KINGS POINT (17-11)
Coach: Bill Lange (second season)
Key Newcomers: Sr. G/F 6-2 Johnny Garrett (16.1 points, 7.6 rpg); Jr. G 6-0
Nate Barton (12.3 ppg, 6.0 apg); Jr. 6-1 G Kevin Bernick (9.9 ppg); So. 6-4 F
Seth Cobb (4.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg in 16.0 minutes).
New Faces: Fr. 6-3 G Mark Medvetz; Fr. 5-8 G James Young; Fr. 6-7 F Gabe
Outlook: Though Kings Point is picked to finish third in conference, don't
overlook the Mariners. They proved the pollsters wrong last season by taking
their third straight regular-season Skyline title by going 13-4 after they were
ranked fourth in the preseason.
Coach: Bill Musto (fourth year)
Key Returnees: None.
Key Newcomers: So. 6-6 F Mike Artis (transfer/New York Tech); Jr. 5-11 G
Cyril Balfour (transfer/Bronx CC); Fr. 6-3 F Steven Glasco (Roslyn); Fr. 6-1 G
Pat Eustache (Elmont); Fr. 6-6 F Jason Randall (Manhasset).
Outlook: Good news:The Rams won Region XV last season and finished fifth in
the national tournament. Bad news:No one on this season's squad played on that
team. And by the way, the team jumps from NJCAA to Division III.
ST. JOSEPH'S (L.I.) (15-10)
Coach: Joe Maniaci (ninth season)
Key Returnees: Sr. 6-4 G/F Tom Solch (10.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.6 spg); Sr. 5-9
G Jon Hardy (8.3 ppg, school-record 45.9% 3-pt. FG); Sr. 6-5 F Doug Modica (8.2
ppg, 5.6 rpg).
Key Newcomers: Fr. 6-0 G Vinny Samuels (Longwood); Fr. 6-5 F John Parry
(Lindenhurst); Fr. 6-5 F Matt Mason (Massapequa).
Outlook: The Golden Eagles posted their best record since 1988, and see
promise in the freshmen, including guard Tim Trava, who expects to begin
practicing Tuesday after breaking his leg during soccer season.
SUNY-OLD WESTBURY (5-19)
Coach: Ron Jackson (14th season)
Key Returnees: So. 6-3 F Anthony Bryant (13.1 ppg, 7.1 rpg); Jr. 6-2 G
Elvin McPherson (9.5 ppg); So. 5-8 G William Hall (4.4 ppg, 2.2 apg).
Key Newcomers: Fr. 5-11 G Terrence Meggett (transfer/Georgia State); Jr.
5-9 G Jose Rids (transfer/Sufolk CC); So. 6-1 G/F Eddie Walker (transfer/New
Outlook: Only four players return. Meggett, a scorer who can slash, and
Rids, a pure shooter, will join Walker to split time at shooting guard.
WEBB INSTITUTE (6-3)
Coach: Ed Primeggia (fifth year)
Key Returnees: Sr. 6-1 G/F John Sullivan (21.2 points); Jr. 6-1 Doug
Frauenberger (18.3 points, 3.3 rebounds); Sr. 6-0 F Tony Beale (4.5 rebounds,
Key Newcomers: Jr. 6-0 G/F Cory Bruno.
Outlook: Before Primeggia arrived in 1995, Webb had not won a game in nine
years. The one-semester program has improved its record in every year of his
tenure, including 1998-1999's back-to-back winning seasons for the first time
since Richard Nixon was president.
NASSAU CC (20-6, 16-4 REG. XV)
Coach: A.J. Wynder (fourth year)
Key Returnees: So. 6-0 G Rodney Grandy (16.4 ppg, 2.9 spg); So. 6-5 F
Rashawn Rosa (5.5 ppg, 6.6 rpg); So. 6-8 C Roberto Sabino (5.0 rpg, 2.0 bpg).
Key Newcomers: Fr. 6-0 G Muhammad Oliver; 6-3 G Craig Banton; Fr. 6-3 F
Outlook: Grandy, who won preseason All-America honors, will try to lead the
Lions beyond the Regional quarterfinals, where they lost to Kingsborough CC
SUFFOLK CC (12-12, 10-10 REG. XV)
Coach: Pete Meehan (second season)
Key Returnees: So. 6-4 G/F Michael Passias (7.2 points); So. 5-10 G Rory
Kuhn (6.4 points).
Key Newcomers: So. 6-10 C Garnett Thompson (transfer/SUNY-Farmingdale); Fr.
6-4 G Lucion Bloxon (Westhampton); Fr. 5-9 G Roj Draine (Long Beach).
Outlook: With only two returning players, it's up to newcomers like
Thompson, who should own the paint after sitting out a year. He better, because
he's the only Clipper taller than 6-4.
SUFFOLK-WEST (3-19, 3-13 REG. XV)
Coach: John DePass (first season)
Key Returnees: So. 5-10 Gs Jermaine Phillips and Kamau Joyner.
Key Newcomers: Fr. 6-8 C Alvin Anyika; Fr. 5-10 G Jose Bermudez.
Outlook: It's a new era for the Longhorns. Putting the controversial firing
of Chris Agostino behind them, Suffolk-West moves into a $54-million facility
under the guidance of a new coach. Phillips and Joyner return after a one-year
COLUMBIA (13-14, 7-7 IVY)
Coach: Armond Hill (sixth season)
Key Returnees: Jr. 6-6 F Craig Austin (14.2 points per game); Jr. 6-7 F Joe
Case (9.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg).
Key Newcomers: Fr. 6-0 G Maurice Murphy; Fr. 6-8 F Grant Clemons.
Outlook: Losing guard Treg Duerksen for the season because of a knee injury
is a devastating blow, but returning all of its other starters has the
improved Lions picked fourth in the league.
FORDHAM (14-15, 7-9 A-10)
Coach: Bob Hill (second season)
Key Returnees: Sr. 6-2 G Bevon Robin (15.7 ppg); Sr. 5-9 G Jason Harris
(15.2 ppg, 78 steals); Jr. 6-9 F Duke Freeman-McKamey (11.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg).
Key Newcomers: Fr. 6-8 F Jeff McMillan; Fr. 6-8 F Liberto Tetimadingar.
Outlook: Four of last season's five leading scorers return, yet their
erratic play has the team predicted to finish sixth in the conference.
IONA (20-11, 13-5 MAAC)
Coach: Jeff Ruland (third season)
Key Returnees: Jr. 6-5 F Dyree Wilson (14.6 ppg); Sr. 6-10 F/C Nakiea
Miller (13.8 ppg, 7.7 rpg); Sr. 6-7 G Phil Grant (10.6 ppg).
Key Newcomers: Sr. 6-0 G Earl Johnson; Fr. 6-7 F Drago Pavlovic.
Outlook: With the return of Wilson, one of the MAAC's best players, and the
addition of Rutgers transfer Johnson, Iona should repeat as MAAC champs.
LIU (8-19, 5-13 NEC)
Coach: Ray Martin (third season)
Key Returnees: Sr. 6-10 C Cheikh Fall (6.9 rpg); So. 6-0 G Antawn Dobie
Key Newcomers: Fr. 5-11 G LaForest Knox.
Outlook: Picked to finish 10th in NEC. Richie Parker and Virgil Smiley are
gone, and Walter Price, a top recruit from New Jersey, is out for the season
with a shoulder injury. Guard Antawn Dobie (13.4 ppg) is out until January for
MANHATTAN (12-15, 9-9 MAAC)
Coach: Bobby Gonzalez (second season)
Key Returnees: Sr. 6-7 F Durelle Brown (21.3 ppg); So. 6-5 F/G Bruce Seals
(14.6 ppg); Sr. 5-11 G Michael Johnson (10.7 ppg).
Key Newcomers: So. 6-2 G Justin Jackette; Jr. 5-10 G Von Damien Green; Fr.
6-7 F Dave Holmes.
Outlook: Gonzalez has the team, picked to finish third in the MAAC, pointed
in the right direction. Brown is first-team All-MAAC player.
WAGNER (11-16, 6-12 NEC)
Coach: Dereck Whittenburg (second season)
Key Returnees: So. 6-5 F Jermaine Hall (16.6 ppg); Jr. 6-7 F Chris Jackson
Key Newcomers: Fr. 6-0 G Courtney Pritchard; Fr. 6-6 F Juma Allen.
Outlook: Whittenburg turned down a job as an assistant with the Vancouver
Grizzlies and should coach an improved team with five returning starters and
the addition of Pritchard (Southampton).
NYU (14-11, 7-8 UAA)
Coach: Joe Nesci (13th season)
Key Returnees: Jr. 6-6 F Justin Hoffman (12.1 ppg); Jr. 6-4 F/G Brian
Beggans (11.8 ppg, 65 threes).
Key Newcomers: Fr. 6-5 G Andy Deane; Fr. 6-4 G James Houser.
Outlook: How an inexperienced backcourt meshes with an experienced
frontcourt will determine whether the D-III Violets can reach .500 in the
University Athletic Association.