Date: Friday, November 30, 2001
Written by Elliott Wiley, Jr.


MEDFORD -- Senior guards Bobby MacMannis (Calais, ME/Phillips Exeter (NH) and Bruce Reese (South Glen Falls, NY/South Glen Falls) were named co-captains of the 2001-02 Tufts University men's basketball team. The team is currectly 3-2 under their leadership.

MacMannis has been a solid contributor to the program since his freshman year. He immediately had his presence known after averaging 6.4 points per game and starting 10 games. He marked his career-high in points with 16 against Springfield on December 3 of his freshman year. He continued to play hard and score points, averaging 4.7 per game in each of his next two seasons. Not only is he a threat to score, but he also plays excellent defense. When Head Coach Bob Sheldon needs a player who will get in the face of an opposing team member, he calls on MacMannis. Last season, MacMannis led the team in free throw percentage, shooting 86.1% (31-36) from the line. This season, MacMannis has started out averaging 3.5 points per game and playing in all four games. This 6-2 guard is extremely valuable to the team because he brings so many different skills to the game.

Reese has also been a member of the team since freshman year. He earned the honor of being voted captain by his teammates despite limited playing time during his career. He averaged 1.7 points per game as a freshman, displaying an ability to score. He has found his spot as a role player, always ready to go in the game and play solid defense or pick up the tempo of play. His best qualities as a basketball player cannot be read on a stat sheet. They are leadership and support. He shows great amounts of both and through that has earned his teammate's respect. Reese averaged 1.3 points in 12 games as a sophomore and then averaged 0.9 points in eight games played the following year.

MacMannis and Reese demonstrate that the players who don't often make the headlines are sometimes the best team players. These two seniors have earned the respect of their teammates, which is not an easy feat. They have never led in scoring, rebounding, or assists, but they are very dependable teammates. That is the greatest quality needed for captains of a winning team.