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Danes name captains

Three Australians -- Luke Devlin, Sam Rowley and Peter Hooley -- along with Dave Wiegmann have been named UAlbany's team captains for the 2013-14 season.

“We are excited to name Luke, David, Sam, and Peter captains for the 2013-14 season,” said UAlbany head coach Will Brown. “We as a staff value the input of our team when choosing captains and these were the four names that continued to be mentioned by each player in our program. All four are high-character kids who work very hard on the court and in the classroom. We are confident that all four will be effective captains and lead this team on and off the court. Being a captain is a challenge and comes with a tremendous amount of responsibility. We are looking forward to helping them grow and develop as leaders throughout the season.”

UAlbany returns eight players, including three starters, from last year’s 2013 America East Championship squad. The Great Danes also have seven newcomers.

Devlin, a senior and three-time captain, has played in 98 games in his career with 60 starts. The senior is averaging 5.4 points and 4.4 rebounds for his career, and also shot .750 from the charity stripe in 2012-13.

Hooley, a sophomore, averaged 10.2 points per game as a starter in 11 games in 2012-13. An America East All-Rookie honoree, Hooley averaged 9.0 points per game and 3.7 assists per game in league play last season. Hooley led the team as a freshman with 102 assists (3.1 apg). The sophomore recorded his first career double-double at Hartford on Jan. 19, scoring 18 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Hooley also leads all returners with a career free-throw percentage of .817.

Rowley, a junior, proved to be an integral piece of UAlbany’s America East campaign last season, averaging 11.1 points and 7.6 rebounds per game in league play. He notched his first career double-double against Binghamton on Jan. 7 with 21 points and 13 rebounds along with four assists. He followed up his career night against the Bearcats with another double-double performance against Maine on Jan. 12 with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Rowley is the squad’s leading returning scorer and rebounder, having averaged 9.0 points and 6.2 rebounds per game in 2012-13.

Wiegmann, a transfer from Southwestern Illinois Junior College, saw his first action as a Great Dane last season. He played in 17 games, recording three rebounds against South Carolina State on Nov. 20.

The Great Danes began practice on Saturday, and host NJIT in their first home game on Nov. 12 at 7 p.m.

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