New Jersey Tech
2008-09 NJIT Basketball Preview
New coach hopes to bring new attitude to program
November 15th Manhattan
17th @ Penn State
24th @ Towson
28th vs. Hartford (in Philadelphia)
29th vs. Niagara/Monmouth (in Philadelphia)
December 2nd Stony Brook (host the Seawolves in a game that NJIT can win)
6th @ Maryland-Eastern Shore
8th @ St. John's
According to Jay Gomes of NJHoops.com, the NJIT Highlanders will soon be joining the Great West Conference in all sports, most notably mens and womens basketball. The Great West, which began as a football-only league at the FCS level, will be expanding to include all sports and new members include a number of current Division I basketball independents. The league is slated to begin play in basketball in 2009-10.
Now we come to the bottom of the poll, where there wasn’t much in the way of positives to be found this season. NJIT (0-29) completed a historically bad season, the worst winless campaign in the history of Division I basketball. With head coach Jim Casciano stepping down at season’s end the Highlanders are also in need of a head coach. Whoever steps into that opening will have a lot of work to do in terms of talent along with the confidence level of the returning players.
Well, if you're going to do something there's no sense in doing it halfway, right? Unfortunately for the New Jersey Institute of Technology, their move up to Division I has been a lesson in why you shouldn't rush things. Saturday, on a day highlighted due to Bracket Busters weekend along with the 1 vs. 2 matchup of Memphis and Tennesse, the Highlanders made their way onto "SportsCenter", and not for anything good. Here's the following exchange between Jay Harris and Stan Verrett on the 6 PM edition of the show:
Stan: I bet those kids are good with a slide ruler.
The Report Card
19. NJIT (2006-07 Record: 5-24)
Head coach: Jim Casciano
Returning Starters: 3- G Kraig Peters (senior): 6’4”, 191; F Nesho Milosevic (junior): 6’8”, 245; C Dan Stonkus (sophomore): 6’9”, 245.