Schedule (key games in bold)
November 14th Hampton
2008 USVI Paradise Jam (tough opener with Badgers will test interior strength)
23rd Valparaiso / San Diego
29th Robert Morris
December 5th @ Marist (conference opener at rebuilding Marist)
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
Teams ranked in the 12-17 area of the final rankings are clearly in a position to either move up or down next season. The team with the best chance to make a significant move up the standings in their league would have to be Manhattan (12-19), who return all key contributors next season. Guard Antoine Pearson was a Third Team All-MAAC selection this season, and swingman Devon Austin went a long way in establishing himself as this team’s leader in the MAAC Tournament.
Here’s a quick preview of the ESPNU O’Reilly Bracket Busters games this weekend that will not be shown on television involving northeast teams. In most cases, the organizers of this event have done a better job of limiting the travel for non-television games, with the exception of UC Davis visiting Loyola (MD) among games involving northeast leagues. Bracket Busters, originally put together to provide schools in non-BCS leagues one last opportunity to add to their resume, now involves some 100 schools from sixteen conferences.
Niagara @ Appalachian State (Saturday, 1 PM)
Team of the Week: Fairfield
Results: W 66-61 @ Manhattan, W 68-59 vs. Iona
Team of the Week: Rhode Island
Results: Providence (W: 77-60), @ Syracuse (W: 91-89)
13. Iona (2006-07 Record: 2-28, 1-17 MAAC)
Head coach: Kevin Willard
Returning Starters: 3- G De’Shaune Griffin (sophomore): 6-0, 160; G Milan Prodanovic (sophomore): 6-2, 180; F Devon Clarke (junior): 6-6, 205.
According to Dick "Hoops" Weiss of the New York Daily News, Iona has hired former Seton Hall point guard Shaheen Holloway as an assistant coach. Holloway spent last season at his alma mater, helping out first year head coach Bobby Gonzalez in South Orange as a graduate assistant. With the amount of youth in the Gaels' backcourt, this is a very good hire. Iona had trouble in the backcourt last season due to injuries and inexperience. Returnees such as Milan Prodanovic, Mike Harris and De'Shaune Griffin should benefit from Holloway's presence on the staff.