Tyler Kohl is one of five Blue Devils who rank amongst the NEC’s top-15 field goal percentage leaders.
If Ken Pomeroy’s College Basketball Ratings is your standard, then Central Connecticut State (CCSU) has easily been the best team out of the gate for the NEC. Originally ranked 304th nationally on November 6, Donyell Marshall’s team has climbed up the ladder by more than 60 spots after just 6 Division I contests.
Same goes for the new NCAA NET rankings, where the Blue Devils are ranked 151st to lead the NEC.
Wagner shot blocker AJ Sumbry
(PHOTO: Columbian Missourian)
It’s not difficult to understand that having an intimidating presence in the paint will typically enhance a team’s defense.
Not only do you have a center swatting and altering shots, but the perimeter players around him will have more freedom to take chances. They’ll have the piece of mind that getting beat off the dribble isn’t the end of the world.
Taking more chances can lead to turnovers, runouts in transition, and consequently easier shots. Josh Nebo circa 2017 was the poster child of this philosophy, improving SFU’s defense by a staggering 23 points allowed per 100 possessions and helping the Red Flash become one of the fastest teams in the league.
NEC coaches understand this concept very well. There are several intriguing shot blockers entering the fold, so allow me to discuss some programs and players that could turn the league into a giant block party.
Seven years. A lot has happened for me in that time, but one thing has remained consistent. I’ve attended each and every NEC Social Media Day for the past seven years.
Only four NEC coaches – Andy Toole, Glenn Braica, Bashir Mason and Rob Krimmel – can say the same!
What makes year number seven special for me is I now have the opportunity to represent my favorite league: the Northeast Conference.
That’s right, for the upcoming campaign, I will serve as a contributor for the league in a myriad of formats. You’ll find my posts here in the NEC Overtime Blog, I’ll write some features for the website and will make appearances in the NEC studios to talk hoops. I’m excited to share my passion and promote the great student-athletes and coaches of this conference!
My first contribution is one of my favorite things of the preseason, giving you my thoughts and reflections at the 2018 NEC Social Media Day.