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SBU Men's Basketball / Re: Seawolves in the pros
« on: October 18, 2019, 09:54:12 pm »
I like to see some guys who helped build this program still going in the pro ranks. Dallis Joyner debuted with Hebraica in the Uruguay pro league, going for 11 points and a game-high 13 boards in his team's 97-80 win over Capitol. Uruguay is the fourth country in which Joyner has played professionally, joining Israel, Slovakia and Colombia.

Made a few updates to the pro list, including Sturdivant's move to Germany and a couple other team transfers. I can't find anything on Iroegbu or Cornish ever actually playing in Spain – I know the latter has a lot on his plate.

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SBU Men's Basketball / America East Preseason Poll
« on: October 17, 2019, 03:21:56 pm »
https://americaeast.com/news/2019/10/17/2019-20-mbbpreseason.aspx

I was pleasantly surprised to see us predicted to finish third, narrowly edging Albany for that spot. I think it will have been a real good year if we get there.

More notable was Olaniyi's omission from the six-player preseason all-conference team. Lamb's an obvious choice, but taking into account both ends of the court as well as leadership, I think you can easily argue for Olaniyi to be there over any of the other five. May the snub motivate him all year long.

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SBU Men's Basketball / Re: 2019-2020 Season
« on: October 11, 2019, 10:34:46 am »
Both Athlon and Street & Smith's picked Stony Brook to finish fourth, behind Vermont (obviously), Albany and UMBC.

That's some meaty bulletin board fodder for the team.

With Hartford graduating their starters, picking the these Top 4 is a no-brainer.  It's too early to pick the ordering of them though, IMO.

Add CBB Central to the list who have us fourth. They have Olaniyi as an all-conference first teamer.

https://cbbcentral.com/2019/10/01/2019-20-32x32-america-east/

FYI, no word yet on whether or not Policelli will be eligible this season.

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SBU Men's Basketball / Re: 2020 Recruiting
« on: September 25, 2019, 03:40:28 pm »
A couple interesting 2020 nuggets.

Zed Key (Brentwood) committed to Ohio State. He was on our radar for a while until the big boys got a look at him.
Andre Curbelo (LuHi) narrowed his list to five schools – Illinois, Oregon, St. John's, Miami and Indiana. Rooting for the Johnnies. He looks like a great college point guard.

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SBU Men's Basketball / Re: 2020 Recruiting
« on: September 25, 2019, 03:38:12 pm »
a 3 star juco is on our radar- malik zachery, a sophomore. http://www.verbalcommits.com/players/malik-zachery

http://chipolaathletics.com/sports/mbkb/2018-19/bios/zachery_malik_rppo

would be tough to beat out UMass for this kid.

UMass (my alma mater) is BRUTAL right now. 2,000 fans in a 9,500 seat arena, players transferring in and out, just a mess. It would be difficult to find a school with a worse football/hoops combo than UMass. But still the A-10 so you have a point.

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SBU Men's Basketball / Re: 2021 Recruiting
« on: August 13, 2019, 02:37:03 pm »
a few more offers for this class went out a week ago: http://www.verbalcommits.com/schools/stony-brook

How do you pronounce the Waters kid's first name? Is it phonetic? Days-juan?

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SBU Men's Basketball / Re: 2019-2020 Season
« on: August 07, 2019, 10:11:24 am »
OOC home schedules by comparison. Sub D-I opponents are italicized.

VERMONT: Boston U, Gallaudet, Towson, UNC Greensboro, Lipscomb, George Washington
UMASS LOWELL: UMass Boston, Jacksonville, Merrimack, Dartmouth, Brown, Central Connecticut State, Sacred Heart, St. Francis Brooklyn, Boston U
HARTFORD: Gordon, Emerson, Merrimack, St. Francis Brooklyn, Sacred Heart, Wagner, Cornell
NEW HAMPSHIRE: Curry, Holy Cross, Bryant, Maine Maritime, Dartmouth
BINGHAMTON: Sacred Heart, Army, SUNY Oneonta, Colgate, Boston U, Hartwick
MAINE: Merrimack, Maine Maritime, Dartmouth, Quinnipiac, Columbia
UMBC:
ALBANY:

What stands out to me is that Lowell has NINE home games before the conference season, including eight against Division I opponents. Fans have to be pumped up about that. Good ledger for the Catamounts too.

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SBU Men's Basketball / Re: 2019-2020 Season
« on: August 02, 2019, 11:45:48 am »
At a glance, Foreman reminded me a little of Puriefoy. I never looked at Puriefoy (or even Cornish) and said "that guy's a point guard" but he's a pretty good hybrid of the 1 and 2 – certainly good enough at this level to play the 1, and somebody who can be dangerous playing off the ball too (Cornish less so). Similar build to Puriefoy, not a pure distributor, looking to score. I couldn't tell whether he was willing to finish at the rim like the aforementioned alums, but the jumper was smooth.

Without any input from me, a friend seconded my note about Policelli's energy. You know how Almonacy looked sometimes, just kind of going through the motions? It was kind of like that.

I liked the on-ball defense that I saw from TPP and TSM. Guys were in people's faces all night, fighting through screens, diving on the floor on occasion, etc., and they seem to have bought right in.

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SBU Men's Basketball / Re: 2019-2020 Season
« on: July 31, 2019, 11:36:57 pm »
Open practice download!

- First off, personnel. We have two new players – 6-2/183 soph guard Quari Alleyne  (#12) and 6-4/215 jr G Lenny Kadisha (#24). Alleyne last played as a reserve at Herkimer CC in 2016-17 before, according to a Statesmen story, walking on last year with Aubrey. I don't recall his name though. Kadisha played minimal minutes alongside Mouhamadou Gueye (pronounced GEE supposedly ... like the beginning of geese? or geez?) at Monroe. I don't suspect either will play anything more than mop-up minutes.
- Hassan Ceesay: out for the year with a torn right ACL. Sucks.
- Frankie Policelli: I was told "50/50 at best" for him to be eligible this year. He did participate in practice with the team, but I was a little underwhelmed. Is he more than just a spot-up shooter? In a practice in which the guys were getting after it, he was didn't seem as enthused.
- Geno kept on saying "the defense is ahead of the offense" and that our halfcourt offense has to improve as these guys get used to each other and how things are done.
- We're playing three games against pro teams in Europe soon – two in Spain, one in France I believe. In other news, Jaron Cornish recently signed to play professionally in Spain but we're not facing his new squad.
- I went in wondering where we were at with point guard. It looks to me like Makale Foreman can very much handle the position. I'm guessing he starts with McKenzie and Tavin (pronounced TAY-vin) Pierre-Phllippe behind him. Foreman's going to be a dude. He felt like a veteran presence out there, and I think he's a guy who's going to really look to fill it up.
- Speaking of Pierre-Philippe, I think he'll be an asset down the road but probably not a ton this year. I have Tyler Stephenson-Moore a little bit ahead of him. TSM looks smooth. He knocked down open threes, looked comfortable in the mid-range and was more explosive than I anticipated. Defensively, both TSM and TPP looked the part to me. Granted, this is an amateur eye making an assessment based on a single practice.
- Miles Latimer looked like he put on muscle. The roster lists him at 6-3/192 – same as last year – but just looked more filled out to me. The hair's shorter and (gulp) shorts are back!
- The guy you couldn't take your eyes off of was Gueye. He looked comfortable handling the ball, has a nice looking jump shot and can GLIDE. There was one break where it looked like he took off from the elbow and dunked it with ease. I mean, EASY. It probably wasn't the elbow but he is some athlete. His numbers weren't much at Monroe so I'll reserve judgment before anointing him a star.
- Otchere looked like Otchere. He and Gueye will be tough around the rim but I hope they can stay on the floor.

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SBU Men's Basketball / Re: 2019-2020 Season
« on: July 31, 2019, 07:21:41 pm »
https://stonybrookathletics.com/schedule.aspx?path=mbball

America East schedule is out. Of note, we travel to Vermont the first weekend, and finish at Albany and UMBC, both likely top four seeds.


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Quote from SH. Any idea what he is talking about!

"On the train back from NYC... the meeting that we had this morning resulted in an important partnership for
@SBAthletics
. The view alone would have been worth it, but we came away with something much more. Details coming soon".

Here to help! https://brook.land/lets-wildly-speculate-about-this-other-tweet-from-shawn-heilbron-together-2a95ebbf41a9

OUTSTANDING investigative work, DC. I actually think you're on to something!

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Quote from SH. Any idea what he is talking about!

"On the train back from NYC... the meeting that we had this morning resulted in an important partnership for
@SBAthletics
. The view alone would have been worth it, but we came away with something much more. Details coming soon".

First thing I can think of is maybe some future games at MSG? A big donation? Something to that effect. A game or two a year at MSG against a big time opponent would be a great thing for SBU.

The Big Ten has offices in New York City. Boom. Gotta be it.

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SBU Men's Basketball / 2019-2020 Season
« on: July 21, 2019, 07:46:30 am »
Heilbron is a cheerleader through and through. Visionary, ambassador, supporter, all fantastic. But evaluator of talent? I dunno about that.

Unfortunately, when you lay it on that thick, it's more difficult to believe. TPP and TSM are HIGH-major guys all of a sudden? Akwasi, who starred here and would be in the discussion to have his number retired if he stayed, just transferred to Rutgers. Rotational guys Moor and Long just transferred to Texas State and Southern New Hampshire. So you're telling me that these incoming players went completely under the radar and should be playing P5 basketball? What did he tell us about Moor and Long?

Hey, I hope he's right, but ... have you seen Vermont's roster?

Well said. But you have to give Helibron credit. He is the most positive person I think I have ever spoken to. He definitely knows how to rally his troops. But, I still se SB finishing 500 this season.

I didn’t mean anything negative with the “cheerleader” comment. To have an AD who’s this involved, enthusiastic and transparent is a major plus. If you want to talk high major, he’s a high major AD. BUT I’m hesitant to take his on-court evaluation as the gospel.


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SBU Men's Basketball / Re: 2019-2020 Season
« on: July 19, 2019, 11:36:42 am »
Heilbron is a cheerleader through and through. Visionary, ambassador, supporter, all fantastic. But evaluator of talent? I dunno about that.

Unfortunately, when you lay it on that thick, it's more difficult to believe. TPP and TSM are HIGH-major guys all of a sudden? Akwasi, who starred here and would be in the discussion to have his number retired if he stayed, just transferred to Rutgers. Rotational guys Moor and Long just transferred to Texas State and Southern New Hampshire. So you're telling me that these incoming players went completely under the radar and should be playing P5 basketball? What did he tell us about Moor and Long?

Hey, I hope he's right, but ... have you seen Vermont's roster?

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SBU Men's Basketball / Re: Seawolves in the pros
« on: July 18, 2019, 11:43:26 am »
Updated to show Warney's new status. Am I missing anybody?

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