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 Stony Brook Preview
Seawolves look to move up in America East
Schedule (key games in bold)
November 14th Maryland-Eastern Shore
November 18th @ Lafayette (Leopards won last year's meeting in overtime)
November 22nd Wagner
November 25th American (host defending Patriot League champs)
November 29th @ Columbia
December 2nd NJIT (Highlanders went 0-29 last year)
December 5th Lehigh
December 7th Mount Ida
Head coach: Steve Pikiell
Returning Starters: 4- G Ricky Lucas (senior): 6-4, 215; G Mitchell Beauford (senior): 5-11, 185; G Eddie Castellanos (sophomore): 6-1, 180; F Emanuel Neto (senior): 6-9, 245.
Maryland's win in the Coaches vs Cancer Classic finals should catapult them into the top 25 for the first time this season. I dont necessarily know if Maryland will be better than Michigan State or Texas at the end of the season.. but this shows you what a team with three senior starters can do to start a season. For the Terps, like Texas and Michigan State as well, point guard play will go a long way in determining future success. Greivis Vasquez, Drew Neitzel, and DJ Augustin all impressed this week. The freshman Vasquez was perhaps the most surprising and ultimately got the W's. Neitzel is the veteran of these three, and looks noticeably stronger and more mature this season. Augustin in the end might be the best of those three. The high school All-American often dribbles around too much and needs to do a better job running the offense, but his ability to get into the lane and finish is simply unteachable and gives Texas an edge on most teams.