December 22, 2008 2:24 pm ET by Kyle Whelliston
One of the great things about TMM -- okay, maybe it's the only good thing about any of this -- is that we get to introduce you to players those other websites don't have time for. Like this 6-4 NYC product who turned in two of the most efficient performances in mid-majordom last week, work that went generally unnoticed outside the New Haven metro area. Ladies and gentlemen, meet James Feldeine, our sixth Mid-Majority Baller of the Week.
Mr. Feldeine, a 6-4 junior guard, plays for Quinnipiac -- a school more known for presidential polls than basketball. The Bobcats' leading scorer was the Northeast Conference player of the week last week for double-doubling (19 and 10) against Wagner, but we like his two more recent roadies against non-conference opponents better. On Wednesday in a 76-74 away win at Dartmouth, he shot 11-for-20 for 29 points, a performance that also included eight rebounds, six assists and two steals. The Q lost up at America East contender Vermont by five on Saturday, a much smaller margin than would be expected, and Feldeine was a big reason why. He scored 26 on 11-for-18 shooting, and stuffed the stat sheet with eight rebounds, four assists and three steals. Nobody else south of the Red Line had a 55-point week.
Could Quinnipiac sneak in and make noise in the NEC? The Q, which now plays in a beautiful bifurcated arena named after a bank (we like to call it the Q-Pod), has only two winning seasons in its 10-year Division I history. But the Bobcats are off to a decent 6-4 start. Despite a very low conference RPI of 29, there's a lot of relative strength in the NEC this year, with defending champs Mount St. Mary's, Central Connecticut and Robert Morris fielding strong entries -- the Bobcats' road prowess (4-1) could vault them into that conversation. Feldeine, who with sophomore Justin Rutty makes up the best rebounding duo in the league, is putting up 18.8 ppg to go with his 7.3 boards.
Which is a vast improvement from his sophomore year. Last year, he put up 8.3 ppg and 4.0 rpg on a team dominated by DeMario Anderson and his 21 points per ballgame, but Feldeine is picking up a lot of the production load Anderson left behind. He's more than doubled his scoring average and is grabbing nearly twice the rebounds, and has improved his percentages from the floor, arc and stripe. We notice, Quinnipiac. Congratulations, James, you're the MMBOW.
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