Monday December 05, 2011 | 07:55 PM

With three Maine players on the Bentley College basketball roster this season and two more coming next year, it leads you to think coaches from the Waltham, Mass., Division II school spend a lot of time in the Pine Tree State. Not so. All were seen at one time or another in AAU games.

“That’s just the reality,” Bentley coach Jay Lawson said. “If we did go there, it would probably be to watch an AAU practice.”

Lawson said the Maine connection is more a coincidence than a trend. “It makes a good story,” he said this week.

Winthrop High School graduate Sam Leclerc is a senior starter for the Falcons while Jacob Moore of Hampden is a sophomore on the team and Thornton graduate Andrew Shaw a freshman. Slated to come next year are 6-foot-6 point guard Alex Furness of Wells and 6-6 forward Tyler McFarland of Camden Hills who was last winter’s Mr. Maine Basketball. Both are playing at Cushing Academy Prep in Ashburnham, Mass.

Leclerc, who transferred from Division I Bryant University after his sophomore year, is thriving for the Falcons. The 6-1 guard had a big hand down the stretch in wins against St. Anselm and Bridgeport and is averaging 12.9 points and 5.4 rebounds a game. Shaw, a 6-5 forward, averages 9.8 points and 4,0 rebounds.


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