Here is the latest edition of the NEC News Wire:
– The Great Britain senior men’s basketball team wrapped up their series of preparation games before they play a series of qualification games for the 2015 FIBA European Basketball Championships. Team GB which features two NEC alums in LIU Brooklyn’s Kyle Johnson and St. Francis Brooklyn’s Ben Mockford, played three final games this past weekend against Belarus, Georgia and Moldova. Great Britain lost their first two games of the weekend with a 77-68 loss to Belarus and a 73-60 loss to Georgia before finally getting their first win of the summer with a blowout 92-43 win against Moldova. Great Britain enter their EuroBasket qualification games with a 1-6 record in their seven prep games.
Here were the stat lines for both Kyle Johnson and Ben Mockford from this past weekend:
Great Britain begins their 2014 EuroBasket qualification games against Iceland on Sunday, August 10 in Iceland and then they take on Bosnia & Herzegovina on Wednesday, August 13 in London, versus Iceland once again on Wednesday, August 20 in London, and close it out against Bosnia & Herzegovina on Sunday, August 24 in Sarajevo.
– Congratulations are in order to recent Wagner graduate Orlando Parker who has recently signed a professional basketball contract. The news was broken by Wagner head coach Bashir Mason on Twitter on Wednesday.
Parker signed a deal with Tayronas de Santa Marta in Colombia. Parker now becomes the fourth known 2014 NEC graduate to sign a pro deal for the 2014-15 season. The other three include Bryant’s Corey Maynard (Australia), LIU’s Jason Brickman (Russia), and Mount St. Mary’s Julian Norfleet (Bulgaria).
– St. Francis Brooklyn will be unveiling a new logo for the 2014-15 season. That is according to the St. Francis Brooklyn athletic department who announced the news last week on their website in their 2014-15 outlook post.
“The athletic department will unveil a new logo in the next few weeks, one that calls attention to our Brooklyn roots. Outsiders will no longer wonder where the College is located. Of course, if they want to know exactly where we are from don’t be afraid to boast about our home turf of Brooklyn Heights, recently named one of America’s most beautiful neighborhoods. Our website www.SFCAthletics.com will also be getting a fresh new look during the month of September and will be highlighted by an online Terrier apparel store.”
Last season, St. Francis Brooklyn added “Brooklyn” to their brand, going away from the St. Francis (NY) and SFC names.
– On Tuesday, NEC Associate Commissioner Ron Ratner fired off 15 tweets with stats and info previewing the upcoming 2014-15 season. In case you missed it or not on Twitter, here are all 15 tweets:
Some thoughts from Ratner’s tweets:
* Five of the six returning NEC all-stars from last season will likely comprised of the Preseason All-NEC team with four of those guys already being 1,110-point scorers.
* I think it is going to be hard to see anyone top Kyle Vinales or Dyami Starks in scoring this season. It wouldn’t be a shock if both average over 20 ppg this coming season.
* SFU is returning everyone from last season. EVERYONE! If they stay healthy, they should be competing for an NEC championship this season.
* Can RMU win 20 games this season? It is going to be interesting to see. Even with Lucky Jones returning there was a pretty significant roster turnover, it is going to take time to get things together there.