News and Notes from Around the NEC: August 7

– On Monday, Mount St. Mary’s became the fifth Northeast Conference team to release their non-conference schedule. The Mount has a pretty challenging non-conference schedule in head coach’s Jamion Christian first year. They play three high-major teams in Pitt, Georgetown and possibly preseason number one team Indiana, all on the road of course. The Mount will only enjoy three home games during the non-conference slate. I believe the Mount are going to be a lot more competitive this season as Christian begins to implement his new run and gun offense. I wouldn’t be shocked though if they pulled off a couple of upsets in conference-play due to the fact they do have talent on their team with guys like Julian Norfleet, Raven Barber, Kelvin Parker and Josh Castellanos. Ryan Peters, the NEC hoops maven over at Big Apple Buckets, wrote up a post on the Mount’s incoming class of players.

– Ryan Peters continued his NEC team-by-team recruiting recap with Bryant this morning. As Ryan stated in his post, Bryant has nowhere to go but up after a brutal season last year.

– Andrew Chiappazzi over at wrote his take on what dominos could be next to fall in the aftermath of the U. of Albany football program moving from the NEC to CAA in 2013. Although the article is mostly a NEC football take, it does mention what affects this can all have on NEC basketball and the NEC in general as speculation swirls on if and which NEC team would defect from the NEC to join another conference and which schools the NEC should pursue if a current school does decide to leave.

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