Before getting into the team and player of the week honors in the metropolitan area, it's time to acknowledge area players who picked up some praise in their respective leagues.
Atlantic 10: Fordham freshman guard Jio Fontan was named Rookie of the Week after two exemplary games for the Rams. Fontan averaged 17.5 points and 5.5 assists in the two games, which included a career-high twenty-two in a 69-66 loss to Fairfield.
2008-09 LIU Basketball Preview
Blackbirds return four starters this season
Schedule (key games in bold)
November 14th @ St. John's
20th Army (Blackbirds won last season's meeting by ten at West Point)
22nd @ Canisius
26th @ Saint Peter's
December 4th @ St. Francis (Pa.) (two-game road swing through Pennsylvania opens up NEC play)
6th @ Robert Morris
13th New Hampshire
Raphielle Johnson's Metro preview & weekly Metro rankings & updates are a staple of fans in NYC's tri-state region. To get things going, here is Raphielle's 23 team NYC Metro preseason ranking and all-Metro teams. Individual team previews will up shortly!
Preseason Metro Ranking
After the top five in the final rankings, there were a few schools that hovered around the .500 mark for most of the season, only to come out on the short end so to speak. But that doesn’t mean that this season was a complete failure for teams such as LIU, Fairfield and Yale. The Blackbirds finished dead even at 15-15, their first non-losing record 1997-98.
Team of the Week: Rhode Island
Results: Providence (W: 77-60), @ Syracuse (W: 91-89)