Somerset, NJ -- Following a thrilling run to the 2011 Northeast Conference (NEC) men's basketball title, head coaches have picked Long Island to repeat as NEC champion. The announcement was made on Wednesday morning during a media teleconference to promote the tipoff of the 2011-12 season, the 31st in the league's history. The Blackbirds, who won the 2011 NEC Tournament crown with an 85-82 overtime victory over Robert Morris, claimed 10 of the possible 12 first-place votes.
Horton is joined by a pair of Long Island junior forwards in Julian Boyd (San Antonio, TX/William H.
On Friday night at Copper Canyon HS in Glendale, AZ the Super 80 event hosted by Area Codes Basketball took place. It was a chance to check out some of the top prospects in the State of Arizona, with the 2013 and 2014 classes taking center stage. Recent Arizona State verbal Kodi Justice (2014) (Dobson HS, Mesa) took part in the Future Stars Freshman/Sophomore Showcase, and he showed flashes of the talent that landed him the offer from the Sun Devils. Justice was able to get things done on the wing, knocking down perimeter shots in addition to getting to the basket.
With the start of the season right around the corner (and the preseason NEC Coaches Teleconference coming up on Wednesday morning), this is a good time to rank the backcourts and frontcourts of the Northeast Conference. First up are the top six backcourts in my opinion. Teams 7-12 will follow shortly, with the frontcourt rankings on deck. Feel free to comment below; I welcome solid hoops discussion.
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