After equally impressive freshman seasons, both Damion Lee and Marcus Thornton were deservedly named to the 2011-2012 All-CAA Rookie Team. In the Colonial Athletic Association, it was a year full of freshman success that also included dynamic players, Quincy Ford, Adam Smith and Jarvis Threatt, who rounded out the conference All-Rookie Team.
Now, a year later, Ford is the third option offensively at Northeastern behind seniors Joel Smith and Jonathan Lee, Threatt is the third option at Delaware behind Devon Saddler and Jamelle Hagins and Smith transferred from UNCW to Virginia Tech.
Lee and Thornton are arguably the main offensive options, when healthy, at Drexel and William & Mary, respectively.
The two electric sophomore guards squared off Saturday in Williamsburg, Va., when both of their struggling teams engaged in a CAA contest.
This season, Lee has averaged 17.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game, despite missing two games due to a concussion and two due to a leg injury. Thornton hasn’t missed a game this season, and averaging 17.8 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. Both guards lead their teams in scoring and both are big guards that wreak havoc on the perimeter for their opponents.
They’ve also grown to be friends who have a positively competitive relationship.
Shout out to my bro @marcuswm3 !! Always a battle vs good him. Goodluck the rest of the season
— Damion Lee (@DL_XIV) January 19, 2013
As both the Dragons and Tribe struggle to get the ball rolling at the start of this season’s conference play, look for both teams to heavily rely on Lee and Thornton to help energize their programs.
After all, having an underclassman who ranks in the Top-5 in scoring of the CAA on your roster is something to take advantage of.
Jake Fischer is the CAA Columnist for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @JakeLFischer.