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Sunday, August 26, 2007

Aug. 27 final update for Lindy's College Basketball/MU prediction plus preseason NEC teams

I am picking MU 10th.

This summary on the Hawks has been updated to include the departure of Mike Shipman though the one I sent Lindy's still had Mike as playing. When he left MU it was probably too late to change the national publication which hits the news stands Sept. 1. Even before Mike left I had MU picked 10th.

Also, I have closed comments on the initial Lindy's blog topic (which includes the Mount preview) so as to bring this one to the forefront and have people comment on it here.

10. Monmouth
The 2006-2007 NEC favorite fell dramatically from grace snapping a string of six consecutive
winning records. It became the first defending champion to fail to qualify for the ensuing
post season league tournament. With the late summer news that junior point guard Mike Shipman
is transferring only two regulars return from an under achieving group. At least there's a
significant building block in Rookie of the Year Jhamar Youngblood. The quick, strong,
explosive guard, may also see action at small forward. Otherwise, the only returnee who played
a signifcant role is junior guard Whitney Coleman who stalled somewhat after a promising
freshmen campaign. Incoming freshman point guard James Hett and athletic freshman forward
George Barbour are among a wave of new faces. Coach Dave Calloway faces his most extensive
rebuilding project since he first took over the program. A new on campus arena beckons in

COACH: Dave Calloway - At Monmouth and overall: 142-140, 9 years
2006-2007 RECORD: 12-18 overall; 7-11 Northeast (t8th)
2007-2008 HONORS CANDIDATES: Jhamar Youngblood, George Barbour.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Barbour. A talented freshman forward from California figures
to make an immediate impact.
RETURNING STARTERS (2): Whitney Coleman, G, 6-3, 190 Jr. (9.1 ppg., 3.1 rpg.); Jhamar
Youngblood, G, 6-1, 190, So. (12.3 ppg., 3.5 rpg.)
RETURNING KEY RESERVE: Alex Nunner, G, 6-3, 185, Jr. (2.4 ppg., 1.8 rpg.)
NEWCOMERS TO WATCH: George Barbour, F, 6-7, 190; James Hett, G, 6-1, 175; R.J. Rutledge, F/G, 6-4, 170; Nick DelTufo, F/C, 6-8, 205; Adam Dobriansky, C, 6-10, 225
STARTERS LOST (3): Marques Alston, F, 6-3, 190 (11.5 ppg., 3.8 rpg.); Dejan Delic, F, 6-6, 215 (14.6 ppg., 3.5 rpg.); John Bunch, C, 7-2, 320 (7.1 ppg., 5.3 rpg., 95 BS)


1. Robert Morris
2. Sacred Heart
3. Wagner
4. Quinnipiac
5. St. Francis, Pa.
6. St. Francis, N.Y.
7. Mount St. Mary's
9. FDU
10. Monmouth
11. LIU

All-Conference Teams


F Devin Sweetney
St. Francis, Pa. 6-6, 180 So.

F Durell Vinson
Wagner 6-7 215 Sr.

G Tony Lee
Robert Morris 6-0, 205 Sr.

G Tristan Blackwood
Central Connecticut State 6-0 170 Sr.

G DeMario Anderson
Quinnipiac 6-2 205 Sr.


G Cameron Tyler
Fairleigh Dickinson 6-0 205 Jr.

G Jhamar Youngblood
Monmouth 6-2 180 So.

G Drew Shubek
Sacred Heart 6-4, 205 Sr.

F A. J. Jackson
Robert Morris 6-6, 230, Sr.

F Robert Hines
St. Francis, N.Y. 6-5, 250 Sr.

Player of the Year
Tony Lee
G, Robert Morris

Newcomer of the Year
Evann Baker
G, Quinnipiac


Best Shooter: Tristan Blackwood, Central Connecticut State
Best Rebounder: A.J., Jackson, Robert Morris
Best Playmaker: Jeremy Goode, Mount St. Mary's
Best Defender: Tony Lee, Robert Morris
Most Versatile: Devin Sweetney, St. Francis, Pa.
Best NBA Prospect: DeMario Anderson, Quinnipiac


Anonymous Anonymous said...

10TH!!! I hope to God your not right TG!

10:52 AM, August 27, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Re 10th place. I hope I'm not right either.....I usually am not, so unless it's 11th..the percentages are in MU's favor...

But looking at it coldly and objectively ..I can't see them higher, at the moment...

1:42 PM, August 27, 2007  
Blogger B_uzz said...

I can see the many questions on this team, but I think Jhamar and Whitney will be the key pair this season. Their speed can open the type of play that Monmouth needs. The coaches will need to bring the new players into the system quickly. I also have a feeling that the 'Phantom' will be a pleasant surprise when he gets his time on the court. He should help defensively with his shot blocking ability and when he's in the groove he can score at will.

7:00 AM, August 28, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Re: "The Phantom." Yes, he is something of a wild card in this whole picture..

In Lindy's I didn't list him as a returning key reserve - he wasn't..or a new comer - he isn't. I guess that's why he's "The Phantom."

10:34 AM, August 28, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never sleep on the Hawks... Last year was an abberational season that was sabotaged by that proverbial floater in the punch bowl John Bunch... Jhamar proves what Rahsaan Johnson proved... One great player and some good role players can do a lot in this league and lord knows MU has nothing but role players... MU goes 12-6 in the NEC this year.

Hook'em Hawks.

5:16 PM, August 28, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

To Hook 'Em: Let's hope you're correct and I'm way off base.

I am just attempting to be realistic - as I see it.

I don't see your point on Bunch as to how he was the reason the season crumbled - especially down the stretch.

He played badly on the four-game road trip to Conn. at mid season but well enough for MU to win after that - in my opinion.

I also don't think MU went to him enough late in the season ....

As for your premise on Jhamar....I agree.

The difference being right now, MU has no proven second scorer (I guess that's gotta be Coleman) but even of more importance - zero inside presence as we speak.

Rahsaan did have Kevin Owens....not to mention Gerry Crosby in the NCAA year...

5:29 PM, August 28, 2007  

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