It has been relatively quiet in the NEC news and notes department in the last couple of weeks. Summer is here so that shortly means possibly seeing some of your favorite NEC players in summer league action at a small gym near you. In NYC, the Nike Pro City at Baruch College started this week as well as many other summer leagues and tournaments so if you need your summer hoops fix, try checking some of these out. If you’re looking for a great site covering all these summer leagues and more, look no further than www.gothamhoops.com which is run by Ray Anczelowicz (@GothamHoops).
Now here’s what new in the NEC:
1. Sacred Heart non-conference schedule: Sacred Heart became the second NEC team (although unofficially) to release their 2013-14 non-conference schedule along with St. Francis (PA). William Paxton (@wspaxton) of the Connecticut Post did the honors. New head coach Anthony Latina and his Pioneers will be taking on an interesting 15-game schedule. They start their season in the annual Connecticut 6 Classic against Fairfield on Saturday, November 9. Sacred Heart will play in only four home games out of the fifteen non-conference games. In fact, they start the season playing just one home game out of their first eight games. Some of the highlight games for the Pioneers include games at Fordham, at Boston College, at Santa Clara, at UNLV and a neutral-court game in Las Vegas against Florida Gulf Coast aka Dunk City, the cinderella’s of the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
2. NEC passing the APR: The NCAA this week release the annual Academic Progress Rate scores for the 2011-12 academic year which determines postseason eligibility for the upcoming 2013-14 season. The APR eligibility standards for 2013-14 is as follows:
- In order to compete in the 2013-14 postseason, teams must achieve a 900 multi-year APR or a 930 average over the most recent two years.
I’m happy to say every Northeast Conference team in all sports had an APR score that made them eligible for postseason play in 2013-14. Here are the APR scores for the 2013-14 NEC Men’s Basketball teams (1000 is a perfect score):
LIU Brooklyn: 955
Mount St. Mary’s: 950
Robert Morris: 954
Sacred Heart: 961
St. Francis (PA): 948
St. Francis Brooklyn: 959
And here are the APR scores for the 2013-14 NEC Women’s Basketball teams:
LIU Brooklyn: 982
Mount St. Mary’s: 980
Robert Morris: 965
Sacred Heart: 995
St. Francis (PA): 982
St. Francis Brooklyn: 960
3. The NEC, a young coaches league: A great list was complied by Patrick Stevens (@d1scourse) of D1scourse.com of the current Division I men’s basketball coaching tenures from 1 to 351. The NEC is a conference which its current coaches average just over 3 years at their program with eight of the ten NEC head coaches having three seasons or fewer of tenure. Ryan Peters (@pioneer_pride) of Big Apple Buckets delved into the numbers a little deeper in a nice recent blog post.
4. Another Top 10 list for Brickman: LIU Brooklyn’s Jason Brickman was recently named first on a list created by Parks Smith (@RVAparks) of http://www.midmajormadness.com of the Top Ten mid-major point guards to watch this upcoming season. There is many reasons why Brickman is first on this list. I talked about it in my most recent post.