Here is the latest edition of NEC News Wire:
– Fairleigh Dickinson men’s basketball released their full schedule on Tuesday. The Knights will have four home games in their eleven games non-conference schedule against Division III FDU Florham, Lafayette, Princeton and Delaware. Interestingly, the Princeton game is scheduled to be a 9:30pm start. FDU has a pretty formidable non-conference road schedule with games at Saint Joseph’s, Rutgers, Columbia, Notre Dame, St. John’s, St. Peter’s and Towson. As far as their NEC schedule, they will play seven of their nine NEC home games in an eleven-game span between January 8 and February 12 and will play St. Francis (PA) in back-to-back games.
– Wagner released their NEC schedule after releasing their non-conference schedule last week. Wagner will start the conference season playing three straight at home after the NEC opener at St. Francis (PA). The Seahawks close conference play with three straight on the road. They also will play St. Francis Brooklyn in back-to-back games.
– Ryan Peters of Big Apple Buckets wrote a post last week on their early picks for NEC All-Conference teams. Not surprisingly, their entire first team consist of the NEC’s top five returning scorers. All five players finished in the top ten in NEC scoring last season which is why they are pretty easy choices for NEC All-First team. The likely debate this season will be who will finish in the NEC second and third teams given the large talent turnover in the NEC going into this season. In fact, of the NEC top thirty scorers from last season (scoring over 9.3 ppg), only 14 of them are returning back to their respective teams this upcoming season.
– International basketball is gearing as the summer goes along. The Great Britain senior men’s national team is currently featuring two NEC alums in LIU Brooklyn’s Kyle Johnson and St. Francis Brooklyn’s Ben Mockford as they begin preparations for their next round of 2015 FIBA European Championships qualifications.
Kyle Johnson started game one on Saturday. He finished with five points on 2 of 5 shooting from the floor with four rebounds. Mockford made his senior national team debut and played in just under 13 minutes and finished with two points on 2 of 4 shooting with three rebounds. Johnson cam off the bench in game two on Sunday and finished with seven points and five rebounds on 1 of 7 shooting in 24-plus minutes. Mockford did not play. Great Britain will next play a pair of exhibition games against Belgium on Friday and Saturday.