Eric Emmerling's NH College Notebook: Brickley, with help from Pitino, moves up coaching ranks
Former Trinity High of Manchester standout Chris Brickley has always had excellent vision in the game of basketball, whether finding a teammate for an easy basket or navigating through the world of big-time Division I basketball at Louisville.
Brickley, who always wanted to pursue a career in coaching, serves as a second-year assistant coach for the Fairleigh Dickson University men's basketball team. Prior to this season, he was promoted to scouting coordinator.
The 25-year-old Brickley spent a year at Ole Miss, serving as a graduate assistant and focusing on player development, before joining Fairleigh Dickinson. He graduated from the University of Louisville in 2010, where he played for Rick Pitino. Brickley also played at Northeastern and Southern New Hampshire University before transferring to Louisville.
"Coach Pitino has opened up doors for me that I didn't think I could have gotten at my age," he said. "Being a Division I assistant a few years out of college is providing me with great experience. Getting a chance to scout our conference games and being on the road recruiting at the same time is great."
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The Wheaton College men's basketball team has six sophomores and three freshmen on its roster this season, but the Lyons have an experienced point guard in former Manchester Central standout Will Bayliss.
Bayliss, a 5-foot-9 junior, has started in each of Wheaton's 10 games and is averaging 5.8 points per game and 26.2 minutes per contest for the Lyons, who were 6-4 entering Saturday's home game against MIT. He averaged 7.4 points and 3.0 assists per game as a sophomore.
After graduating from Central, Bayliss spent a year at the Tilton School before he enrolled at Wheaton, a Division III school in Norton, Mass. He helped Tilton win the NEPSAC Class B title in his only season with the Rams.
Bayliss started in 23 of Wheaton's 24 games as a freshman, when he averaged 7.0 points per game and led the team in steals.
Bayliss and senior guard Scott Faucher were named Wheaton's co-captains this season. Faucher played at Lebanon High School and Kimball Union Academy before entering college, and has been a starter since the beginning of his sophomore season.
"One thing we won't have to worry about is handling the ball and having a leader on the court," Wheaton coach Brian Walmsley said. "I feel really good with Will and Scott handling the ball for us this year."
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Eric Jean-Guillaume hasn't just been one of the best players for the Franklin Pierce University men's basketball team during his four years in Rindge, he's also been one of the most durable.
The senior guard who was the NE-10 player of the year and a Division II All-America as a junior, hadn't missed a game in his first three seasons, so it was probably understandable the Ravens looked a little lost last weekend when they didn't have him for the Clancy Memorial Tournament hosted by Dominican College in Orangeburg, N.Y.
Jean-Guillaume sat out both games with back spasms as the Ravens went 1-1, including a 67-63 loss to host Dominican on the second day of the tournament.
"You get into a close game and you start looking around for someone to make a play," FPU coach David Chadbourne said. "He's been our go-to guy."
Through the team's first eight games, Jean-Guillaume was leading the team in scoring, steals and minutes played.
"Some guys are one-dimensional, but Eric has a hand in everything," Chadbourne said. "He's a scorer for us, he makes everyone better and he can steal the ball. He makes plays."
The team is hoping he returns for today's game against St. Michael's, but Chadbourne said he won't rush his senior stalwart.
"We have 16 games left. We try to bring him back too soon and we could lose him for an extended period, and we don't want that," Chadbourne said.
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Eric Emmerling's weekly New Hampshire College Notebook appears weekly in the New Hampshire Sunday News. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org