Maine Maritime Academy standout

DePatsy finds college court niche with Mariners

Former Medomak Valley Panther rises among MMA's career leaders in basketball statistics
By Mark Haskell | Nov 26, 2019
Photo by: Mark Haskell Maine Maritime Academy's Nicholas DePatsy, left, and Riley MacLeod (44), among another, on Nov. 23 in a college basketball game at Bowdoin College in Brunswick.

Castine — On a basketball court, there is little, if anything, Nicholas DePatsy has not accomplished.

The Waldoboro resident set records during his four-year stint as a player for Medomak Valley High School and is doing the same in his fourth and final season as a senior at Division III Maine Maritime Academy.

Now, in his final year of organized school basketball — men’s league down the road notwithstanding — DePatsy hopes to help lead the Mariners on a deep run in the North Atlantic Conference tournament by season’s end.

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“It’s kind of weird to think about that I only have a couple months left in a sport that I’ve played since I could walk,” said the 6-foot 3-inch senior guard. “I’ve always been around it with my dad [longtime high school coach Nick DePatsy] and it’s a weird thing to think about. My accomplishments have helped a lot, but going forward the rest of the year, I’m just going to enjoy every second of it.”

And, his accomplishments, are as plentiful as his skills on the hardwood.

Most recently, DePatsy became the 13th player in MMA history to collect more than 1,000 career points in an 81-58 road win over rival University of Maine at Machias on Nov. 20.

And, in the team’s 67-44 loss on Saturday, Nov. 23 at Bowdoin College, DePatsy tied the school record for three-pointers in a career with Brendan Newcomb at 253.

DePatsy, who always has been something of a marksman from beyond the arc, has scored 75 percent of his career collegiate points from three-point range.

“I needed 48 points to start the year and in the first game I had 28 and the second game against Machias where I got it I had 24,” he said. “It happened in the second half. I drove middle and finished with a little floater with the right hand. They didn’t really stop the game. Coach subbed me out immediately and my family and friends were there. It was a good experience for me.”

It is not customary for college games to halt — as it is in most high school games — when a player hits the milestone. And, they did not make an announcement at the next dead-ball situation, which typically is protocol for the college ranks.

“Usually they do announcements,” he said. “But, it’s Machias.”

DePatsy always has demonstrated leadership qualities on the court, further proven by the fact he has been a team captain since his sophomore year with the Mariners. He also was a three-year captain on the basketball team at MVHS.

“I’ve always seen myself as a mature person,” he said. “Obviously I know the game really well and what we’re trying to do here with what coach [Daniel] McNeely is trying to implement and has implemented fit my game and my character. Right from the get-go he saw me as a leader and I feel like I’ve grown tremendously since my sophomore year as a captain to now as a captain.”

In high school, DePatsy, a 2016 MVHS graduate, also scored 1,313 career points (which makes him one of only a handful of Midcoast residents to be a 1,000-point scorer in high school and college), has the school record for points in a game (48), was Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference first team all-conference four years and most valuable player of the Class B North tournament in 2014.

In high school, DePatsy could be featured in more of an “Iso,” or isolation-style offense, where one player can create a one-on-one situation to score points.

DePatsy was forced to adapt to the bigger, stronger and faster style of the collegiate level and became more of a sharpshooter.

“The offense that we run allows a lot of spacing for our four guards on the perimeter,” he said. “And luckily I play with teammates who share the ball and know where I am at all times. My forte has been knock down shots when needed, and I’ve done that pretty well I think throughout my time here.”

The Mariners did not make the NAC playoffs during DePatsy's freshman or sophomore years, though they did drop a 67-63 decision to Thomas College of Waterville in the quarterfinals last year.

DePatsy hopes to break into the win column in this year’s NAC tournament, and feels his team has a strong chance to advance to the conference title game.

“The conference is wide open,” he said. “Farmington is probably the best team in the conference with the guys returning and the guys they added, but other than that, the conference is wide open. If we show up and play, we can beat anybody.”

And, the 22-year-old already has his post-basketball career off to a fast break-style start.

DePatsy, an international business and logistics major, signed a contract Nov. 22 to work as an engineering consultant for Strategic Maintenance Solutions in Gorham. He will start that job in June of 2020.

“I interned with them the last two summers and loved it. I got lucky enough for them to offer me a position and I accepted it yesterday," he said. "Couldn’t be happier with my choice and where I’m going to go after I graduate.”

And while DePatsy plans to “take it all in” this season and enjoy the ride in his final season of collegiate hoops, that is not to say his basketball career may be over.

“Obviously coaching is something I’d be interested in going forward as well,” he said.

Maine Maritime Academy at Bowdoin College men's basketball
Bowdoin College hosts Maine Maritime Academy on Nov. 23 in college men's basketball in Brunswick. (Video by: Mark Haskell and Zack Miller)
Maine Maritime Academy's Nicholas DePatsy, left, and Bowdoin College's Taiga Kagitomi. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Maine Maritime Academy's Nicholas DePatsy, left, and Bowdoin College's Taiga Kagitomi. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Maine Maritime Academy's Nicholas DePatsy, left. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Maine Maritime Academy's Nicholas DePatsy. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Maine Maritime Academy's Nicholas DePatsy, left, and Riley MacLeod (44), among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Maine Maritime Academy's Nicholas DePatsy, left, and Bowdoin College's Taiga Kagitomi. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Maine Maritime Academy's Nicholas DePatsy, right, and Bowdoin College's Manav Randhawa. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Maine Maritime Academy's Nicholas DePatsy, right. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Maine Maritime Academy's Nicholas DePatsy, right, and Riley MacLeod, left, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Maine Maritime Academy's Nicholas DePatsy. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Maine Maritime Academy's Nicholas DePatsy, left, and Bowdoin College's Stephen Ferraro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Maine Maritime Academy's Nicholas DePatsy, left, and Bowdoin College's Stephen Ferraro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Maine Maritime Academy's Nicholas DePatsy. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Maine Maritime Academy's Nicholas DePatsy (22) and Riley MacLeod (44), along with Bowdoin College's K.J. Matte, right, and Xander Werkman. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Maine Maritime Academy's Nicholas DePatsy, top, and Malachi Reincke. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Maine Maritime Academy's Nicholas DePatsy. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Maine Maritime Academy's Nicholas DePatsy, front. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Maine Maritime Academy's Nicholas DePatsy, front. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Maine Maritime Academy's Nicholas DePatsy. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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