Bryant hoops picked for 2nd in NEC
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
There's no chance the Bryant Bulldogs will surprise anyone, anywhere this season.
That's because the men's basketball program, under head coach Tim O'Shea, is now a known-commodity within the Northeast Conference. They won't be able to use their relative Division I inexperience as an excuse - as Bryant was picked in a tie for 2nd in the NEC for the upcoming 2013-14 basketball season by the league's coaches. The pre-season poll was announced at the league's media day in Brooklyn, NY Tuesday.
After a 19-12 (12-6 NEC) finish a year ago, which saw the Bulldogs reach post-season play in the CBI, senior forward and potential NEC Player of the Year candidate Alex Francis and junior guard Dyami Starks each earned preseason all-league nods, making the Bulldogs the only team represented by multiple selections.
One of two unanimous preseason all-conference picks, Francis finished the 2012-13 season ranked in the NEC's top five in scoring average (5th, 17.4 ppg), rebounding average (3rd, 8.6 rpg), shooting percentage (2nd, .569) and double-doubles (2nd, 10), while his field goal accuracy also ranked him 21st among all Division I players. Francis was a 1st team all-NEC pick last season, and is also a former NEC Rookie of the Year. Starks, also picked for the 1st team, was a 2nd team all-NEC selection last year, leading the league in three-point FG's made, shooting 41% from the arc and averaging 17.7 points per game.
Joining Francis and Starks on the All-NEC Preseason team are LIU Brooklyn's Jason Brickman, St. Francis Brooklyn's Jalen Cannon (both All-NEC Second Team selections in 2012-13), and Central Connecticut's Kyle Vinales (All-NEC First team 2012-13).
The Bryant women's team was selected 7th in the 10-team NEC for the upcoming season.
NEC Pre-season Men's Poll
(First place votes by coaches in parentheses)
1. Wagner (7)
2. Robert Morris (2)
4. LIU Brooklyn (1)
5. Central Connecticut
6. Mount St. Mary's
7. St. Francis Brooklyn
8. Sacred Heart
9. Saint Francis U
10. Fairleigh Dickinson
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