2017 BHJ’s NEC Postseason Awards

It was another season of change in the Northeast Conference in 2016-17. Only one NEC first-team selection and six players from the three All-NEC teams returned back this season resulting in a new wave of talent getting their opportunity to shine.

After four hard-fought months of basketball and two months of battling each other for NEC supremacy, it is time once again to dish out our version of the NEC postseason awards and gives recognition to all those who had excellent seasons in 2016-17 for their teams.
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2016-17 NEC First Look: Sacred Heart


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 BHJ’s NEC Postseason Awards

This season was a season of transition for the Northeast Conference. Nine of the fifteen players who were selected on the three All-NEC teams last season were seniors including the entire All-NEC first team.

With that, new opportunities emerged and the spotlight began shining on players who never previously got the playing time or were in the shadows of talented upperclassmen on their teams.

Now, that the 18-game, two-month grind that is the NEC regular season is now over, it is once again time to hand out our annual imaginary awards and recognized those here at Blackbirds Hoops Journal feel should get the recognition for a season of outstanding play for their teams. [Read more…]

2015-16 Northeast Conference Men’s Basketball Awards Predictions

Another great season of college basketball is about to unfurl as we creep towards Halloween and November which means it’s time to start making predictions for the upcoming 2015-16 Northeast Conference season.

This season, only four of the fifteen players who were named on the three All-NEC teams last season return back as well as just one of the four individual player award winners. This opens up room for some new, young and up-and-coming stars in the conference to begin getting the opportunity for recognition in a league which seems to be once again wide open.

Now, it is time to unveil the Blackbirds Hoops Journal’s prediction for the 2015-16 NEC awards beginning with the All-NEC Rookie Team. [Read more…]