MBB vs. TENNESSEE-NCAA 2ND RND.
Photos by Thom Kendall '93
2013-14 (R-Jr.):Game-By-Game Statistics
Appeared in 32 of 33 games, making his first career start against Tennessee in the NCAA Tournament. (missed the La Salle game with a concussion) ... Averaged 8.3 points (5th on the team) and 5.0 rebounds per game (2nd on the team) ... Posted 14 double-figure scoring games on the year, with four coming in the last five games ... Also posted a pair of double-doubles ... Scored a then-season-high nine points on 3-of-5 shooting from the floor and free throw line versus Boston College (11/10) ... Season-best six rebounds and two blocks against Youngstown State (11/17) ... Contributed a season-high 13 points on 4-of-6 shooting in 19 minutes versus Nebraska (11/21/13) in the opening game of the Charleston Classic ... After a scoreless game at Eastern Michigan, had 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting in a season-high 26 minutes against BYU (12/7) ... Had 12 points and a season-high-tying seven rebounds versus Northern Illinois (12/14) ... That also marked the first back-to-back double-figure scoring games of his career ... Had a career night at Ohio (12/18) with game-highs of 16 points and 10 rebounds for his first career double-double as he tied his career-best with 32 minutes played ... Had a clutch steal on the press and breakaway dunk with 1:01 left to put UMass ahead of Saint Joseph's (1/8) 63-62 in the conference opener - the play was named the No. 7 Play of the Day on Sports Center ... Scored a season-high 17 on a career-best matching 7-for-10 from the floor to go along with seven boards in the win at Elon (1/18) ... Had 10 points and six rebounds in 17 minutes against Fordham (1/26) ... Posted his ninth double-figure scoring game with 11 points in the home loss to George Mason (2/12) ... Registered his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds at Duquesne (3/5/14) ... Had a great Atlantic 10 Championship with 15 points and 7 boards in the win over Rhode Island (3/13/14) before going for a career-high 22 points and 7 rebs in the quarterfinal loss to George Washington (3/14/14) ... Finished with 12 points and six boards against Tennessee (3/14/14) in the NCAA Tourney ... Averaged 12.2 points and 6.0 rebounds over six games in March.
2012-13 (R-So.):Game-By-Game Statistics
Came off the bench in every game, averaging 5.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game ... Ranked eighth on the team in scoring, third in rebounds and seventh in minutes (20.6) ... Led the team in scoring once, rebounds five times, blocks 12 times and steals five times ... Posted 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting against No. 6 NC State (11/16/12) ... Five points and a career-best 10 rebounds at Siena (11/28/12) ... Registered back-to-back career-highs in minutes played with 28 against Miami (Fla.) (12/1/12) just 14 hours after a root canal and 29 at Northeastern (12/4/12) ... Had a season- and game-high three steals against Elon (12/15/12), including a crucial swipe with 18 seconds left in overtime with UMass ahead by five ... Season- and game-high 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting with a career-best six dunks at Northern Illinois (12/29/12) ... Tied his initial season-high with two blocks against the Huskies ... Followed with a career-high four blocks while tying for team-high honors of nine rebounds in the win at Miami (Ohio) (1/2/13) ... Threw down a fast break under-the-basket dunk against Duquesne (1/17/13) that was named the No. 4 Play of the Day on Sports Center ... Collected 10 points and six rebounds against Rhode Island (2/6/13), while making his second 3-pointer of the season and first since the season-opener ... Averaged 7.6 rebounds at the A-10 Tournament, spotlighted by career highs of seven offensive and 10 total boards against No. 25/22 VCU (3/16/13) in the semifinals ... Also averaged 2.7 blocks in the tourney with a career-high tying four swats against the Rams.
2011-12 (R-Fr.):Game-By-Game Statistics Came off the bench in all 38 games, averaging 13.8 minutes while adding 5.1 points and 3.4 rebounds per game ... Five double-figure scoring games ... Season- and game-high 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting with six rebounds and three steals in 22 minutes at home against La Salle (2/18/12) ... 10 points and nine boards in career-high 27 minutes at Dayton (2/25/12) ... Had 16 points on 6-of-9 from the floor, along with six offensive rebounds - eight total - in A-10 semifinals versus St. Bonaventure (3/10) ... Played more than 20 minutes six times.
2010-11 (Fr.): Redshirted.
Before UMass: Played at Henry Wise High School in Upper Marlboro, Md. where he averaged 14 points and seven rebounds per game before moving to Lee Academy. He was a high school teammate of Daryl Traynham, a fellow freshman.Esho was given a 90 grade by ESPNU recruiting with the following analysis: "Esho has a great basketball frame equipped with incredible length, broad shoulders and big hands. He has to get significantly stronger, which will help him inside, but Esho has a ton of upside and potential. "He played his AAU basketball with DC Assault, the same team UMass' swingman Javorn Farrell played for. In playing with DC Assault, run by Curtis Malone, Esho has been a part of one of the top AAU programs in the nation. He averaged 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds along with two blocks per game in AAU. He played alongside Duke signees Josh Hairston and Tyler Thornton, Notre Dame signee Eric Atkins and Richmond newcomer Cedrick Lindsay. Coach Zach Suber has been an integral part of Esho's life and worked with him as a mentor while he played with DC Assault. Esho was named to numerous All-Tournament Teams during his AAU career as well as being named to MVP of the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions at Chapel Hill, N.C., in 2008. Over the last four years, Esho has been part of more than 120 wins on the AAU circuit. In 2009, he helped his squad capture the adidas Take 5 championship and the Teak Breakdown Tournament title, while also making the final four at the adidas Super 64 in Las Vegas after winning the crown in 2008. In addition to winning the adidas Super 64 title in '08, DC Assault also captured crowns at the Pittsburgh Jam Fest, the Bob Gibbons Memorial Day Tournament in Raleigh, N.C., the Harley Davidson Tournament in Morgantown, W. Va., and the Playaz Spring Fling in Piscataway, N.J.
Personal: Maxie Kunle Esho ... Born February 28, 1991 in Washington, D.C. ... Son of Tina Marie Esho ... Has five siblings - Tony, Kenny, Taye, Florence and Larry ... Majoring in Sociology.
SINGLE-GAME HIGHS: Points: 18, La Salle -- 02/18/12 Rebounds: 10, at Siena -- 11/28/12 Assists: 2, George Washington -- 01/19/13 ; Ohio -- 12/19/12 Steals: 4, Davidson -- 12/22/11 Blocks: 4, at Miami (Ohio) -- 01/02/13 ; at Miami -- 01/02/13 FG made: 7, La Salle -- 02/18/12 FG attempts: 9, 4 times 3FG made: 1, vs Temple -- 03/09/12 ; Harvard -- 11/13/12 ; Davidson -- 12/22/11 3FG attempts: 2, Duquesne -- 01/17/13 ; Towson -- 11/30/11 FT made: 5, at Seton Hall -- 03/17/12 FT attempts: 9, La Salle -- 02/18/12
A Few Minutes With Maxie Esho
My Ideal Day: Basketball and class If I Could Be an Animal: Python Why UMass: Coaches Class I am Most Proud of the Grade: English Hope to do Before Graduation: Win a championship Best Pregame Meal: Fruit and bread Player I Pattern After: Wesley Johnson Three Words to Describe Myself as a Player: Long, athletics, runner Advice to the Freshmen: Take advice and learn from the upper classmen Can't go on a Road Trip Without: iPod First Basketball Memory: Watching MJ games when I was little When I was Five Years Old, I Thought I'd Be: A basketball player What Has Been the Most Challenging Thing About College so Far: Classes Teammates Describe me as: Cool and chill First Thought When I Moved to College: College came fast TV Show I Want to be on: Cribs Who First Taught You How to Shoot: Coach Zach Favorite Food Item at the DC: Stiry Fry and Waffles Favorite Spot to Study on Campus: Study hall Favorite Pair of Shoes: Blue and White B's What I Would do First if President: Take Air Force One to Brazil Favorite Movie From Past Year: Public Enemies Where I would Spend $1,000: Tattoo Parlor What Does the Basketball Mean to You: Everything, it's done so much for me Favorite Part of Practice and a Game Day: Perfection Weird Fact not Many People Know About me: I have been to Africa twice and Amsterdam