Author Archives: Ryan Peters

34 Previews in 34 Days: Mount St. Mary’s

Mount St. Mary’s

Outlook: Once considered the next dynasty in the NEC, Mount St. Mary’s must pick up the pieces after three of five starters were poached by college basketball’s elite. With turnover rampant across the league, however, a young roster still has the veteran presence to reasonably defend their NEC title. Continue reading

34 Teams in 34 Days: Central Connecticut

Central Connecticut

Outlook: What is perceived to be a strong recruiting class should bolster the athleticism, depth and versatility of the Blue Devils, making them a pesky opponent that has middle of the pack upside in a conference besieged by turnover. Continue reading

NEC Winners and Losers of the Offseason

As we move deep into the summer, I have begun my annual exercise of interviewing NEC coaches for the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Now that I have a stronger understanding of who’ll be rostered come November, I decided to offer my opinion on who the winners and losers of this offseason were. Continue reading

Projecting the Best NEC Players of the 2017-18 Season

I apologize in advance for quoting one of my favorite bands from my college days, but “I wish you would step back from that ledge, my friend.” Continue reading

Replacing High Volume Scorers Like Elijah Long, Quincy McKnight and Nisre Zouzoua

Over the past 10 days, two noteworthy All-NEC first teamers—Elijah Long and Quincy McKnight—decided to go elsewhere to finish their collegiate careers. Though they haven’t signed with a new program as of this posting, the general consensus is that both players will up-transfer. Continue reading

Thoughts From the Crazy NEC Tourney Quarterfinals

In our NEC tournament preview, I noted that the conference had the second highest rate of close games in the regular season – 30% of them ended within 4 points or were decided in overtime. We enjoyed more of the same in the NEC quarterfinals, as the league office couldn’t have asked for better drama, both on television and on NEC Front Row when Sacred Heart made a run at history. Continue reading