Here is the latest edition of the NEC News Wire:
– Saint Francis U. men’s basketball team recently wrapped up a european tour to France and Spain where the Red Flash went 2-2 against foreign competition.
In France, SFU lost to Evreux 94-47 in their opening game. Then they came back from 25 points down in their second game to defeat Limoges Select Team 87-80. Then SFU went to Spain and played a pair of game against the Catalan Select Team. SFU won the first meeting 75-59 before losing the second game 72-67.
SFU returns their entire team from last season that went to the NEC tournament semifinals and last week announced the addition of the three freshmen forwards to this season’s team.
– Sacred Heart will be getting a new home floor at the Pitt Center next season as they have announced via Twitter a couple of weeks ago.
Here a picture of a paint-less Pitt Center floor from last week.
Maybe a fresh look is what SHU need at the Pitt Center. Last season, Sacred Heart was an NEC-worst 1-10 on their home court.
– Getting itchy for the start of the college basketball season? I know I am! Well, you can start planning for your favorite NEC team’s season opener. Here is the season opening schedule for NEC men’s basketball teams:
- Bryant at UConn – Friday, November 14
- Central Connecticut vs Fairfield at the Connecticut 6 at Quinnipiac University – Friday, November 14
- Fairleigh Dickinson at St. Joseph’s – Friday, November 14
- Mount St. Mary’s at Arizona – Friday, November 14
- Lafayette at Robert Morris – Friday, November 14
- Sacred Heart vs Hartford at the Connecticut 6 at Quinnipiac University – Friday, November 14
- St. Francis Brooklyn at Georgetown – Saturday, November 15
- St. Francis U. at Cincinnati – Friday, November 14
One team missing on this list ironically is LIU Brooklyn. It is still not known who and when they will open their season against as of yet.
– Wagner has gotten the first 2015 verbal commit for any NEC team. On August 7th, Wagner got a commit from Devin Liggeons, a 6’3” shooting guard from Philadelphia per multiple reports.
Wagner beat out St. Francis U. and Sacred Heart among others. Liggeons averaged 9.1 ppg for Imhotep Institute Charter School in Philly last season in his junior year.
Also, Wagner got a verbal commitment this weekend from former Rhode Island forward Mike Aaman who played for former Wagner head coach Dan Hurley the last two seasons. If you heard the name before, Aaman originally committed to Wagner before Hurley left to coach up at Rhode Island and Aaman decided to follow Hurley.
Aaman left URI after two difficult seasons where he battled with multiple concussions, seven in fact. URI gave Aaman his release a couple of weeks ago and after visiting LIU Brooklyn, Wagner and Niagara last week, he decided to choose the team he originally committed to back in 2012.
– 2015 FIBA EuroBasket Qualifying has gotten underway and for NEC folks, the focus is on Group A where Iceland, Great Britain and Bosnia & Herzegovina are battling to qualify for two EuroBasket spots from that group. Through two of four games, here are the Group A standings and results (image courtesy of Wikipedia):
Great Britain features three NEC alums Kyle Johnson (LIU Brooklyn), Devan Bailey (Central Connecticut State) and Ben Mockford (St. Francis Brooklyn) while Iceland features a pair of incoming freshmen for LIU Brooklyn in Elvar Fridriksson and Martin Hermannsson.
Hermannson so far had the best performance thus far in this round of qualifying. He scored 22 points on 10 of 14 shooting with two rebounds and an assist against Great Britain. He is averaging 15.5 ppg through two games.
A big game is coming up this Wednesday as Iceland faces Great Britain in London. Great Britain needs a win to keep their qualifying hopes alive while Iceland can take a stranglehold of the second qualifying spot with a win with just one game left to play for both teams and with each having to face first place Bosnia & Herzegovina.