After finishing 6-25 last season and tying for last place in the MAAC with Marist at 3-15, Manhattan can only go up. Steve Masiello has inherited a tough task. He needs to rebuild the team with young talent that can stick around and be part of a revival for the Jaspers. This first class might not be enough to get Manhattan immediately out of its doldrums, but hopefully the class can help spur the rebuilding movement.
Ken Pomeroy posted a master list of all the transfers that are eligible this season. It’s a good reference. One of the things to note though is that there are two limitations to the list. 1) It only includes players that played at least 10% of minutes at their last destination. 2) It doesn’t include players that went to junior college and then came back.
The notable players from this blog’s perspective are: SG Melquan Bolding (Duquesne to Fairleigh Dickinson), PG Stevie Mejia (Rhode Island to Hofstra), SG Chris Prescott (Saint Joseph’s to St. Peter’s) and Kenneth Ortiz (Southern Miss to Wagner).
As Dan Hurley continues to rebuild the Wagner program and get the Seahawks ready to compete in the NEC, one of things he has to do is continually bring in new talent to replace the players that are leaving and solidify the program’s foundation. This year’s recruiting class appears to do just that.
The fast style that Long Island plays requires athleticism at every position. With some key pieces graduating, including double-digit scorers Kyle Johnson and David Hicks, the Blackbirds needed to find new guys to fill in to keep Jim Ferry’s team moving.
Stony Brook didn’t need much in its recruiting class after reaching the America East championship game last season. The Seawolves learned to live without one of their two personnel losses Chris Martin, during the 13 games he was injured last season. It’s another return from injury, junior Tommy Brenton, who is going to make the biggest impact for Stony Brook this season.
St. Peter’s went to the NCAA Tournament after winning the MAAC Tournament Championship last season, but the Peacocks are going to have a lot of work to do if they want to get back. While John Dunne’s system is based mostly on defense, no team is able to easily overcome losing its top four leading scorers.
Let’s make this clear from the start, whether Lamont “Momo” Jones is eligible or not this season this recruiting class is a win from Tim Cluess and Iona. It’s a sure declaration of, “We’re going for it,” from the coaching staff. The incoming recruits should add some bulk to the front line of the Gaels as they attempt to claim a MAAC title and do so much more.
It’s an exciting time at Columbia. Kyle Smith’s new seven-man recruiting class is one that looks to be able to lead the Lions toward the top of the Ivy League. There are a lot of players in the 2011 class who, if they develop, could become big contributors.
Over the past three seasons Jim Engles has taken NJIT from 1-30 to 10-21 to 15-15. Now with a schedule that includes 18 games against teams from the Great West, independents and outside of Division I it seems like this season is the time for the Highlanders to take the next step and finish with a winning record.