Boston U.’s Joe Jones, Stony Brook’s Steve Pikiell and Vermont’s John Becker know a thing or two about recruiting.
Their magic touch on the recruiting trail caught the attention of ESPN’s Adam Finkelstein, who is in the process of breaking down some of the best recruiting classes in the Division I conferences. For the America East, he dissects next year’s class for the Terriers, Seawolves and Catamounts.
Let’s start first on Long Island and see what Finkelstein has to say about the Seawolves. Jameel Warney, a 6-foot-9 big man out of New Jersey, “can change the game with his defense, rebounding and has an offensive game that projects best for the structure that the college game provides.” This is a prime time get for Stony Brook, and add point guard Caron Puriefoy with athletic swingman Ryan Burnett, the Seawolves will be in good hands, according to the recruiting guru.
Joe Jones wasted no time when he got to Boston U. to bring in a solid recruiting class highlighted by a guard tandem Maurice Watson and John Papale. The duo apparently turned down over 20 other scholarship offers to plays for Jones on Comm. Ave. Finkelstein believe these two complement each other perfectly. Finally, Nathan Dieudonne, an athletic big, could see time at both forward spots.
Let’s head up to Burlington now, where John Becker continues the tradition of bringing quality talent to UVM. Ethan O’Day, a “crafty, bouncy, and extremely efficient” post player, will bring some size to the Catamounts while swingman Brendan Kilpatrick will fit into the Vermont system quite nicely.
We still have almost a full season of basketball ahead of us and yet, next year is already a hot topic for discussion.
The White Plains Patch featured a trio of America East ballers in an article today. Vermont guards Brian Voelkel and Sandro Carrisimo and New Hampshire guard Jordon Bronner – all teammates at Iona Prep – are making noise on the NCAA scene. Zach Smart takes a look at their storied high school, and now blossoming college careers.
Those two Vermont standouts had a tough go of it last night at home against Harvard, though. In fact, America East basketball as a whole had a tough day.
Taking on Harvard, a team just outside the top-25 in the nation, the Vermont men were going to need to pull out all the stops. Unfortunately, a stifling defensive performance by the Crimson left the Cats humbled at home in front of almost 3,000 fans, 55-48. In the only other men’s game on the night, UMBC could not get past American and the Retrievers are still looking for that elusive first win.
On the women’s side, the two hottest teams to start the season went a little cold yesterday. Vermont fell on the road at Northeastern, 78-62, while Hartford and Marist tangled in Poughkeepsie with the Red Foxes downing the Hawks, 57-51.
And let’s not forget about volleyball because Albany plays its first round match of the NCAA Tournament today in Tallahassee, Fla. against the Seminoles of Florida State. FSU defeated Albany 3-0 earlier this year.
For the complete weekend schedule head to AmericaEast.com…
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