America East College Basketball Preview 2021-2022
Predicted Order of Finish
- Vermont– the Catamounts finish last season with an 18-5 overall record and was 10-4 in the conference.Returning is America East Player of the Year Ryan Davis who averaged 18.5 ppg and 6.3 rpg to lead his team. His coach John Becker believes he has more ahead of him and ill be teamed with Justin Mazzula and Ben Shungu expected to take s bigger role this year.
- Hartford– completed last year with an 8-6 conference record along with a 15-9 overall. Returning is senior Austin Williams and his 14 ppg who was conference tourney MVP. Also, Moses Flowers returns from injury and Coppin State transfer Dejuan Clayton adds scoring to the squad. Another transfer that may be a difference maker is LaSalle’s Jared Kimbrough. The defensive back court will be strong for head coach John Gallagher.
- New Hampshire– Four starters return for head coach Bill Herrion. The Wildcats feature Nick Guadarrama with his 14 ppg. Jayden Martinez brings his 23.6 ppg and 8.5 tpg to the floor. Lat season this team was 9-6 in America East play and 20-9 overall.
- Stony Brook– Elijah Olantyl is back after scoring 1135 points in three seasons and spent last year at Miami. They are led by Geno Ford, former head coach at Bradley, returns seven of his eight top scorers . Last year they went 9-14 overall an 2-9 in the conference. This team may show some promise.
- UMBC-The best two players from last season followed their coach out the door to Utah State. Five of the eight top scorers return for new coach Jim Ferry.
- UMass Lowell- Obadiah Noel, top scorer in the America East with 21.4 ppg is gone. The Riverhawks are counting on several freshman to hell them this season. They went 11-12 overall and 7-9 in the conference.
- Albany-Longtime coach Will Brown was let go and Marquette assistant Dwayne Killings takes over the Great Danes program. Not much returning for a team that finished 7-9 overall and 6-6 in the America East.
- Binghampton- The Bearcats haven’t had a winning season since 2008-2009 and things are likely to change this year for former assistant Levell Sanders.
- NJIT-Last year was the Highlanders first season in the conference and they were 6-10 in conference play and 7-12 overall. Holy Cross transfer Matt Faw will help lengthen the floor. top scorer Zach Cooks left the program for Hofstra.
- Maine-The Black Bears had a short season and didn’t start til December 19 and finished 2-7 overall. They may be better after getting 7’1″ center Chris Efretuei and guard Vukasin Masic from Hofstra.
America East First Team Projection
- Ben Shungu- Vermont
- Ryan DAvis- Vermont
- Elijah Olaniyi- Stony Brook
- Jayden Martinez- New Hampshire
- Austin Williams- Hartford
- Juan Felix Rodriguez- Stony Brook
- Dejuan Clayton- Hartford
- Nick Guadarrama- New Hampshire
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