Five Reasons Northeastern F Quincy Ford Will Have a Breakout Season
Quincy Ford: Breakout Potential
After a very successful debut season for the Northeastern Huskies, Quincy Ford has become a very popular choice for 2012-2013 “CAA Breakout Player of the Year”. The 6-8 Guard/Forward from St. Petersburg, Florida was one of head coach Bill Coen’s most lethal weapons during his freshman season last winter, averaging 11.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.9 steals per game.
Ford also shot 73.3 percent from the foul line, 32.4 percent from three-point range, 43.7 percent overall field goal percentage in 29.6 minutes per game in 2011-2012. He played in all 31 games for Northeastern and started in 20 of those contests. For his fantastic efforts and outstanding play, Ford was named to the All-CAA Rookie Team as well as the 2012 CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Freshmen All-America team.
Ford also ranked third on the team in scoring, second in rebounding, and led the team in both steals and blocks. Keep in mind, Ford accomplished all this, still a teenager, on a roster dominated by now-seniors Jonathan Lee and Joel Smith.
Before arriving in Boston, Ford played three years of varsity basketball at Gibbs High School. Name a captain during his senior year, Ford was named district Player of the Year and Suncoast Player of the Year in 2011. He also earned Florida Athletic Coaches Association Class 5A All-State team honors.
Now, let’s explore the 5 main reasons why Ford will have a breakout season this winter.Jake Fischer is the CAA Correspondent for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @fischsportsline.
Ford, standing at 6-8 and weighing 212 pounds, is a physical force on the wing. He has incredible length, quickness and athleticism which head coach Bill Coen has praised any many occasions. The sophomore’s favorite NBA team is the Oklahoma City Thunder, and his favorite player is Kevin Durant. It’s been said that Ford has practiced modeling his offensive game off that of Durant’s. If Ford can even scratch the surface of that goal, opposing teams of the CAA should look out for the Huskies over the next 3 seasons. Ford is a matchup nightmare for smaller guards and too quick for bigger forwards. If he can become the breakout star of the CAA this season, look for #12 to take advantage of his outstanding physical tools.
Last season, the Northeastern Huskies averaged 62.6 points as a team. Ford, as the team’s third leading scorer in 2011-2012, accounted for 18.3 percent of the team’s overall scoring as a freshman, even scoring in double-digits 19 times. Ford can shoot the ball with great range and accuracy, can drive to the rim effectively and finish with some of the best in the conference. Naturally, with one year under his belt, Ford should enter this winter with more confidence than last. With that, anyone who knows basketball knows shooting is just as much about confidence as it is about pure technique and shooting touch. Look for Ford to score anywhere from 14-18 points per game in his sophomore campaign.
This summer, the Huskies traveled across the border to take on some of the finest competition in Canada, ay! As the team impressively went out and earned an overall 6-1 record on their trip, Ford was definitely one of the players that shined brightly during the seven-game voyage. While appearing in 6 of the contests, Ford averaged 13.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. Impressively, Ford accomplished such great statistics while playing minimal minutes. He competed in only roughly 20 min per game this summer compared to his near 30 last winter. While he's playing heavier minutes this season, look for Ford to continue to excel based off his summer success.
While being successful at the high school level is no where near as difficult as being successful collegiately, Ford does have great previous success in his young basketball career. While starring for Gibbs High School, Ford led his team to two district titles, a regional title and an appearance in the State Finals’ final four as well. Simply put, winning is in his blood. But, what’s more important is that Ford has won big while being the man for Gibbs. Knowing he has history as the lead player on a successful team definitely advocates for Ford’s breakout ability as he’ll be ready to perform when the spotlight is on as the Huskies grow more and more successful as a team.
Not only is Ford an excellent scorer and rebounder, but he also has terrific potential to become one of the most talented wing defensive stoppers in the CAA. With such great size, quickness, jumping ability and speed, there’s no question that Ford has all the physical tools to become a lockdown defender. In fact, Coen has even said Ford “can guard just about every position” on the court. Such broad versatility will definitely prove beneficial for his team this season and for many years to come. The CAA is loaded with tons of wing talent trying to make a name for themselves. Unfortunately for those characters, when they face the Huskies, they will have to deal with one of the best up-and-coming defenders on the East coast.