2015-16 results: 15-17, 11-7 (NEC), tied for second place.
Amdy Fall (F) – 5.7 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 2.3 BPG – Back-to-back NEC Defensive Player of the Year, led NEC in blocks – graduated
Chris Hooper (F) – 11.3 PPG, 5.1 RPG – 57.8% FG shooter last season – graduated
Tyreek Jewell (G) – Led SFBK in scoring at 12.3 PPG – graduated
What Went Right:
Had a solid conference season going 11-7 and finishing out the regular season by winning six of their last seven games.
Point guard Yunus Hopkinson took full advantage of his opportunity when Glenn Sanabria went down for the season early on with a shoulder injury. He started in 24 of the next 25 games following Sanabria’s injury and went off to have career highs in nearly every category including scoring (12.2 PPG) and assists (2.9 APG).
Amdy Fall finished as the NEC Defensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row finishing with 2.3 BPG.
The Terriers had three players earn All-NEC Third team honors in Yunus Hopkinson, Chris Hooper, and Tyreek Jewell.
What Went Wrong:
Glenn Sanabria was lost for the season just five games in with a partially torn labrum. He started the season as the Terrier’s starting point guard after doing a tremendous job coming off the bench as a freshman.
The Terriers started their season 4-11 including dropping their first two conference games.
SFBK finished last in the NEC in field goal shooting percentage. They were the only NEC team to finish with a shooting percentage below 40 percent (.397).
Potential 2016-17 Starting Five:
Yunus Hopkinson (G) – Had a breakout junior season, finishing 2nd on team in scoring at 12.2 PPG
Glenn Sanabria (G) – Missed all but five games last season due to a shoulder injury
Gunnar Olafsson (G) – Started in 23 games last season
Darelle Porter (F) – JUCO transfer who averaged 11.5 PPG last season
Joshua Nurse (F) – 6’10” big man who saw very limited playing time his freshman season
2016-17 Non-Conference Schedule:
11/13 (Fri) @ North Carolina State
11/15 (Tue) @ Virginia (Emerald Classic)
11/21 (Mon) @ Providence (Emerald Classic)
11/25 (Fri) vs Savannah State – @ Destin, FL (Emerald Classic)
11/26 (Sat) vs Grambling/UT Rio Grande Valley – @ Destin, FL (Emerald Classic)
11/30 (Wed) @ Brown
12/3 (Sat) @ Army
12/5 (Mon) Lafayette
12/7 (Wed) Mount St. Vincent (D3)
12/10 (Sat) @ Canisius
12/17 (Sat) @ Albany
12/20 (Tue) Manhattan
12/23 (Fri) Saint Peter’s
One positive going into this upcoming season for the Terriers should be their backcourt. With the emergence of Hopkinson and the return of Sanabria, SFBK has a solid 1A and 1B at the point guard spot and you should see a lot of these two guys on the floor together. Also, Olafsson should see his minutes and his productivity increase in his junior season.
The one negative is who will they find production in the frontcourt. St. Francis Brooklyn has lost a lot of good talent in the frontcourt over the last two years and now they will need to replenish and look to new faces to score, block and rebound. The experience up front is greatly lacking compared to their backcourt teammates so early on SFBK may have to rely on guard play to get by.
The Terriers will be road warriors early on as they won’t play a home game under December 5th and have some major tests early on with the likes of NC State, Virginia and Providence.
One player I’m hearing about is freshman point guard Gianni Ford from Brooklyn’s Boys and Girls High School. If he can excel early on and allow for either Hopkinson and/or Sanabria to play more at the off-guard and give the Terriers an extra ball handler on the court, that could be something that could play to their advantage as the season goes along.
I think the Terriers have some good pieces but I think their window for challenging for NEC supremacy has closed for now. They should remain competitive and will give teams fits on some nights with their strong defensive play but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Terriers struggled at times for wins this season.