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CAA Under The Radar: Northeastern Forward Quincy Ford

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Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

An All-CAA Rookie Team selection last season, Northeastern forward Quincy Ford is known by those who follow CAA basketball religiously.  But, for those who don’t, let’s take a a look at what makes Ford such a unique talent in the Colonial.

At 6-8, 212, Ford has a long and lean frame perfect for the wing positions.  He can play both the 2-guard as well as the 3-forward.  Not an outstanding athlete, Ford utilizes his great size on the perimeter to cause fits for the opposition on both sides of the floor.  Only a freshman last season, he finished third on the team in scoring with 11.5 points per game shooting nearly 44 percent from the field.  Ford led the Huskies in both blocks and steals.

“He’s got tremendous upside,” Northeastern head coach Bill Coen told Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports in regards to Ford.   “At 6-8, he can shoot the ball with range, can play above the rim, can guard just about every position and he’s got the length, quickness and athleticism.  He’s going to be fun to watch.”

Ford’s favorite player is Oklahoma City Thunder All-NBA forward Kevin Durant.  Much like Durant, Ford imposes his length on the perimeter like very few can at the mid-major level.  He doesn’t quite possess the outside shooting prowess of Durant yet–shooting 32 percent from the 3-point line–but his ability to drive into the lane and finish with touch is outstanding.  A lot of the plays he makes offensively look effortless, yet smooth.

On the defensive end, as coach Coen pointed out, Ford can guard multiple positions effectively.  Long arms and quick feet help him strap up a variety of perimeter positions and he has shown a knack for creating turnovers.  Ford finished fifth in the conference with 1.9 steals per contest.  He can also impact the game with his rebounding as his five boards per game average was second best for the Huskies last season.

Making that type of impact as a freshman in a tough conference is a phenomenal accomplishment.  If Ford can be more consistent with his outside shooting, the sky is the limit for the sophomore out of St. Petersburg, Fla.  Combine his talents to an already loaded backcourt, and the Huskies look to be in store for a great season.

CAA fans, make sure you keep an eye on what’s happening up in Beantown this fall.

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