2016-17 NEC First Look: St. Francis Brooklyn

Yunus Hopkinson emerged last season as a star for St. Francis Brooklyn. Can he follow it up again in 2016-17? (Photo: St. Francis Brooklyn Athletics)

2015-16 results: 15-17, 11-7 (NEC), tied for second place.

Impact Losses:

Amdy Fall (F) –  5.7 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 2.3 BPG – Back-to-back NEC Defensive Player of the Year, led NEC in blocks – graduated
Chris Hooper (F) – 11.3 PPG, 5.1 RPG – 57.8% FG shooter last season – graduated
Tyreek Jewell (G) – Led SFBK in scoring at 12.3 PPG – graduated

Who’s In:

Rasheem Dunn (G)
Gianni Ford (G)
Robert Montgomery, Jr. (F)
Jahmel Bodrick (F)
Cori Johnson (C)

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2016-17 NEC First Look: Saint Francis U.

A torn ACL shorten Isaiah Blackmon season in 2015-16. Will he be the man for SFU in 2016-17? (Photo: sfuathletics.com)

A torn ACL shorten Isaiah Blackmon’s season in 2015-16. Will he be the man for SFU in 2016-17? (Photo: sfuathletics.com)

2015-16 results: 13-17, 9-9 (NEC), tied for sixth place.

Impact Losses:

Ronnie Drinnon (F) –  13.3 PPG, 11.0 RPG – team’s leading scorer and rebounder last season, led the NEC in rebounding – graduated
Greg Brown (G) -12.8 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 3.3 APG – top assist man, second leading scorer last season – graduated
Ben Millaud-Meunier (G) – 12.5 PPG, led the NEC in three-pointers made last season (80) – graduated

Who’s In:

Randall Gaskins Jr. (G)
Keith Braxton (F)
Deivydas Kuzavas (F)
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Perri hires Tobe Carberry and Greg Van Pelt to join his coaching staff

Tobe Carberry (L) and Greg Van Pelt (R) are the two new additions to Jack Perri's coaching staff. (Photos: www.coachup.com/twitter.com)

Tobe Carberry (L) and Greg Van Pelt (R) are the two new additions to Jack Perri’s coaching staff. (Photos: coachup.com/twitter.com)

It took a while this summer but LIU Brooklyn head coach Jack Perri finally has finalized his coaching staff for the upcoming 2016-17 college basketball season.

Perri has hired Tobe Carberry as an assistant coach and Greg Van Pelt as the new Director of Basketball Operations. An official announcement from LIU Brooklyn is expected soon.

Tobe Carberry was hired last month by Perri to be the new assistant coach on his staff, replacing the departed Charles Bridge. Carberry comes to LIU from Central Connecticut where he was on former CCSU head coach Howie Dickenman coaching staff the last season as an assistant coach.

Carberry also was an assistant coach at the University of New Haven from 2010 to 2014 and an assistant coach at Southern Connecticut State from 2008 to 2010. He played four seasons at Vermont from 1996 to 2000 where he averaged 11.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per game in his collegiate career.

Hoopdirt.com reported on the Carberry addition this past weekend.

Carberry isn’t the only new addition to Jack Perri staff. Joining the coaching staff this season is Greg Van Pelt who replaces Alvin Vivican as LIU’s Director of Basketball Operations.

Hoopdirt.com first reported this move back on August 29th. Van Pelt comes to LIU after spending last season as an assistant coach at Division III Montclair State University. Prior to his time at Montclair State, he was an assistant coach at Susquehanna University (Division III) from 2013 to 2015 and was a graduate assistant coach at East Stroudsburg (Division II) from 2011 to 2013.

Jack Perri will enter into his fifth season as the LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball head coach and twelfth season overall in Downtown Brooklyn. Assistant coaches Jim Mack and Kenyon Spears return to the LIU coaching staff in 2016-17. Mack enters into his third season at LIU while Spears enters into his second season.

LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball begins their 2016-17 season at home against Division III John Jay College on Friday, November 11th.

2016-17 NEC First Look: Robert Morris

RMU had their worst season under head coach Andy Toole in 2015-16. Will they rebound in 2016-17? (Photo: Bob Dea/BHJ)

RMU had their worst season under head coach Andy Toole in 2015-16. Will they rebound in 2016-17? (Photo: Bob Dea/BHJ)

2015-16 results: 10-22, 8-10 (NEC), Eighth place.

Impact Losses:

Rodney Pryor (G) – 18.0 PPG, 8.0 RPG, team’s leading scorer and rebounder last season – transferred to Georgetown as a graduate transfer
Elijah Minnie (F) -12.0 PPG, 6.6 RPG – kicked-off team mid-season, transferred to Eastern Michigan

Who’s In:

Dachon Burke (G)
Clive Allen (G)
David Cole (F)
Braden Burke (F)
Roberto Mantovani (F) – JUCO transfer
Lorenzen Wright Jr. (F) – JUCO transfer
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2016-17 NEC First Look: Mount St. Mary’s

The Mount under fifth-year head coach Jamion Christian have never finished below a fifth-seed in the NEC standings under his guidance. Could they make it five years straight? (Photo: mountathletics.com)

The Mount under fifth-year head coach Jamion Christian have never finished below a fifth-seed in the NEC standings under his guidance. Could they make it five years straight? (Photo: mountathletics.com)

2015-16 results: 14-19, 10-8 (NEC), Fifth place in NEC.

Impact Losses:

BK Ashe (G) – 13.8 PPG, 4.5 RPG, team’s leading scorer last season – transferred to Longwood
Gregory Graves (F) – 9.4 PPG, 5.5 RPG – graduated
Taylor Danaher (C) – 6.9 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 51.1% FG – graduated

Who’s In:

Randy Miller Jr. (G)
Miles Wilson (G)
Jonah Antonio (G)
Jack Vukelich (F)
Ryan Gomes (F) [Read more…]

2016-17 NEC First Look: Bryant

Coming off a transitional year in which they won just eight games, Bryant could be back to their winning ways sooner rather than later. (Photo: bryantbulldogs.com)

2015-16 results: 8-23, 5-13 (NEC), Ninth place in NEC.

Impact Losses:

Shane McLaughlin (G) – 7.7 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 5.3 APG – graduated
Curtis Oakley Jr. (G) – 4.8 PPG, 2.5 RPG – graduated

Who’s In:

Ikenna Ndugba (G)
Adam Grant (G)
Tanner Johnson (F)
Sabastian Townes (F)
Mantvydas Urmilevičius (F)

What Went Right:

The Bulldogs had two players land on the NEC All-Rookie team last season in freshman guard Nisre Zouzoua and freshman forward Marcel Pettway.

Bryant started off their season 2-1 which was just their second 2-1 start since they joined Division I.

At one point between December 31st and January 14th, Bryant won five of six games including getting off to a 4-1 start in the NEC.

What Went Wrong:

The Bulldogs couldn’t get going last season. After their 2-1 start to their season, they went on to lose nine straight games. Then after their five wins in six games and 4-1 NEC start, they lost their next twelve straight games before finishing off their year with a win at LIU.

Dan Garvin’s numbers took a slight dip in his junior season going from 10.9 ppg and 52.5% shooting his sophomore season to 10.2 and 45.3% shooting last season before having to miss the last four games of the season.

Bryant did not have a single player finished in the top in the NEC in scoring. Nisre Zouzoua, the team’s leading scorer finished 12th.

The Bulldogs finished 9th in the NEC in scoring offense and scoring margin. They were the worst free throw shooting team in the NEC last season  and had the second-worst turnover margin in the conference.

Potential 2016-17 Starting Five:

Marcel Pettway was one of two NEC freshman last season to be named NEC Rookie of the Week five times. (Photo: bryantbulldogs.com)

Ikenna Ndugba (G) – Incoming freshman. Averaged 13 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 6.5 apg, 4 spg in his senior high school season last season.

Hunter Ware (G) – 12.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.3 spg in 2015-16. Shot 36.7 percent from three last season.

Nisre Zouzoua (G) – Selected to NEC All-Rookie Team last season after averaging a team-best 12.8 ppg last season.

Dan Garvin (F) – 10.2 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.3 bpg. Shot a career-low 45.3% from the field last season.

Marcel Pettway (F) – Five-time NEC Rookie of the Week winner. NEC All-Rookie Team member. 11.4 ppg, 7.0 rpg.

2016-17 Non-Conference Schedule:

11/12 (Sat) @ Notre Dame (2016 Legends Classic)
11/15 (Tues) Salve Regina (D3)
11/18 (Fri) @ Gonzaga
11/21 (Mon) @ Eastern Washington
11/22 (Tues) vs Seattle (2016 Legends Classic)
11/25 (Fri) @ Northwestern (2016 Legends Classic)
11/28 (Mon) @ Brown
11/30 (Wed) Yale
12/3 (Sat) @ Ohio
12/6 (Tues) @ Navy
12/10 (Sat) New Hampshire
12/22 (Thu) Dartmouth
1/16 (Mon) Harvard

Early Outlook:

I felt like this team underachieved last season even with all the great young talent on this team and I feel they will rebound this upcoming season after failing to make the NEC tournament a season ago. Bryant has a solid young core of guys with Pettway, Zouzoua and Ware and add Ndugba to the mix who is getting early buzz for NEC Rookie of the Year and Bryant has a team who should be much better this season then they showed last season.

This team is young though with just one impact senior in Dan Garvin so if they are to make any advances this season, that young core has got to produce. The early question going into the season if how much depth does this team have beyond the starting five. There are a ton of young guys on this Bryant team that will be vying for playing time so competition should be fierce in the preseason.

I look for Bryant to return back to the NEC tournament come March. If this team stays healthy and all these young guys improved upon their season they had last season, they have top four potential in them.

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A look at the 2016-17 LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball schedule

The LIU Brooklyn 2016-17 men’s basketball schedule was officially released last Thursday in what was a bit of a surprise since usually their schedule typically gets released sometime after Labor Day but this year we were given a bit of a curveball with a pre-Labor Day, September 1 release.

Here is what the 2016-17 LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball non-conference schedule looks like: [Read more…]