Hello and welcome to the America East UGroup on collegehoops.net. We’re pleased to welcome you to such an in-depth and wide-reaching outlet that covers one of the most intriguing mid-major conferences in the nation. This will be your source for everything from Marques Blakely’s most recent rim-shaking dunk to Corey Lowe’s latest NBA-range 3-pointer. We hope that you’ll visit this site and use it as not only as a way to keep in touch with what’s happening in the conference, but also to relay your own thoughts on league occurrences. Your participation will make the group that much more enjoyable as the season marches on. Thanks for reading and we hope you enjoy.”
Unlike the un-American college football Bowl Championship Series that overly relies on polls, essentially rendering the sport irrelevant, college basketball's polls are relatively meaningless.
An eventful offseason for New York metropolitan area college basketball is steadily transitioning into the 2010-11 season, with individual workouts and team lifting sessions leading into the start of practice in four weeks. That also means the official release of schedules for most of the team, and you can find them here.
The Met Basketball Writers Association announced their annual honors on Wednesday, naming Hofstra junior guard Charles Jenkins the winner of the Haggerty Award (Player of the Year). Winning the award for the second consecutive year, Jenkins joins the following list of players to have won the Haggerty two or more times in their collegiate careers:
Friday was a good day for the America East champion Stony Brook Seawolves, who cleaned up in regards to the end of season awards. Senior Muhammad El-Amin was named Kevin Roberson Player of the Year and Steve Pikiell Coach of the Year. Also honored by the conference were Tommy Brenton (2nd Team All-Conference, All-Defensive) and Bryan Dougher (2nd Team All-Conference). Stony Brook begins their quest towards the America East Tournament title at noon when they take on eighth-seeded Albany.
For a college basketball fan it doesn’t get much better than this and watching this all happen in historic Hinkle Fieldhouse, almost guarantees a good night for all the 8528 fans that came out to enjoy the action.
They got quite a show as Butler shot an incredible 67.5 percent (27-40) for the game to beat Wright State 74-62.
America East: Despite their loss at Binghamton on Monday night it was a good week for Stony Brook, who won games at Air Force and defending America East champ UMBC. Junior Muhammad El-Amin shared the conference Player of the Week award with New Hampshire's Alvin Abreu, and freshman Bryan Dougher was named America East Rookie of the Week. While El-Amin accounted for 19.5 points and 4.0 rebounds in the two wins, Dougher averaged 20.5 points per game.
The final days of 2008, for most of the teams in the area (save the Ivies and NJIT), mean a transition into full-time conference play. Some schools still have a game or two outside of conference play later in the season, but for the most part it's all about focusing on the direct way of getting to the NCAA Tournament. Big East play begins early this week, and despite a big win over FDU Seton Hall fans have to wonder what the opener at Syracuse will bring for a team that lacks bodies inside. St.
About Nick Cammarota
Nick Cammarota - America East UGroups Editor
Nick is a senior at Boston University, pursuing a degree in print journalism with a minor in psychology. He has covered the BU men's basketball team for the Daily Free Press for the past three seasons and is an avid follower of America East basketball.
Over the last three summers, he's interned for Comcast Sports Net (in Philadelphia), minorleaguebaseball.com, the Associated Press (Philadelphia) and the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin. His passion for the business was sparked when Ted Silary of the Philadelphia Daily News allowed him to write a column for his high school sports website.
In his spare time, Nick plays trumpet and drums in the Boston University pep band and attempts to play multiple intramural sports at BU as well as summer baseball in Philly. If he was good enough to compete in anything better, he would.