McFarland named to NE-10 All-Rookie squadFalcons end season with four-game win streak, but miss playoffs
Waltham, Mass. — It has been a sensational freshman season for former Camden Hills Regional High School court standout Tyler McFarland at Bentley University.
McFarland, a 6-foot-5-inch forward who also won the coveted Mr. Maine Basketball award as a senior for the Windjammers, was again named to the Northeast-10 Conference's All-Rookie team based on his strong all-around year for the Falcons.
McFarland won the NE-10 player of the week five times — thrice in the final three weeks — and ended the year with a career-high 29 points and 14 rebounds in an 81-70 victory over UMass-Lowell.
Despite McFarland's excellent play, the Falcons finished the year with a 11-15 record, good for 11th in the conference.
The top 10 teams qualify for the NE-10 playoffs.
McFarland averaged 15.5 points this season, along with 8.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocked shots. He ranked in the top 10 in the conference in rebounds (fifth), defensive rebounds (fifth), offensive rebounds (eighth), blocks (eighth) and free-throw percentage (ninth).
In his final six games of the season, McFarland averaged 21.5 points and 10.7 rebounds, a white-hot 60 percent (15-of-25) from beyond the 3-point arc and an impressive 22-of-23 from the foul line.
Along with winning Mr. Maine Basketball in 2011, McFarland led the Windjammers to four straight regional championship appearances, three Eastern Class B titles and two undefeated state crowns. He also is Camden Hills' all-time boys career points scorer with 1,403 — senior Jordan Knowlton broke his all-time Windjammer record this winter with 1,532 points.
McFarland attended Cushing Academy of Ashburnham, Mass., a college prep school, after high school graduation and prior to enrolling at Bentley.
The Northeast-10 Conference features schools from Vermont, New York, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Along with McFarland, Merrimack's Gelvis Solano, Saint Anslem's Mike McCahey, The College of Saint Rose's Tyler Sayre and Southern New Hampshire's Rodney Sanders also nabbed All-Rookie honors.
Franklin Pierce's Eric Jean-Guillaume earned conference player-of-the-year honors for the second straight season.
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