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URI will be improved but something of a mixed bag for now

by - Published November 2, 2013 in Columns, Your Phil of Hoops

SOUTH KINGSTON, R.I. – You could excuse anyone last year for wanting to look ahead to this season at Rhode Island. There was probably some of that among the fan base, although those in the program didn’t do that. “Next year” is now here, and while expectations are certainly higher for Dan Hurley’s team, in all what they look like is a mixed bag at this point, and that was reinforced in their 93-77 victory over Southern Connecticut State University in an exhibition game on Friday night.

Last year, things got so bad that the Rams had to cancel a scrimmage due to a lack of available scholarship players. That was one more hit to their preseason preparation. This year, there is no such issue.

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The most important players in America

by - Published November 1, 2013 in Columns

Oftentimes, a team’s most important player isn’t necessarily their best player.  While a team’s best player can sometimes carry them to victory, there are some whose play is an important barometer of how their team goes for one reason or another and not necessarily how good an overall player they are.

It’s no accident that for many teams, a point guard fits the bill.  The point guard position is hugely important in basketball and especially in college.  Many a good team with an elite wing or big man has been slowed by a point guard that couldn’t lead the team to the promised land, and likewise many teams have had a point guard emerge unexpectedly and lead them to greater heights than first imagined.  That said, many of the players who made this list don’t play the point.

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Best players no one knows about

by - Published October 30, 2013 in Columns

Marcus Smart gets a lot of attention at Oklahoma State. Rightly so: all he did as a freshman was win Big 12 Player of the Year honors in leading the Cowboys to 24 wins. After that, he bypassed the NBA Draft, where he would surely have been one of the top three selections, and his winning ways continue to get him a lot of publicity and preseason honors this season.

Along the way, it’s easy to miss Markel Brown. But opponents know the senior guard who plays alongside Smart, and they would ignore him at their own peril. Brown might be the best player no one knows about, hidden behind another star on his own team in addition to the conference.

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Notes from Sunday at the Northeast Exposure Showcase Championships

by - Published October 28, 2013 in Columns

DERRY, N.H. – BST Hoops held its Northeast Exposure Showcase Championships and New England Prep All-Star Game this weekend.  Now in its fifth iteration, the event was held at the SportsZone just off Route 28 in Derry and included some of the best players in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, along with some prep school players in one particular game.

Teams from the four states played in scrimmages on Saturday to set up seeding for the tournament portion on Sunday, then a semifinal and championship game was played, with the NE Prep All-Star Game in between.

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It all seems to be coming together for Towson right now

by - Published October 26, 2013 in Columns

BALTIMORE – It didn’t take long for Towson to go from outhouse to penthouse, at least in terms of perception. It was only a couple of years ago that Pat Skerry had taken the job and started off with a depleted roster for the ages, then had a record to match it. Now, the Tigers are the pick to win the CAA title this year, and although there will be some fierce competition, it’s an understandable selection. It’s also the latest indication that the program may be on the verge of turning a corner at last.

For much of their CAA existence, Towson has struggled. The Tigers never had a winning conference record until last season’s 13-5 mark, and had bottomed out the prior two seasons with records of 0-18 and 1-17. The last time they had a winning conference record (and overall record as well) was in their first season in the America East Conference in 1995-96, when it was still known as the North Atlantic Conference.

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New-look CAA trying to find its place in the changing landscape

by - Published October 23, 2013 in Columns, Your Phil of Hoops

BALTIMORE – As the Colonial Athletic Association goes through more changes, it’s natural to wonder where its place is in college basketball now.  The conference has had major membership changes over the last year and a half, and locations for major events like Media Day and the conference tournament are also changing.  While there is certainly a feeling of newness, one wonders what lies ahead for a conference that had a great run from 2006 to 2012 before things changed drastically.

The CAA is just one conference that is changing in an ever-changing landscape.  In the short term, the conference can be labeled one of the losers in the conference maneuvering.  In the last 18 months, George Mason, Old Dominion and VCU – the conference’s signature programs historically – have all departed, along with a Georgia State program that wasn’t in the conference long but looks like it might be on the rise under Ron Hunter.  What remains starts with five former America East schools and then includes newcomer College of Charleston and three charter members in James Madison, UNCW and William & Mary.  Next year, Elon joins the conference.

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Brooks School has a young team with good potential

by - Published October 16, 2013 in Columns

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Brooks School is known much more for academics than athletics. Academically, it’s in a class with few peers among the NEPSAC schools, and it has a campus that’s right up there with the best of them in the very nice suburbs well north of Boston. The basketball program has had some notable players in recent years, including former Connecticut and Missouri forward Alex Oriakhi, and while they don’t have an individual talent on quite that level in 2013-14, they will be a team to keep an eye on.

Brooks will field a young team this season, but figures to be competitive if their younger and more talented players grow up. They have made the NEPSAC Class B semifinals three years in a row and hope to take at least a step further this time around.

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Even with a key departure, Tabor Academy feels they can contend in Class A

by - Published October 14, 2013 in Columns

MARION, Mass. – Tabor Academy figures to be a contender in NEPSAC Class A this year.  That might be quite a statement when you consider they lost their best player from last year as Jarred Reuter transferred to Brewster Academy, but the Seawolves have enough talent and a suitable replacement for how they will play to be in the mix when March rolls around.

The Seawolves have a couple of players recovering from off-season injuries, so Sunday’s open gym didn’t showcase the full team.  Everyone should be ready to go come November, with plenty of perimeter players to go with their new post presence.  Because of that, head coach Chris Millette wants to run often this year.

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Milton Academy has plenty of guards to build around Brennan

by - Published October 8, 2013 in Columns

MILTON, Mass. – In recent years, Milton Academy has emerged in the world of NEPSAC basketball, becoming a consistent tournament contender under Lamar Reddicks. Last season, Reddicks’ fifth at the school, they reached the Class A championship but were out-classed against an excellent Phillips Exeter team. There’s no shame in that, although it was a stinging defeat and one that holdovers of this year’s team will surely have in mind to help drive them for a better result this time around.

Milton lost a few key players from last season, including Ike Ngwudo, who is now a freshman at Dartmouth. But they return some veterans and a couple of players who may break out as part of the support cast to their go-to guy. How they play will determine if this team can make another run toward a championship.

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Charlestown looks ready to rebound from last season

by - Published October 7, 2013 in Columns

CHARLESTOWN, Mass. – Step outside of Charlestown High School and you find you’re in a place with some noteworthy sites.  In one direction is the Bunker Hill Monument, in another you can see the Tobin Bridge that connects Chelsea and Boston.  In another direction is the Schrafft’s building, which can easily be seen from the nearby highway, and a major Hood plant is just around the corner.

The school itself has some history on the hardwood over the past couple of decades, as it has been a powerhouse in the city.  Last year was not one of those years, but Edson Cardoso’s team is planning to make that an aberration.  The Townies have a good deal of talent and the veterans know why last season’s team, inexperienced though it was, disappointed with a 6-14 mark.  They are primed to turn that around with a much more experienced group.

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The show aired on AM 710 WOR in New York City on Sunday evenings starting with Selection Sunday and running through the NCAA Tournament.

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