March 2, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - University of Massachusetts Boston men's basketball players Michael Mitchell Jr. (Boston, MA/Wayland HS) and Jason White (Roxbury, MA/Charlestown HS) have been named to the Little East Conference All-Rookie Team, it was announced today by the conference. The selections mark the first time in school history that the Beacons have placed two players on the All-Rookie team, which began five years ago.
Mitchell Jr. has been one of the top point guards in the Little East Conference, regardless of experience, this season. The sophomore led the league with 4.9 assists and 2.5 steals per game and dished for 122 assists for the sixth-highest total in school history. Mitchell Jr. earned Rookie of the Week honors in consecutive weeks from November 23-29 and November 30 to December 6. He was one of two players for UMass Boston to start all 25 games and netted 9.6 points per game in his first season of collegiate basketball. Despite playing in just his first year, the guard logged 32 minutes per game to rank second among all LEC players, while averaging 3.1 rebounds per game. The slashing guard showed the ability to take on the scoring load this year, netting 20 or more points on three occasions, including a season-high 26 on 9-16 from the floor to go with five rebounds, four assists and a steal vs. Mount Ida College on November 27. The Wayland High School product posted a double-double of 20 points and a personal-high 11 assists, while adding three rebounds vs. Keene State College on December 5. The 5'9", 160-pound guard handed out five or more assists in 13 outings and grabbed at least one steal in all but one contest, including 19 multiple steal efforts. Mitchell Jr. enjoyed a prolific five-game stretch from November 24 to December 5, where he averaged 20 points, 6.0 assists, 2.2 steals and 3.8 rebounds, while shooting 48.4% (31-64) from the floor.
White joined the Beacons for the season's second half and immediately made an impact with three consecutive LEC Rookie of the Week awards for the weeks of January 4-10, January 11-17 and January 18-24 to become the first player in school annals to win the honor three straight weeks since Amigo Paniagua (2004-08) did it during the 2004-05 campaign. White made the most of the 11 games that he appeared in, starting 10 of them and averaging 15.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.4 steals to establish himself as one of the best all-around players in the conference. The shooting guard registered double-digit point totals in all but two games, including a collegiate debut that saw him net a season-high 26 points on 10-15 from the field, including 3-4 from three-point range to go with five steals and three assists at Nichols College on January 5. He nearly posted his first collegiate double-double with 19 points and nine rebounds in addition to a steal and an assist at Keene State College on January 23. The former Charlestown High School standout scored 15 or more points on six occasions for UMass Boston and dished out three or more assists eight times. White also came up with at least one assist in 10 of 11 games, including two or more thefts eight times. The rookie was a presence on the floor at all times for the Beacons, averaging 31.5 minutes per game and played no fewer than 25 minutes in any contest.
UMass Boston finished the season with an overall 5-20 record, including 3-11 in conference play.