2016 NEC Basketball Media Day Notebook

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(Photo: Bob Dea – Blackbirds Hoops Journal)

This past Wednesday, the Northeast Conference conducted their annual NEC Basketball Social Media Day for the fifth consecutive season at the Barclays Center, home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and NHL’s New York Islanders and once again, all ten NEC men’s head basketball coaches were in attendance along a student-athlete representative from each team.

As is the case during the preseason, hope springs eternal and everyone seemed to be in very good spirits as we are just days away now from the start of the 2016-17 campaign.

I got the opportunity to speak to eight of the ten NEC men’s basketball coaches and players with the expectations of Bryant’s Tim O’Shea and Central Connecticut’s Donyell Marshall but I was able to watch NEC Front Row/ESPN3 production put on by the wonderful people at the Northeast Conference after the event and got to hear from all ten men’s basketball coaches and players. [Read more…]

BHJ’s 2016-17 NEC Men’s Basketball Preview

When looking back at the 2015-16 Northeast Conference season, it had its usually fare of the predictable and unpredictable. Nothing displayed that more than the NEC championship final which pitted the one of the preseason favorites in Wagner against the team no one predicted would have even be in the NEC tournament much less in a NEC final in Fairleigh Dickinson. FDU went on to win the NEC title and showed why year after year, this conference can be so tough to get a true gauge on.

The 2016-17 NEC season will likely be more of the same. Several big names (Rodney Pryor, Cane Broome, BK Ashe, Martin Hermannsson) either transferred out of the NEC or decided to go pro leaving behind some big holes to fill for their teams and muddling up some expectations.

Yet, every season bring about new opportunities and new names and faces who will be thrusted into the spotlight and become major players and key figures to teams as the season goes along. [Read more…]

2016-17 NEC First Look: Fairleigh Dickinson

Fairleigh Dickinson were the young hunters last season, winning the NEC championship. How will they do now as the huntees? (Photo: FDU Athletics)

Fairleigh Dickinson were the young hunters last season, winning the NEC championship. How will they do now as the huntees? (Photo: FDU Athletics)

2015-16 results: 18-15, 11-7 (NEC), tied for second place (two-seed).

Impact Losses:

Marques Townes (G) – 11.5 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 2.7 APG last season – transferred to Loyola (IL)

Who’s In:

Kaleb Bishop (G)
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2016-17 NEC First Look: Wagner

Bashir Mason has yet to see his Wagner team break through the NEC tournament to a championship. Will 2016-17 be the season it happens? (Photo: silive.com)

Bashir Mason has yet to see his Wagner team break through the NEC tournament to a championship. Will 2016-17 be the season it happens? (Photo: silive.com)

2015-16 results: 23-11, 13-5 (NEC), first place.

Impact Losses:

Dwaun Anderson (G) – 9.9 PPG, 4.6 RPG last season – graduated
Aaren Edmead (G) – 4.9 PPG last season, 32 games played – transferred to North Carolina A&T
Japhet Kadji (F) – 27 games played, 4.4 PPG last season – transferred to North Carolina A&T

Who’s In:

Shack Scott (F) – JUCO transfer

Elijah Davis (G/F) – JUCO transfer

Conner Ferrell (G)

Jamar Brown (F)
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2016-17 NEC First Look: Sacred Heart

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Sophomore guard Quincy McKnight will one of the key weapons for Sacred Heart in 2016-17. (Photo: Sacred Heart Athletics)

2015-16 results: 12-18, 11-7 (NEC), tied for second place (fourth seed).

Impact Losses:

Cane Broome (G) – 23.1 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 2.9 APG – 2016 NEC Player of the Year, Leading scorer in the NEC – transferred to Cinncinnati
Jordan Allen (F) – 10.2 PPG, 5.4 RPG – graduated
Tevin Falzon (F) – 10.9 PPG, 8.3 RPG – graduated

Who’s In:

Charles Tucker Jr. (G) – JUCO Transfer
Shawn Montague (G)
Zach Radz (G)
Joseph Lopez (F) – JUCO Transfer

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2016-17 NEC First Look: St. Francis Brooklyn

Yunus Hopkinson emerged last season as a star for St. Francis Brooklyn. Can he follow it up again in 2016-17? (Photo: St. Francis Brooklyn Athletics)

2015-16 results: 15-17, 11-7 (NEC), tied for second place.

Impact Losses:

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

Who’s In:

Rasheem Dunn (G)
Gianni Ford (G)
Robert Montgomery, Jr. (F)
Jahmel Bodrick (F)
Cori Johnson (C)

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2016-17 NEC First Look: Saint Francis U.

A torn ACL shorten Isaiah Blackmon season in 2015-16. Will he be the man for SFU in 2016-17? (Photo: sfuathletics.com)

A torn ACL shorten Isaiah Blackmon’s season in 2015-16. Will he be the man for SFU in 2016-17? (Photo: sfuathletics.com)

2015-16 results: 13-17, 9-9 (NEC), tied for sixth place.

Impact Losses:

Ronnie Drinnon (F) –  13.3 PPG, 11.0 RPG – team’s leading scorer and rebounder last season, led the NEC in rebounding – graduated
Greg Brown (G) -12.8 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 3.3 APG – top assist man, second leading scorer last season – graduated
Ben Millaud-Meunier (G) – 12.5 PPG, led the NEC in three-pointers made last season (80) – graduated

Who’s In:

Randall Gaskins Jr. (G)
Keith Braxton (F)
Deivydas Kuzavas (F)
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