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UNCW Seahawks 2012-13 Preview

by - Published November 7, 2012 in Conference Notes

UNCW Seahawks (10-21 overall, 5-13 conference)




Projected starting five:

Fr. G Craig Ponder
Jr. G Tanner Milson
So. G Freddie Jackson
Sr. F Keith Rendleman
So. F Cedric Williams

Important departures:

Three starters are gone, all via the transfer route: G Adam Smith (13.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.6 apg), Donte Morales (7.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.5 apg) and K.K. Simmons ( 7.0 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.9 apg)


53.1 percent of scoring and 71.1 percent of rebounding


Jr. G Marcus Graham (junior college)
Sr. G Tyree Graham (transfer from Rutgers)
Fr. G Chris Dixon
Fr. C C.J. Gettys
Fr. F Luke Hager
Fr. F Alex Kilmartin
Fr. G Craig Ponder (redshirted)
Fr. F Dylan Sherwood

Schedule Highlights:

The Seahawks won’t have it easy, but it won’t be like last year when they had to travel all over the place. But they have five home games on tap, with road dates at Ohio, Purdue, Davidson, Richmond, Marshall and Georgia Tech. In CAA play, they catch a break by getting George Mason and Drexel just once each.

Projected finish and outlook:

A year after the Seahawks looked to be starting over, they appear to be doing just that again as three underclassmen transferred in part because the program was declared ineligible for the NCAA Tournament due to low APR scores. The Seahawks once again are a team heavy in freshmen and sophomores, and although they have one of the conference’s best players in Rendleman and a rising star in Williams they also have a lot of questions. Ponder returns after redshirting last season, and should immediately run the show as their most talented floor leader. Milson and Jackson are capable perimeter partners, while Tyree Graham could start right away as well as one of the team’s most experienced players despite being a newcomer to the program. The real strength is up front as there is potentially very good depth behind Rendleman and Williams, the latter of whom made big strides late last season. Last season was a rebuilding year, but this season looks to be another one in Wilmington as they try to build for being eligible for postseason play again in another year.

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William & Mary Tribe 2012-13 Preview

by - Published November 7, 2012 in Conference Notes

William & Mary Tribe (6-26 overall, 4-14 conference)

Projected starting five:

Jr. G Brandon Britt
Sr. G Matt Rum
So. G Marcus Thornton
Jr. F Kyle Gaillard
Jr. F Tim Rusthoven

Important departures:

Two starters have departed: G-F Quinn McDowell (12.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.6 apg) and G Kendrix Brown (4.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.6 apg)


72.3 percent of scoring and 70.8 percent of rebounding


Fr. F Sean Sheldon
Fr. G-F Terry Tarpey

Schedule Highlights:

The Tribe will get some challenges in non-conference play as they have road games at Purdue, Vanderbilt, Richmond and Wake Forest. Home games are hard to come by, with just four on the slate, and aside from the aforementioned road games it’s not an overwhelming schedule. Early in CAA play, they play three straight on the road before coming home for three straight.

Projected finish and outlook:

Last year was one to forget for the Tribe as they were ravaged by injuries and never got untracked. McDowell was never 100 percent and Gaillard had to redshirt, and the inconsistency of Britt and Boatner didn’t help. It’s a new year, though, and there is good talent returning primarily on the perimeter. Britt and Thornton can create all day, while Rum can play off them well as the third guard. If Boatner finds his stroke again, which is not a given since he had knee surgery over the summer, the Tribe will have as deep a perimeter unit as any team in the conference, especially since Tarpey will be too good to keep on the bench. Gaillard’s return is a big boost up front, where Rusthoven very ably held down the fort as well as could be expected last season. With Gaillard back and sophomore Tom Schalk ready to make a jump after they hoped to redshirt him last year, the frontcourt in theory will be significantly better this time around. Gaillard gives them more options, including defensively, and if others up front like Schalk and Fred Heldring benefit from the experience they gained last season, it will be a blessing in disguise. Only Hofstra allowed opponents to shoot a better percentage from the field last season, and if the offense struggles at times again the defense will have no choice but to be better. William & Mary is usually a team with little margin for error, and this team doesn’t look any different in that regard.

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Exhibition loss could be a blessing in disguise for Holy Cross

by - Published November 5, 2012 in Columns, Your Phil of Hoops

WORCESTER, Mass. – Sunday’s 71-63 loss to neighboring Assumption College was certainly not what Milan Brown wanted. But regardless of the result, the Holy Cross mentor, now in his third season at the school, was surely going to come away knowing his team had a good deal of work ahead.

“We knew there were some holes that we needed to fill,” said Brown after Sunday’s game. “I’m hoping that this is a blessing in disguise for us.”

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Boston College is still young but should be significantly improved

by - Published October 24, 2012 in Columns, Your Phil of Hoops

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Year two of Steve Donahue’s new-look Boston College is upon us, and it’s clear there is progress.  Last year, Donahue’s second season at The Heights, represented a quick turnover of the roster from the Al Skinner days with a very young roster, but this time around the team is still very young but much more experienced.  There’s also a lot to like about this group, especially if the spirited and competitive early practice they had is any indication.

The picture of this team is clearer now than a year ago, and that’s not surprising.  This group has a track record in college and a wealth of college experience they didn’t have a year ago, so they have more to build on.  They also went on a trip to Spain near the end of the summer, which also helped this team.

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Harvard has a good thing going, and youth will not change that

by - Published October 20, 2012 in Columns, Your Phil of Hoops

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – With the college basketball season not far away, we’ll talk about basketball at Harvard. We won’t dwell on the two players the Crimson won’t have this season that they were supposed to, and Tommy Amaker has probably been asked about that more than he cares to admit. But there is a basketball side to it, and while the Crimson still have very good talent, losing two players unexpectedly has a noticeable effect.

Seniors Kyle Casey and Brandyn Curry won’t play this season, as both withdrew from the university while an investigation into a class they took is ongoing. There were over 100 students in the class that are part of the investigation, so they are hardly alone, but from a basketball standpoint it means the Crimson will be without four starters from last season’s team. That’s a pretty big hit to take, especially since Casey and Curry figured to be leaders on an otherwise young team.

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Northeastern hopes to ride senior backcourt and other key players into CAA contention

by - Published October 18, 2012 in Columns, Your Phil of Hoops

BOSTON – The Colonial Athletic Association will have a little different look this season, but that isn’t true only because one team is gone and two more teams will be gone after this season. Look near the top of the standings and there will likely be a team or two that hasn’t been a traditional contender in the mix. Northeastern hopes to be one of those teams, and there is reason to believe the Huskies can be there.

Northeastern returns four key players from last season’s team that will be the foundation of this season’s team. The last time the Huskies contended in the CAA, it was similar – four core guys and role players that surrounded them. Potentially, this team will have more depth than that team, and the four core players might collectively match the ones from that team.

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2012 CAA Media Day Notes

by - Published October 17, 2012 in Columns

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Colonial Athletic Association held its annual Media Day on Tuesday, and it was sure to be an interesting day. The conference is in some transition, and commissioner Tom Yeager admitted that they weren’t sure what to expect as far as turnout goes. But the turnout still looked to be up there with some prior years, and it was a busy morning with all of the activity.

Here are some notes from the day’s conversations.

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Charlestown could get a boost from talented newcomers

by - Published October 9, 2012 in Columns

CHARLESTOWN, Mass. – While many prep schools hold regular workouts for college coaches at this time of the year, public schools in these parts tend to be a little quiet on that front. But Charlestown High School brought all three of its teams (varsity, junior varsity and freshman) together on Saturday afternoon for coaches to get a look at its players.

Head coach Edson Cardoso, now in his fourth year at the school, organized it for his players who often can’t afford to go to multiple showcases that dot the landscape in the fall. The school has annually been one of the best in the city for over a decade and has sent several players to Division I in that time. This year’s squad is younger, but they aren’t lacking talent and will be able to run with many other schools.

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Will more players follow Vonleh and re-classify back into their original class?

by - Published October 5, 2012 in Columns

Last week began with some big news in the world of recruiting as Noah Vonleh opted to move back into the Class of 2013 after re-classifying into the class of 2014 a year earlier. Vonleh becomes the latest of several players to make that move, but it’s entirely possible he won’t be the last by a long shot – and it may be the case that this trend signals something else.

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At South Kent, less may be more this time around

by - Published September 26, 2012 in Columns

SOUTH KENT, Conn. – In recent years, there was often one team in NEPSAC Class AAA that might give Brewster Academy a run for its money from a talent standpoint.  That team was South Kent, and while they were right there talent-wise it didn’t always translate to contention.  That often happens in the prep ranks, where many players are part of the team for just one season and as a result, it’s hard to build chemistry over time.

This time around, Kelvin Jefferson’s team won’t rival anyone for the most talent, but that doesn’t mean they should be counted out by a long shot.  There is still talent, but there are other reasons to like this team.

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