McFarland nabs rookie honors for second time in three weeks
Waltham, Mass. — For the second time in two weeks, former Mr. Maine Basketball and Camden Hills Regional High School graduate Tyler McFarland has nabbed Northeast-10 Rookie of the Week honors.
McFarland, a freshman starter at Bentley University, is quickly making a name for himself throughout the conference.
The 6-foot-5-inch forward averaged 17 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and 1.5 steals and shot 60 percent from the field in two recent games, a 73-66 win over Stonehill College in Easton, Mass. Dec. 8 and a 61-60 loss to Franklin-Pierce University of Rindge, N.H. Dec. 4.
McFarland leads the Falcons in scoring (14.3 points per game), rebounding (8.0), field goals (52), free throws (24) and blocked shots (14).
McFarland said each game in the NE-10 is a dogfight and there are no easy wins to be had.
"I've focused on improving on something every day by listening to my teammates and coaches, and they've put me in a position to help this team be successful," McFarland said. "With that there has come some outside attention, and it's nice to be recognized; however, I'm focused on the team and improving as everyone else is."
The 19-year-old McFarland, who led Camden Hills to state Class B basketball championships in his sophomore and senior seasons prior to graduating in 2011, attended Cushing Academy in St. Ashburnham, Mass., a college prep boarding school, last year prior to enrolling at Bentley.
McFarland, who said the academic workload at Cushing was much more demanding as opposed to Bentley, said Cushing Academy "was a great step, which helped me prepare, in every way, for Bentley."
"That workload helped my work ethic outside of the classroom to get work done and hold higher expectations for myself academically," he said.
McFarland said he also "played with and against great players [at Cushing], which has made me a much better and more competitive player."
McFarland is the all-time leading scorer in Windjammer basketball history with 1,403 points.
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