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Friday, August 10, 2007

Lindy's Updated Aug. 22 - My Lindy's College Basketball Annual NEC men's hoops previews (will run nationally beginning in Sept.)

Teams previewed so far CCSU, FDU, LIU, Wagner, Quinnipiac, St. Francis, Pa., St. Francis, N.Y., Sacred Heart, Robert Morris.

Next up - No. 7 and 10. Where do I have MU???

With Lindy's scheduled to hit the news stands in Sept., the editors have given me the OK to begin publishing my NEC picks on our blog.

First year coach Mike Rice steps into a potentially promising situation. After a highly
regarded club stumbled in 2006-2007, four starters, several reserves, and a few newcomers are
poised to attempt to lead RMU to its first NEC championship 1992. Senior Tony Lee, as
complete a player as the NEC may have to offer, will inherit the leadership role from
graduated point guard Derek Coleman. Forward A.J. Jackson and Lee return as the No. 3 and No.
7 scorers in the league. Last year's No. 2 offensive team in the NEC (75 ppg.) hopes to rachet
up the defense after RMU allowed opponents to shoot 45 percent last season. Guard Bateko
Francisco, who averaged 19 points and five rebounds at Fort Scott Kansas Community College,
and freshman point guard Gary Wallace figure to blend in effectively with a seasoned club.

COACH: Mike Rice - At Robert Morris and overall: 0-0.
2006-2007 RECORD: 17-11 overall; 9-9 Northeast (t/4th)
2007-2008 HONORS CANDIDATES: A.J. Jackson, Tony Lee, Jeremy Chappell
KEEP AN EYE ON: Chappell. Takes the ball to the basket and could take his game to the next
RETURNING STARTERS (4): Freddie Harris, C, 6-8, 245, Sr. (4.3 ppg., 3.0 rpg.); A.J. Jackson,
F, 6-6, 230, Sr. (16.9 ppg., 7.8 rpg.); Tony Lee, G, 6-0, 205 Sr. (15.9 ppg., 6.1 rpg., 4.4
apg.); Jeremy Chappell, G, 6-3, 175, Jr. (14.4 ppg., 5.1 rpg.)
RETURNING KEY RESERVES: Mezie Nwigwe, G, 6-4, 175, So. (4.2 ppg., 2.0 rpg.); Ifeanyi Ehirim,
F, 6-7, 210, Jr. (2.3 ppg., 2.4 rpg.); Jimmy Langhurst,G, 5-10, 170, So. (2.1 ppg.).

NEWCOMERS TO WATCH: Gary Wallace, G, 6-3, 185; Bateko Francisco, G, 6-1, 170 (JUCO transfer);
Bas Rozendaal, C, 7-0, 230, R/S Fr., William Royal, F, 6-7, 230.
STARTERS LOST (1): Derek Coleman, G, 5-11, 180, Sr. (12.8 ppg., 5.4 apg.)


Three starters and some key back ups will take the floor one year after helping take the
team to landmark accomplishments. They included a first winning record in eight seasons in the
NEC, posting the highest finish (second), and first appearance in the NEC Tournament
championship game. Sacred Heart returns the bulk of NEC's second-best 3-point shooting attack
(.379), highest scoring offense (78.5 ppg.), and the league's No. 1 field goal shooting team
(.480). Senior guard Drew Shubik was second in the NEC in steals. Rookie guards Chauncey
Hardy and Ryan Litke were Nos. 2 and 3 from downtown with junior Luke Granato No. 7. There's
size in the middle with seven-footer Liam Potter and freshman Mehmet Sahan. Despite all the
fire power a potential problem is SHU's last place ranking in the NEC in defense (76.9 ppg.).

COACH: Dave Bike - At Sacred Heart and overall: 445-394, 29 years
2006-2007 RECORD: 18-14 overall; 12-6 Northeast (2nd)
2007-2008 HONORS CANDIDATES: Drew Shubik, Joey Henley.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Mehmet Sahan. The 6-9 freshman with a physical game could challenge for
immediate playing time.
RETURNING STARTERS (3): Joey Henley, F, 6-4, 210, Sr. (11.1 ppg., 4.5 rpg.); Brice Brooks, F,
6-7, 210, Sr. (9.9 ppg., 6.0 rpg); Drew Shubik, G, 6-4, 205, Sr. (9.8 ppg., 4.0 apg.)
RETURNING KEY RESERVES: Ryan Litke, G, 6-3, 190, So. (8.4 ppg., .431 3pt.%); Chauncey Hardy, G, 6-0, 170, So. (10.6 ppg., .438-3pt%); Luke Granato, G, 6-6, 210, Sr. (8.8 ppg.); Ryon Howard, F, 6-6, 225, Sr. (10.0 ppg., 4.0 rpg.); Liam Potter, C, 7-0, 230, Jr. (4.7 ppg., 3.2
NEWCOMERS TO WATCH: Mehmet Sahan, C, 6-9, 245; Joshua Marshall, F, 6-5, 200.
STARTERS LOST (2): Jarrid Frye, G, 6-3, 190 (13.3 ppg., 5.0 rpg); Tavio Hobson, G, 6-0, 185
(5.4 ppg.)

It's now or never for virtually the same squad that has been trying to repeat its startling
success of 2004-2005, Then, with mainly young players, it finished with a stretch drive that
carried it to the league tournament final. Since then a rash of uneven performances and last
season's suspension of 2005-2006 All NEC second team forward Durell Vinson have conspired to
prevent it from making another title run. Now, again with a veteran club that includes red
shirt senior Vinson, this particular group of players appears in line to make one last
championship bid. Senior guard Mark Porter's 1,072 career points makes him the returning
leading scorer in the NEC. Head coach Mike Deane, at his fourth Division I stop, begins the
season with 394 career wins.

(PS - I am told former MU walk on T.J. Tibbs wound up here)

COACH: Mike Deane - At Wagner 51-62, 4 years; 394-285 overall: 394-285, 22 years
2006-2007 RECORD: 11-19 overall; 8-10 Northeast (7th)
2007-2008 HONORS CANDIDATES: Durell Vinson, Mark Porter.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Jamal Smith, a 6-5 junior swingman can create problems for smaller guards or
utilize his quickness versus larger forwards.
RETURNING STARTERS (4): Mark Porter, G, 6-1, 190 Sr. (13.8 ppg., 5.2 rpg.); Jamal Smith, G,
6-5, 210 Jr. (11.7 ppg., 5.5 rpg.); James Ulrich, F, 6-6, 215, Sr. (13.2 ppg., 6.7 rpg.); Joey Mundweiler, G, 6-2, 180, Jr. (11.6 ppg., 1.7 rpg.).
RETURNING KEY RESERVES: Justin Drummond, F, 6-6, 200 Jr. (5.7 ppg., 3.5 rpg.); Llewchean
Radford, F, 6-4, 230 Jr. (4.6 ppg., 4.0 rpg.)
NEWCOMERS TO WATCH: Durell Vinson, F, 6-7, 215 RS/Sr. (15.2 ppg., 9.6 rpg.); Clifton Spiller,
F, 6-6, 225
STARTERS LOST (1): Matt Vitale, F, 6-6, 210 (7.3 ppg., 3.8 rpg.)

First-year head coach Tom Moore, accustomed to winning championships in his 13 years as an
assistant at the University of Connecticut, takes over a program that has generally struggled
in a nearly a decade on the Division I level. Last year's third place NEC finish was not
enough to save the job of former boss Joe DeSantis. Moore's first year on the job should be
smoothed by the presence of DeMario Anderson, a potential Player of the Year who led the
Bobcats in scoring and was No. 2 in minutes played despite despite coming off the bench in 10
games. The return of 6-9 senior center Karl Anderson (no relation) provides a legitimate post
presence. Though nine players are gone from last year's roster rookie guard Evann Baker, who
originally committed to Wichita State, is expected to make an immediate splash.

COACH: Tom Moore - At Quinnipiac and overall: 0-0.
2006-2007 RECORD: 14-15 overall; 11-7 Northeast (3rd)
2007-2008 HONORS CANDIDATES: DeMario Anderson
KEEP AN EYE ON: Karl Anderson. The 6-9 senior with an accomplished touch around the basket
figures to be utilized early and often under Moore after being mainly an after thought on
offense in prior seasons.

RETURNING STARTERS (2): DeMario Anderson, G, 6-2, 205, Sr. (15.7 ppg., 4.3 rpg.); Casey
Cosgrove, G, 5-8, 165, So. (3.5 ppg., 3.4 apg.)
RETURNING KEY RESERVES: Karl Anderson, C, 6-9, 255, Sr. (6.8 ppg., 3.5 rpg.), James Feldeine, G, 6-4,185, So.
NEWCOMERS TO WATCH: Louis Brookins, F, 6-7, 230 (transfer from Maryland Eastern Shore); Jeremy
Baker, G, 6-2, 195 (JUCO transfer), Ed Zajac, C, 6-10, 235; Evann Baker, G, 6-3, 185
STARTERS LOST (3): Chris Weyhe, F, 6-7, 200 (8.2 ppg., 4.6 rpg.); Victor Akinyanju, F, 6-7,
245 (7.7 ppg., 7.0 rpg.); Van C
rafton, G, 6-1, 195 (7.6 ppg.)

(After doing some more reading up on this Evann Baker kid from the Qpac web site, I'm thinking maybe I should have picked the Bobcats higher)


Whenever something could go wrong for St. Francis in recent years it did. From All-NEC
performer Darshan Luckey leaving school early to turn professional, from personal misfortune
that ended the career of 6-11 J.R. Enright, to coach Bobby Jones' illness, a cloud of bad luck
has perpetually shrouded the mountain top program. But the cloud began to lift late last
season. St. Francis won its last three games and four of its last five. It returns virtually
its entire roster led by All-NEC rookie Devin Sweetney, a Player of the Year in waiting.
Sweetney's six double-doubles last winter ranked him fourth in the NEC. He led all NEC
freshman with 13.0 ppg. (18th in NEC) while shooting 83.4 percent from the stripe (sixth in
NEC). Look for the Red Flash to earn a 2008 NEC Tournament berth while making a substantial
gain in the league standings.

COACH: Bobby Jones - At St. Francis, Pa. and overall 79-144, 8 years
2006-2007 RECORD: 8-21 overall; 5-13 Northeast (11th)
2007-2008 HONORS CANDIDATES: Devin Sweetney
KEEP AN EYE ON: Bassirou Dieng. The 6-9 athletic forward blocks shots, finishes in transition,
and has 3-point potential. On the verge of a break out year.

RETURNING STARTERS (5): Devin Sweetney, G/F, 6-6, 180, So. (13.0 ppg., 7.7 rpg.); Chris Berry,
G/F, 6-6, 190, Jr. (11.7 ppg., 4.9 rpg.); Marques Ford, G, 5-10, 175, Jr. (9.3 ppg., 4.1
apg.); Cale Nelson, G, 5-10, 185, R/S Jr. (8.7 ppg. 3.6 apg.); Bassirou Dieng, C, 6-9, 215,
Jr. (6.2 ppg., 3.9 rpg.)
RETURNING KEY RESERVES: Grant Suprenant, G, 6-5, 180, Jr. (1.8 ppg.); Mislav Jukic, F, 6-7,
220, So. (2.1 ppg.); Kurt Hoffman, F, 6-7, 225, So. (1.2 ppg.).
NEWCOMERS TO WATCH: Sorena Orandi, G, 6-1, 185

In his third year coach Brian Nash feels the Terriers, with four starters returning, are ready to make a move into the upper echelon of the NEC. To accomplish that they'll probably need to move up the ranks in offense after scoring a league worst 63.1 ppg. last season. The centerpiece is versatile forward Robert Hines, one of seven newcomers who arrived in 2006-2007 and helped the team return to the NEC Tournament after a one-year hiatus. The versatile Hines has the ability to produce points in a variety of ways, powering to the basket or shooting with range. Guard Jamaal Womack showed some offensive pop with 31 points vs. Robert Morris. Terriers aren't big inside but hope to compensate with a motion offense and a solid half court defense ranked fourth in the NEC (69.0 ppg.) last season.

COACH: Brian Nash - At St. Francis and overall: 19-39, 2 years
2006-2007 RECORD: 9-22 overall; 7-11 Northeast (t8th)
2007-2008 HONORS CANDIDATES: Robert Hines.

KEEP AN EYE ON: Freshman Ricky Cadell, a prep school point guard who would fill a critical need.

RETURNING STARTERS (4): Jamaal Womack, G, 5-8, 170 Sr. (10.6 ppg., 2.6 ppg.); Marcus Williams, G/F, 6-3, 220, Sr. (8.2 ppg., 5.1 rpg.); Robert Hines, C/F, 6-5, 250, Sr. (16.5 ppg., 5.9 rpg.); Bass Yessoufou, C, 6-9, 220, Sr. (5.1 ppg., 3.6 rpg.)

RETURNING KEY RESERVES: John Gooden, F, 6-6, 220, Sr. (4.6 ppg., 3.9 rpg.); Kayode Ayeni, F, 6-5, 180, So. (3.0 ppg., 3.2 rpg.)

NEWCOMERS TO WATCH: Ricky Cadell, G, 6-2, 175; Rocco Rubino, G, 6-3, 175; Ishan Phillips, F, ips, 6-8, 210 (JUCO transfer), Otis Campbell, G, 6-2, 195 (JUCO transfer).

STARTERS LOST (1): Allan Sheppard, F, 6-5, 200 (10.8 ppg., 5.1 rpg.)


Led by sophomore guard Jeremy Goode and senior guard Chris Vann the Mount is looking to
progress off last season's first NEC Tournament semifinal appearance in seven years. NEC
contenders normally boast a strong back court and the Mount hopes Goode and Vann fill the mode. Goode, third in the NEC in steals (56) as a rookie and second in total assists (155),
is a pure point who will probably rise in scoring prowess. Either Kelly Beidler or Will
Holland will look to step into the shoes of two-time NEC Defensive Player of the Year Mychal
Kearse. Sam Atupem and Markus Mitchell are being counted on to offer a post up game. Up front
help may have also arrived in freshman Danny Thompson who averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds
as a high school senior.

COACH: Milan Brown - At Mount St. Mary's and overall: 41-76, 4 years
2006-2007 RECORD: 11-20 overall; 9-9 Northeast (t/4th)
2007-2008 HONORS CANDIDATES: Jeremy Goode
KEEP AN EYE ON: Chris Vann, the senior guard should be the focal point of the Mount attack.
RETURNING STARTERS (3): Chris Vann, G, 6-0, 195, Sr. (13.6 ppg., 2.9 rpg.); Jeremy Goode, G,
5-9, 170, So. (10.1 ppg., 5.0 apg.); Sam Atupem, F, 6-7, 240, Jr. (5.7 ppg., 3.4 rpg.)
RETURNING KEY RESERVES: Kelly Beidler, F, 6-5, 205, So. (5.8 ppg., 3.2 rpg.); Will Holland,
G/F, 6-4, 215, So. (5.5 ppg., 2.1 rpg.); Markus Mitchell, F, 6-7, 245, Jr. (4.9 ppg., 3.5 rpg.)
NEWCOMERS TO WATCH: Danny Thompson, F, 6-7, 205; Shawn Atupem, F, 6-7, 195.

STARTERS LOST (2): Mychal Kearse, G, 6-4, 205 (11.5 ppg., 5.9 rpg.); Gus Durr, F, 6-6, 220
(8.4 ppg., 3.8 rpg.)


Despite taking major hits at graduation the Blue Devils aren't totally starting over after winning their third NEC championship in eight years. Gone, however, is 2007 NEC Player of theYear Javier Mojica but the cupboard still has a jewel remaining in guard Tristan Blackwood.The senior has amassed 1102 career points and has a shot to challenge the school record of1,734 points set by Damian Johnson (1993). He'll be flanked by returning shooting guard JoeSeymore. Still, CCSU will have to fill voids left not only by Mojica but rebounding machineObie Nwadike who snared almost 1,000 career caroms. Coach Howie Dickenman, who has posted thehighest winning percentage in NEC Tournament play among active head coaches (14-6, .700) willlook to reload with an array of freshmen and a junior college transfer.

COACH: Howie Dickenman - At Central Connecticut and overall: 178-145, 11 years
2006-2007 RECORD: 22-12 overall; 16-2 Northeast (1st).

2007-2008 HONORS CANDIDATES: Tristan Blackwood
KEEP AN EYE ON: Joe Seymore who hit 66 3s as a freshman shooting from 37 % from deep.
RETURNING STARTERS (2): Tristan Blackwood, G, 6-0, 170 Sr. (17.1 ppg., 4.1 apg.); Joe Seymore,G, 6-3, 185, Soph. (7.5 ppg., 2.1 rpg.).

RETURNING KEY RESERVE: Dan Powell, G, 6-0, 175, Sr. (2.4 ppg., 1.4 apg.)

NEWCOMERS TO WATCH: Marcus Palmer, F, 6-6, 215 (JUCO transfer); Ken Horton, F, 6-6, 190; TamirJohnson, F, 6-6, 205; Jermaine Washington, G, 5-11, 165

STARTERS LOST (3): Obie Nwadike, F, 6-4, 225 (14.4 ppg., 10.7 rpg.); Javier Mojica, G, 6-3,180 (16.8 ppg., 7.1 rpg.); Jemino Sobers, C, 6-7, 245 (9.0 ppg., 5.5 rpg.).


FDU's backbone figures to be its returning back court players Cameron Tyler and Manny Ubilla. Tyler blossomed as a sophomore point guard last season, adept at searching out the open manand driving to the basket. Ubilla (Freehold) was a point making addition from the junior college ranks. Forward Eric Hazard (CBA) was No. 4 in the NEC in 3-point shooting (41.2%). He'll need to be on target again as the Knights will be seeking an inside game with the departure of burly center and NEC scoring leader Andre Harris. Overall, FDU is in for a massive front line overhaul and hopes to locate a few more points from its bench. Coach Tom Green starts his 25th year at the helm, six wins shy of his 400th career victory.

COACH: Tom Green - At FDU and overall: 394-308, 24 years
2006-2007 RECORD: 14-16 overall; 9-9 Northeast (t4th)
2007-2008 HONORS CANDIDATES: Cameron Tyler
KEEP AN EYE ON: Manny Ubilla. The senior sharp shooter, with a year under his belt after transferring from junior college, could blossom into one of the top scorers in the NEC.

RETURNING STARTERS (2): Cameron Tyler, G, 6-0, 190 Jr. (14.3 ppg., 5.1 apg.); Manny Ubilla, G,6-2, 185, Sr. (11.9 ppg., 4.3 rpg.)

RETURNING KEY RESERVES: Bernell Murray, G, 5-9, 173, Sr. (3.7 ppg., 1.3 rpg.); Sean Baptiste,G, 6-3, 185, So. (4.6 ppg., 2.1 rpg.); Eric Hazard, F, 6-6, 213, Sr. (5.3 ppg., 2.3 rpg., 42.33-pt%)

NEWCOMERS TO WATCH: Mike Luby, C, 6-10, 260; Jordan Stasyszyn, G, 6-2, 185; John Galvin, F, 6-8, 200.STARTERS LOST (3): Andre Harris, 6-8, 233, Sr. (18.8 ppg., 7.5 rpg.); Michael Peeples, F, 6-7,211 (11.9 ppg., 5.6 rpg.); Jordan Ingram, F, 6-7, 210 (1.8 ppg., 3.6 rpg.).


A group of veterans including some late season starters return for LIU which was expected to contend in 2006-2007. Instead it fell prey to inconsisteny and periodic injuries. Despitesenior guard James Williams climbing to fourth all-time on school scoring charts (1,710 careerpoints) LIU dropped three of its final four games and failed to qualify for the NECTournament. Now it will bank on point guard Jaytornah Wisseh and forward Eugene Kotorobai who picked up some scoring when slack when starter Aubin Scott went down with a season ending shoulder problem. A young but athletic team also has high expectations from newcomers like prep school guard David Hicks and junior college transfers Ron Manigault and Nehemiah Weicks.

COACH: Jim Ferry - At Long Island U. and overall: 53-85, 5 years
2006-2007 RECORD: 10-19 overall; 6-12 Northeast (10th)
2007-2008 HONORS CANDIDATES: Eugene Kotorobai
KEEP AN EYE ON: Jaytornah Wisseh who started the last seven games and led LIU in assists

RETURNING STARTERS (3): Eugene Kotorobai, F, 6-5, 210, Sr. (9.7 ppg., 6.5 rpg.); JaytornahWisseh, G, 6-1, 180, Soph. (8.7 ppg., 2.6 rpg.); Aurimas Adomaitis, F/C, 6-8, 235, So. (6.0ppg., 3.2 rpg.)

RETURNING KEY RESERVES: Tyrone Mattison, G, 5-11, 185, Jr. (6.3 ppg., 2.8 rpg.); PaskaMorkeliunas, F, 6-7, 230 (4.5 ppg., 3.7 rpg.).NEWCOMERS TO WATCH: David Hicks, G, 6-1, 170; Ron Manigault, F, 6-4, 205 (JUCO transfer); Nehemiah Weicks, G, 5-11 (JUCO transfer); Ike YPredictions1. CCSU9. FDU10.11.udanoh, F, 6-7, 190.

STARTERS LOST (2): James Williams, G, 5-10, 175 (16.2 ppg., 2.7 rpg.); Aubin Scott, G, 6-2,185 (9.7 ppg., 6.8 rpg.)


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. Long Island U.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Say it ain't so Tony, Say it ain't so. I hope this ain't a prelude to what is to come for the season. You are killing me!!! Oh the humanities! Ah Dios Mio! Holy Guacamole! OH GEEEESE! LOL. Just kidding Tony, don't take it serious......

7:00 PM, August 10, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

I am posting a partial comment from a blogger:

Tony.. it looks as if you may have monmouth in the playoffs which barring a youngblood/coleman all nec 1st team year.. won't happen unless they get the 8th spot which is already taken in your prediciton.

The first part of the blog which I received was an alleged statement of fact which was not totally accurate.

9:11 PM, August 10, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Re: Those comments that were inadvertently lost..if any of you would like to take a few moments to re send them I will be happy to run them for you. Again, my apologies.

1:23 AM, August 11, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


If you're right with your prediction, it looks like my hatred for Wagner will once again surface this season!

10:29 AM, August 13, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Re: Wagner. With all their experience plus the return of Vinson I don't see how they can't challenge.

10:52 AM, August 13, 2007  
Anonymous mu mystery coach said...

Might it be St. Francis of PA that you are looking to crawl out of the bottom this year?

3:04 PM, August 13, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...


Well....we'll just have to let the suspense ride out for a day or two. I just know they are trembling with anticipation on some mountain top in Loretto, Pa.

4:54 PM, August 13, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I just thought you'd like to know that there was a subliminal Monmouth reference on Sportscenter this weekend. While I was watching it Sunday morning, they had a "home video" segment where they mention some of the videos that they have received over the years, from crazy pinata swings to Uncle Larry doing something silly, to even an 80-foot buzzer beater. As soon as I heard that, I thought of Persia's heave to lift Princeton over the Hawks and big Kev's absent look of disbelief.

11:41 AM, August 14, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Ah...Ed Persia's 80-footer. It banked in I believe ...

11:46 AM, August 14, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

And from now on...all "wild happenings" at Boylan Gym (and the new arena) should be forever archived via streaming video!!

11:50 AM, August 14, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

To "Hit a free throw". There are rumors of what you speak ..... Nothing official...... yet.

4:30 PM, August 14, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

rumors of what? where was today's update?

9:47 PM, August 14, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Re: rumors. That was for Hit a Free throw.

But - from now on - I'm not going to trade messages on a blog. I just won't run the particular comment....

Sorry about that "Hit a Free Throw.' It's not personal. Your comments have never been a problem.

But on some subjects I would rather just exchange chat via e-mail...( update Tuesday..don't want to finish this too fast....

11:39 PM, August 14, 2007  
Anonymous mu mystery coach said...

I bet you're going to throw Mount St. Mary's behind St. Francis PA in the middle of the pack next.

3:04 PM, August 15, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

The suspense is building.......................

4:19 PM, August 15, 2007  
Anonymous mu mystery coach said...

Surprised you put St Francis NY so high. I had you pegged for putting them at #10. Sad to hear about Mike Shipman. Any chance MU makes a late run at Qarran Calhoun, the reported transfer earlier on this blog?

9:54 AM, August 17, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Re: Calhoun. Have been unable to confirm his status one way or the other. They have not posted their 2007-08 roster on their web site yet...

10:26 AM, August 17, 2007  
Anonymous mu mystery coach said...

I would guess that you are going with MU at 2! Just kidding...Probably Robert Morris would be your selection there, who were my #1 pick.

1:26 PM, August 17, 2007  
Anonymous mu mystery coach said...

Hi Tony. Just wanted to let you know I participated in a chat with ESPN analyst Kyle Whelliston about mid-major hoops today. I asked him what he thought we would see from the NEC see this year, letting him know I am an MU alumni/fan. He said:
Congrats , but you're lucky to get to go to games at Boylan, one of my favorite gyms in the country. Last year's Hawks were great offensively but got few chances at the basket because they turned it over so much. They should be much improved this year, and have the most exciting young guard in the league, Jhamar Youngblood. Sacred Heart will also be good with their returning talent, and CCSU is always in-shape and well-coached.
-Always nice to get an expert opinion when possible regarding the NEC.

4:13 PM, August 20, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Re: ESPN. I agree with him in many aspects ...Last year's problems were ill-timed turnovers and - of course - defense... and "The Jet" should be primed for take off.

And.. assuming there is no Shipman this year ( a virtual forgone conclusion by now - unofficially everyone but the third graders in Jackson have told me he's leaving) -
someone (Hett?) has to run the offense with a purpose (which could be to get the ball to Jhamar or Whitney ) if (when) the plays break down...

4:21 PM, August 20, 2007  
Anonymous mu mystery coach said...

FoxSports website has reported that Quaaran Calhoun will be transferring out of St. John's. Any chance you will be asking/URGING MU coaches about any mutual interest/contact between the two parties?

4:53 PM, August 20, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Here is the release from St. John' is on the SJU web site...

St. John’s head men’s basketball coach Norm Roberts announced that rising sophomore forward Qa’rraan Calhoun (Hazlet, N.J.) has withdrawn from the University and plans to transfer to another institution for the 2007-08 season.

“Qa’rraan and his family have made the decision for him to transfer,” said Roberts. “He leaves the team in good academic standing, and we wish him the best of luck with his decision.”

“This has been a difficult decision to make,” said Calhoun. “But I feel it is what is best for me and my family right now. I want to thank Coach Roberts and the coaching staff for the opportunities they gave me here at St. John’s, and my teammates as well.”

Calhoun played in all 31 of St. John’s games in 2006-07 as a freshman, and drew 10 starts, averaging 5.9 points per game and 4.0 rebounds in 22.5 minutes.

5:06 PM, August 20, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

I would imagine the MU coaches have to know about this and would be interested...the question is - would he be interested in MU..??or does he want to remain ""big time." ... (RU, Seton Hall, where ever)...

5:12 PM, August 20, 2007  
Anonymous mu mystery coach said...

Any chance you can find out from Coach Calloway etc. if there is any mutual interest and let us know?

5:15 PM, August 20, 2007  
Anonymous mu mystery coach said...

I agree, that would be TREMENDOUS!

6:29 PM, August 20, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Re: MU's interest: Trust me - MU is interested, but one might be interested in dating Miss America. There has to be that mutual attraction....MU did poke around with him and his Raritan teamate at the time - PG Marques Johnson who went to Boston U where he hasn't been playing much..

Ok..I just talked with Steve Keller of the National Recruiting Report..he said

""He (Calhoun) can't go to another Big East school because he would have to sit out two years (so much for RU and Seton Hall).

Keller said - ""If he stays in the Northeast he would have to go down a level...U Mass, URI, A-10 schools, possibly Manhattan.

""Unless he wants to come home and go to Monmouth where he'd be tremendous.

6:42 PM, August 20, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

I will try (and others should, too) check the NY papers web sites..especially tomorrow..maybe they will shed some light on Q's future plans..

I had two numbers for him from high school.... but - neither are any good now...

6:54 PM, August 20, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


just a suggestion...
your last note on this thread advised people to go to the archives to find it if it dropped off the current list -- you were afraid of losing the comments. Don't worry about old comments on this; the thread is so timely now (between the Calhoun news and your apparently low selection of MU for this season) that new comments will flood in. Just make sure the thread can be seen again by placing it on top again.

9:22 AM, August 21, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Re: this thread.

Am probaby going to leave it where it is..and refer to it on top. Very laborious at this stage to copy the entire thread and place it on's still should be relatively easy to locate..

11:18 AM, August 21, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Or...I may just move the predictions up front...

11:19 AM, August 21, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All's left is numbers 7 & 1o for MU. What does it matter -- the outlook this season is bleak.

9:33 AM, August 23, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If MU is 10th pick so be it,but if they end up 10th for 08 after 9th for 07 it will be a big year for Calloway in 09 season.I dont see any chance that MU can get back to a upper level NEC by 09.I hope I am wrong but thats what it looks like today...

7:55 PM, August 23, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

To last poster - I disagree there. If they are not good this year...I still would expect a genuine rise the following season if they are going to remain a solid NEC program..

Next year (are`we writing this one off already?) "Jet" is a junior and Whitney a senior..but then this year's frosh (first year players, whatever) need to make that successful first-to-second year leap which I have seen often among MU's better players.....Blake Hamilton most recently comes to mind ...

8:08 PM, August 23, 2007  

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