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SBU Men's Basketball / 2019 Recruiting
« on: May 13, 2019, 09:34:35 pm »
Vermont with another big signing from the transfer pool - 6’8” Duncan Demuth from Oklahoma State. This comes a week after they snatched grad transfer Daniel Giddens from Alabama. These guys don’t have big numbers behind them, but they’re big boys who were three stars or better out of HS.

Here’s a look at Demuth, who we will see three years of.

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SBU Men's Basketball / 2019-2020 Season
« on: May 10, 2019, 08:37:00 am »
I don’t know much about the mental makeup of the incoming talent, but I do worry about physicality and grit. Cornish and Yeboah were tremendous competitors, and Moor provided physicality and energy off the bench. Long was a nuisance defensively. They all competed, and I think we are going to miss the group as a whole on the glass - even Cornish. Theyre replaced with kids - and I’m sure they’re all good! - but are they ready to get after it? Vermont will be huge again, same with Albany, UMBC has a lot of experience. Will this roster, with all these fresh faces and young bodies, be ready to defend, get on the floor, get on the boards and battle?

Down one, 10 seconds left, who gets the ball? Who wants the ball?

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SBU Men's Basketball / Re: 2019 Recruiting
« on: May 03, 2019, 04:01:59 pm »
Weber and Ford have been very active on the recruiting front.

Tavin Pierre - a Boston U Decommit
Is on a visit right now. We had an official with Frankie Pollicelli a week or 2 ago and it’s looking good.
We are bringing Gavin Bizeau a 6’11 skilled forward on campus next week from Duquesne. (Duquesne coaches are idiots for letting a kid this big and this skilled walk out the door). He’d have to sit one and play 3 years.

If Ford lands 2 of these 3, you’ve got major fire power going into the 20-21 season with the entire Squad from this upcoming season returning. We don’t need any one for this season. Getting 2 steals on the transfer market in the AE can ensure your roster never has a dip in talent. Never to be forgotten is what UMBC was able to do mainly because they got their hands on the RIGHT TYPE of A10 transfer.

Thank you for the update!

As I see it, we lost Yeboah/Moor/Long/Cornish and have we have added Gueye/Stephenson-Moore, definitely a net minus, not in terms of body count, but overall talent, and I certainly mean no disrespect to the 2 new signees.  Hard to replace a 17/8 guy, who was your main stud.

I hope Tavin Pierre joins us, but i'd like to see us active in the Transfer pool this year, to complement our core.  We may be dealing with Garcia leaving next year, if he has a solid year upcoming.

Policelli would need to sit a year as well, no?

Hadn't thought about that. Maybe he ends up at Rutgers also.

SBU Men's Basketball / Re: 2019-2020 Scheduling Info?
« on: April 25, 2019, 10:10:40 am »

“Schedule is coming together for @StonyBrookMBB although many area teams refusing to schedule home-and-home. So many teams within driving distance of us that all struggle to get home games and we’re willing to play any of them.”

Between this and the stuff surrounding Boals’ departure, he’s been a little feistier than usual on Twitter.

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SBU Men's Basketball / Re: 2019 Recruiting
« on: April 25, 2019, 10:08:47 am »
This makes Vermont losing Lamb even more crucial

Pray he at the very least winds up in an NBA camp somewhere. He's good enough to get taken in the 2nd round though. Dude was top 5 scoring in the country IIRC and basically carried Vermont.

Further to yesterday's discussion, looks like Akwasi is going the transfer route, as opposed to going pro, per several Twitter posts today:

"Stony Brook transfer Akwasi Yeboah (16.7 ppg, 7.7 rpg) has already visited Rutgers, and told @Stadium he will head to both SMU and TCU this week. Also considering Marquette, Clemson and Arkansas."

All good opportunities to prove himself, but I'm really wondering why Clemson and Arkansas of all places are on the list. Oh well. Best of luck to him.

Because they expressed interest? And because it’s the ACC and SEC?

Clemson loses four of their five starters from this past year, including their top three scorers. They’re probably looking for immediate help.

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SBU Men's Basketball / Re: Yeboah departs
« on: April 24, 2019, 03:43:14 pm »
Other AE transfer candidates. Asterisks denote immediate eligibility. I bolded the ones that I believe to be most notable.

Reece Brooks, G, Albany
Philip Flory, G, Albany
Thomas Bruce, F, Binghamton
Tyler Stewart, G, Binghamton
Albert Odero, F, Binghamton
Dennis Ashley, F, Maine*
David Begic, F, Maine
Vincent Eze, F, Maine*
Lewis Wang, G, Maine
Isaiah White, G, Maine*
John Ogwuche, G, New Hampshire
David Hall, F, New Hampshire
Joey Naccarato, G, UMass Lowell
Alex Rivera, G, UMass Lowell
Ra Kpedi, F, Vermont (committed to IPFW)

Hartford picked up an interesting transfer in guard Traci Carter, who started 19 games at Marquette in 2015-16, transferred to La Salle midway through his sophomore year, sat out last year, and is now immediately eligible at UH.

The Rivera news is surprising to me. For a kid to cite "lack of touches" as a reason to leave, and then say he think he's a high major talent, tells me all I need to know about him. A nice player but give me a break.

SBU Men's Basketball / Re: Around the AE/country
« on: April 19, 2019, 11:52:21 pm »
Source: Vermont's Anthony Lamb has declared for the 2019 NBA Draft.

I give him a 80% chance of returning to school. I’m surprised he’s not a transfer candidate truthfully. He has done everything that he can in the AE.

Who was the last AE player to declare early like this? Has it ever happened? It’s been over 25 years since Vin Baker got drafted.

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SBU Men's Basketball / Re: Yeboah departs
« on: April 18, 2019, 10:31:19 am »
ICYMI, Akwasi is ranked as the 21st best immediately eligible transfer according to ESPN.

SBU Men's Basketball / Re: 2019 Recruiting
« on: April 11, 2019, 10:11:29 am »
Again checking Twitter, Moor has recently followed coaches at Arkansas Tech, Southern New Hampshire, Central Washington, Lindenwood, Drury, Northwest Missouri State, and the lone D-I, IUPUI. Many, many D-IIs and jucos have begun following him. I do think he's a D-I talent, but it looks like he's not wanting to sit a year, and I don't blame him.

SBU Men's Basketball / Re: 2019 Recruiting
« on: April 10, 2019, 03:20:33 pm »
I liked Moor's energy, toughness and defensive intensity. Offensively, he was one of those guys who would decide he was going to shoot it 20 feet from the basket, whether it was an open lane or three people standing in front of him. If Ford was going to play up-tempo, I thought that he and Long would fit in nicely, but they have other plans.

I wouldn't read too much into his departure. It happens so often with coaching changes, and there are hundreds and hundreds of players in the transfer portal – something like two per D-I school. We're not far from the average. In addition to Gueye, I expect we'll have at least one other juco on the roster this fall.

SBU Men's Basketball / Re: 2019 Recruiting
« on: April 09, 2019, 04:07:31 pm »
Frankie Policelli, who had us on his radar out of high school, has entered the transfer portal. He played marginal minutes at Dayton this year. It's worth noting that he played high school ball alongside SBU commit Tyler Stephenson-Moore. I didn't love Policelli's game based on the limited video that I watched, but others who know a lot more than I do did.

SBU Men's Basketball / Re: New Head Coach GENO FORD
« on: April 09, 2019, 12:24:43 pm »
With Cronin off to UCLA, I wonder if Boals would have been a consideration for the Cincinnati job.

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SBU Men's Basketball / Re: NBA G League
« on: April 03, 2019, 11:30:32 am »
The Nets have had 3200 and 2400 fans in their two playoff games. Do you think they get that out here? Tickets would have to be cheap.

SBU Men's Basketball / Re: New Head Coach GENO FORD
« on: April 02, 2019, 11:31:02 am »
How do they hold a press conference and the media asks three questions? Give me the darn mike.

Nice event though. They said there were four players in attendance with the rest being in class; I only saw Garcia and believe Ochefu was there too. Maybe Christie?

I'm encouraged by the prospect of using our athletes to speed teams up. I didn't think we did enough of that this year. If we had, maybe Long would have gotten more run and stayed!

I thought it was interesting that Heilbron said the department's goal is to reach a point where "when people think of March Madness, they think of Stony Brook." I dunno about that one, but I'm all for lofty.

SBU Men's Basketball / Re: Yeboah departs
« on: April 02, 2019, 10:56:12 am »
I feel like a stalker and this could mean absolutely nothing, but Yeboah and SMU assistant Jay Duncan recently followed each other on Twitter. From my experience, it's been an easy way to find out the connections that people are making – Almonacy, Campbell, etc.

Before saying that this wouldn't be much of an upgrade, don't forget that the AAC put four teams in the tournament this year.

Again, could be nothing.

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