconic Hills

Next Game: Nov. 15 at Emmanuel College

Taconic Hills’ Russ Beck did everything for the Titans in his senior season, leading the team in scoring with more than 20 points per game. Beck became the school’s all-time leading scorer, led the team to a sectional berth and won Patroon Conference MVP in 2017-18.

Now the 6-foot-3 stretch forward will face a new challenge suiting up for Division III Dean College. The Bulldogs have him listed as a guard, and currently the team has 17 guards on its roster. However, given his ability to bang down low and kick his game out to the perimeter, Beck will become an asset to Dean as a stretch player.

Mike Alert, Sophomore

College: Columbia-Greene Community College

High School: Hudson

Next Game: Nov. 11 v. Schenectady County CC

A former Hudson High captain and 2017 Patroon Conference MVP, Mike Alert has returned home after a quick pitstop at Utica College last year. In his last season for Hudson, Alert averaged 16.7 points per game, knocked down 130 field goals and buried 27 three pointers.

Alert and the Twins have already started their season. Against College of St. Joseph, in the first round of the Goldberg Classic, Alert scored 14 points and knocked down three treys. In the championship game against Orange County Community College, he added three points in helping the Twins win the title.

Justyn Lacy, Freshman

College: Southern New Hampshire University

High School: Catskill / St. Thomas More Prep

Next Game: Nov. 10 v. NYIT

After two years at St. Thomas More Prep School, former Catskill High product Justyn Lacy is preparing for his freshman season at Division II Southern New Hampshire University.

In his last season at Catskill, Lacy dominated the Patroon Conference, averaging 23.2 points, 10.7 rebounds and 4.8 assists. Lacy knocked down 146 field goals and 36 3-pointers to earn Patroon MVP honors as a junior.

After that season, Lacy decided to transfer to St. Thomas More in Connecticut where he played for the last two seasons.

Paige Niemeyer, Junior

College: SUNY New Paltz

High School: Ichabod Crane

Next Game: Nov. 9 v. RIT

The former Ichabod Crane High forward is entering her junior season at SUNY New Paltz and expects to see to floor plenty this season after starting in 17 games as a sophomore.

As a freshman, Niemeyer appeared in 29 games — starting 19 — and averaged 6.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists. She also added eight blocks and 40 steals.

In her sophomore season, she opened the year scoring a season-high 21 points against Westfield State and won the Westfield State Tournament MVP award. Niemeyer finished the season averaging 7.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. She also led the team in blocks with 15, averaging nearly one per game.

Kimedrick Murphy, Sophomore

College: Utica College

High School: Hudson

Next Game: Nov. 16 v. RPI

After appearing in only three games last season with Utica College, former Hudson High big man Kimedrick Murphy looks to make a big splash for the Pioneers.

Murphy was a dominant force for Hudson as a junior and senior. As a junior he was named a first-team Patroon Conference All-Star after averaging nearly 15 points per game and was the catalyst to the team reaching the New York state Class B Final Four. As a senior he averaged just 9.4 points per game and was named a second team Patroon All-Star.

Murphy’s first season at Utica didn’t go to plan, appearing in just three contests and scoring four points. He also grabbed 10 rebounds.

Justin Worth, Freshman

College: Utica College

High School: Catskill

Next Game: Nov. 16 v. RPI

The 6-foot-6 center dominated for the Catskill Cats the past two seasons and now suits up at Utica College.

As a junior, Worth was the second-best center in the Patroon Conference behind fellow Utica teammate Kimedrick Murphy. He averaged 14.9 points per game and was named a second-team Patroon Conference All-Star.

However, Worth drastically improved his game ahead of his senior season.

As a senior, Worth was on a Patroon MVP trajectory and was the catalyst to Catskill winning the conference title. He averaged 17.2 points per game and was named a First Team All-Star.

The freshman from Catskill will be battling for playing time this season, but his diverse skillset of being able to battle down low and shoot the longball should bode well for him.

Hayley Jones, Sophomore

College: Hudson Valley CC

High School: Catskill

Next Game: Nov. 10 at Herkimer

Catskill product Hayley Jones was one of the best players on the Hudson Valley Community College women’s basketball team last season and looks to continue that trend as a sophomore.

Jones scored 186 points and pulled down 146 rebounds in 26 games played for the Lady Vikings last season, helping the team go 18-10 and reach the Region III Sub-Regionals. She also picked up 14 steals and 14 blocks during the campaign.

Hudson Valley is off to a fast start this season, going 2-0 early this month. Jones started both games and scored 16 points in a 96-13 win over Rockland Community College and 14 points in a 85-44 victory over Cayuga CC. She also had nine rebounds, two steals and two assists in the two contests.