Posted: 3:48 pm Monday, February 18th, 2013

The Next Level: Tracking Palm Beach County’s men’s college basketball players 

By Jeff Greer

Football always gets the most attention in Palm Beach County. What about boys’ basketball? The player production in our county may not be as great, but several area grads are off playing Division I college hoops. We tracked them down and listed some updates for you.

SENIORS

Ramon Galloway
La Salle, guard; Dwyer alum

Playing 32.5 minutes a game, Galloway is the star guard on La Salle’s possibly NCAA Tournament-bound squad. He scores a team-best 17.3 points a game, and gets 4.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists a contest. He scored 31 points in La Salle’s critical win over conference foe VCU, as of now a lock for the NCAA tourney, and popped 26 on city rival Villanova. He’s scored 20 or more points in nine games this season.

JUNIORS

Justin Heller
Miami, guard (walk-on); West Boca alum

Heller walked on to Miami’s team for the 2010-11 season and hasn’t looked back. His only two points this season came in Miami’s blowout win over Charlotte, but the ride’s been pretty good. Miami’s second in the national rankings, undefeated in the ACC and seemingly headed for a big March.

SOPHOMORES

Jon Octeus
Colorado State, guard; Royal Palm Beach alum

After spending some time in junior college, Octeus arrived at Colorado State and made an immediate impact off the bench for one of the country’s premier rebounding squads. The 6-4 Octeus plays 18 minutes a game and gets about four points and 2.5 rebounds a game for the Rams, who are nationally ranked and could be in line for a top-six seed in the NCAA Tournament.

FRESHMEN

Greg Louis
Penn, forward (redshirted for 2011-12 season); Dwyer grad

The 6-foot-7 Louis started strong for Penn after sitting out his first year on campus, posting 19 points and 11 rebounds in an early-season tilt against Delaware. Penn’s struggled a bit this season, but Louis still gets about 13 minutes a game. In that time he’s posting 4.3 points and 3.4 rebounds on average. Dwyer coach Fred Ross said earlier this month Louis is adjusting nicely to the Quakers, and could be a serious player for them in the coming seasons.

Bobby Hain
Youngstown State, forward; Jupiter alum

Hain wasted no time making an impression on his new school, going for 19 points and 11 rebounds against George Washington in Youngstown State’s season opener. Since then, Hain plays 16 minutes a game, scoring 6.7 points and grabbing 3.8 rebounds a game.

Kevin Crescenzi
Dartmouth, guard; Benjamin grad

Crescenzi spent a season on the prep circuit before inking with Dartmouth. He’s kept a reserve role in his first season with the Big Green, getting 2.6 points and 1.9 rebounds a game. His season highlight? Nine points against Princeton.

Joel James
North Carolina, center; Dwyer alum

The jovial big fella James didn’t need the redshirt many thought he would, molding his formerly 6-10, 305-pound frame into a much more manageable 260 pounds. He’s been a key sub off the bench for Roy Williams’ struggling UNC team, averaging 2.7 points and 2.9 rebounds per contest. James’s best game this year came against a familiar school, FAU. He got 11 points and eight rebounds in the Tar Heels’ win.

Farad Cobb
Chattanooga, guard; Summit Christian grad

Cobb scared many a South Florida basketball coach when he suited up for Summit Christian, possessing the ability to score from about anywhere, any time. That hasn’t changed in college, where Cobb plays about 18 minutes or so for the Mocs. He put 21 points and five boards on seventh-ranked Kansas back in November, putting college coaches on notice. In that game, Cobb splashed seven 3-pointers. Seven. He averages 5.7 points and 2.3 rebounds for Chattanooga.

Brandon Williams
Northwestern State, forward; Summit Christian alum

Williams plays for a former NCAA darling. Northwestern State famously bounced third-seeded Iowa from the 2006 NCAA Tournament with a last-second 3. Things aren’t quite as great these days at the Louisiana school, but Williams found a home after his signing with Kennesaw State fell through. He’s made seven appearances for NSU this season.

Coltin Gelb
San Francisco, guard; Spanish River grad

The only member of Spanish River’s 2012 state semifinals team, Gelb has played sparingly in his first season with the Dons. He’s made two appearances.

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