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SBU Men's Basketball / Re: Seawolves win 2019 AE title
« on: October 22, 2018, 02:35:09 pm »
I actually found that to be encouraging. Although Fordham is rotten, they do belong to the A-10, and having a 7-point lead on them into the second half is a great sign - especially if we learn from the collapse.

Hearing the great reports about Olaniyi, Latimer and Otchere is phenomenal. We know Akwasi will be a stud. And if Cornish has matured, we're looking at something special - soon.

We all know this, but because of our youth, we're gonna be so much better later in the year than we are right now.

Worth noting ... GW and Fordham are in the same paragraph as far as where they ought to finish in the A-10.

FWIW, KenPom has us going 15-15, 9-7 in conference, good for a third-place tie with UMBC. I realize this is all stat-crunching but still, not too shabby with such a young group.

SBU Men's Basketball / Re: Seawolves win 2019 AE title
« on: October 22, 2018, 12:16:18 pm »
They've customarily opened up a practice to season ticket holders. Has anyone heard of that happening this year? Maybe this weekend?

GreatK, how do you pronounce Otchere's last name? I've been saying "Aw-chair-ay"

Olaniyi is such a throwback. Never takes possessions off, never showboats, plays both ends of the floor, and was a leader even as a freshman. You could always count on him going to the goal and getting on the glass, but I'm eager to see if he has the touch from distance this year. Lord knows we need it. Last year's seniors were pretty pedestrian, but when Yeboah wasn't on the floor, you could still envision getting production from Ty, UC, Saintel, Sekunda maybe. If Akwasi needs a breather or in foul trouble (as he'll be on occasion), I suppose we lean on Olaniyi and, based on K's assessment, Latimer.

SBU Men's Basketball / Re: America East Pre-Season Coaches Poll
« on: October 17, 2018, 07:03:00 pm »
Barely a mention of us on the AE podcast with Jeff Goodman. It had the feel of a magazine preview. Far from a deep dive. I expected more.

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SBU Men's Basketball / Re: 2019 Recruiting
« on: October 17, 2018, 12:49:30 pm »
wow.  didnt see that coming.... is it a typo (the stars)?

ESPN has him as a 2-star I believe.

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SBU Men's Basketball / America East Pre-Season Coaches Poll
« on: October 17, 2018, 12:07:26 pm »

We came in tied for fourth with Albany – which had a complete upheaval!

I have no real problem with the pre-season all-conference team. I'm glad to see Akwasi get his due praise.

SBU Men's Basketball / Re: Seawolves win 2019 AE title
« on: October 16, 2018, 05:14:58 pm »
preseason rankings:

4. Stony Brook
The Seawolves do have a number of things going for them entering the new year – guard Akwasi Yeboah is the conference’s leading returning scorer and backcourt mate Elijah Olaniyi is a national star in the making.

Those two players will have Stony Brook competing in the top half of the conference, but outside of them, there’s a lot to replace. Five of their top eight scorers from last year’s team are gone, and head coach Jeff Boals is counting on several young players to replace them. Expect Stony Brook to have a shorter rotation this year and an offense that completely centers around Yeboah, Olaniyi, and Jaron Cornish.

Geesh. I just can't take any of these fringe sites seriously if they aren't doing the work. I don't expect a shorter rotation at all, do you? And Olaniyi is a national star in the making? Hey, I LOVE the kid as much as anyone but I'd love to hear where he heard that.

SBU Men's Basketball / Re: OT: LIU Combining Athletic Programs
« on: October 14, 2018, 10:09:36 am »
ICYMI, Almonacy has transferred to Southern New Hampshire. Good landing spot.

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SBU Men's Basketball / Re: Seawolves win 2019 AE title
« on: October 10, 2018, 01:06:51 pm »
I wouldn't put too much stock into the Magazines rankings. They pay very little attention to smaller leagues,do no research on our recruits and can't guage off season Development.
In 2016, Tennessee had a NY kid named Kevin Punter(JUCO transfer) who went from 10 PPG to 22 PPG JR to Sr year while only playing 3 more minutes per game. Only one's who could predict that drastic of improvement were the one's close to his development.

We have the most talented Roster in the league, No question about it.
I'm buying Yeboah as a perimeter threat. He shot 35% on 4.5 attempts per last season. He'll be at 38-39% on 5 attempts per this season.
Olaniyi is true to his craft and should jump from 31% to 35% , he's shooting it way better and his work ethic is something we all know about.(Media has no idea). Olaniyi looks like the type of kid that makes that year to year jump I mentioned Kevin Punter making.
If we have 3 guys shooting 35% or better from long range we'll be respected behind the line.
Which like you guys said, will clear out space for the big fellas to work down low but also it will create hard close outs for dudes like Olaniyi,Cornish and Lattimer to boogie to the basket in a straight line.

I'd like to believe this, but like others haven't seen us, we haven't seen them. That said, between Latimer and Otchere, I believe in this coaching staff's ability to recruit.

On top of the Fordham scrimmage, I think that the GW game is very much winnable. They lost a ton.

SBU Men's Basketball / Re: Seawolves win 2019 AE title
« on: October 10, 2018, 11:03:32 am »
Thanks to the Great Coach Weber I've gotten a few glismpes of practice. Man oh man I'm salivating.
Lattimer will be AE Rookie of the year. Book it now. He's big time. Shoots it out to 26 feet effortlessly. He simply needs to wake up everyday believing he's the baddest dude on Earth to maximize his abilities,cause he has a boatload.
This team can be special.

Love it, GreatK. I sure hope you're right. Because of how early they come out, these preseason magazines can't do too much of a deep dive, but FWIW, Lindy's and Athlon each had us ranked fourth in the preseason. I'll be interested to see how the AE coaches vote.

SBU Men's Basketball / Re: Seawolves in the pros
« on: October 06, 2018, 04:46:52 pm »
Ty had 18 and 18 in his pro debut.

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SBU Men's Basketball / Re: OT: LIU Combining Athletic Programs
« on: October 03, 2018, 11:39:16 pm »
In basketball, LIU Brooklyn was already D1 and in the NEC, so no change there. They also already had baseball in D1, so again, no change there with that. The only thing really different now is they'll have D1 football and presumably men's Lacrosse (VIA LIU Post). In football, they'll be in the NEC, while we're in the CAA. The higher level of competition alone should win over 90% of recruits considering both schools.  We're also the superior academic institution across the board despite them being private. Regarding lacrosse,LIU Post's men's team would be moving up from D2 presumably, so I don't think we need to be scared of a D2 program. Certainly not in the near term. They may not even be able to sponsor men's LAX if they intend to award all their scholarships for FCS football due to Title IX. Everything that makes SBU as a school superior to LIU applies across the board over all sports and that matters to recruits.

I'm really not all that concerned. The only thing this changes is that we can't claim we're Long Island's only Division 1 football team anymore. We were able to use that tagline in the decade give or take since Hofstra shut down their program.

I'm not really thinking about it from an SBU perspective but rather that kids will be without roster spots and coaches are in these lame-duck situations now. I expect a mass exodus.

SBU Men's Basketball / OT: LIU Combining Athletic Programs
« on: October 03, 2018, 06:57:28 pm »

What an absolute bomb this is. Lives turned upside down.

With D-I hoops in Brooklyn, I’ll bet Almonacy bolts for another situation now.

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SBU Men's Basketball / Re: Looking ahead to 2018-19
« on: October 01, 2018, 12:22:33 pm »
FWIW, College Sports Madness came out with previews on teams in its Top 144. Vermont came in at #106 and is the predicted AE representative in the NCAA Tournament, while Hartford was ranked #134.

I'm not a big CSM guy – my impression is it's just a bunch of kids making peanuts, if anything, to add a line on their resumes and some clips to their portfolio. There's not a lot of meat to these. But nevertheless, it whets the appetite for college hoops talk a bit.

SBU Men's Basketball / Re: Seawolves in the pros
« on: October 01, 2018, 09:48:41 am »
Saintel had 17 and 9 last week in CB Clavijo's preseason game on Friday night. CBC plays in Spain's third division. Happy that Junior is still in the game!

SBU Men's Basketball / Re: 2018-19 schedule
« on: September 28, 2018, 12:40:44 am »
If you're planning your weekend nights over the winter, better include the Seawolves. The schedule now includes tip times and count 'em up: SIX home games on Saturday night. No complaints from me whatsoever. Love the IFCU atmosphere when the community's out in force. It's an EVENT!

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