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Old 06-02-2017, 06:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Been devouring all I can on this board going back many pages and enjoy the civility of the discourse. A relative of mine is being recruited by a few AE programs for hoops and if you guys have the time we'd find it invaluable if you could share any and all thoughts regarding the 9 AE programs. I think it would be best if the specific programs remained anonymous., but please be frank, and thanks in advance for any info you share!

Edit: aficionados. No clue how to edit header so I'll have to look at my typo in perpetuity.
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Old 06-02-2017, 08:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Vermont: Probably the most consistently good program in the America East. Regular 20-game winner; Makes the tourney from time to time.

Albany: Their coach wins the big games. His regular seasons aren't as good as Vermont but he maintains competitive and good teams despite a lot of roster turnover. If you need one win, he's as good as it gets at this level.

Stony Brook: New coach, good facilities, still trying to establish a tradition of winning. They were good under Pikiell and look to be good under Boals for a while; the guy can coach.

New Hampshire: Good, then not good, then good again. I think they're a solid team in the conference but not as good as Vermont or Albany by a noticeable margin.

UMBC: New coach, relatively new AD, brand new arena and my alma mater. Significant turnaround last season under Odom; horrific before that.

UMass Lowell: Scrappy team recently up to Division I. Still trying to compete at this level. Have arguably the best player in the league in Jahad Thomas. Now that they are tourney eligible, it will be interesting to see if they make any headway.

Binghamton: Promises made but not realized. Dempsey probably has one more year to do something or he's out. Good facility and good fan base will make a good team very tough to play at home.

Maine: A mess of a program it seems right now. Good players don't stay and Walsh can't win with them while they're here. I don't know where they are going but it doesn't appear to be up any time soon.

Hartford: I put them at the bottom because their assistant just left and may well take all their good Euros with him when he leaves. If they stay, they could definitely be better. I think they should fire Gallagher though.
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Been devouring all I can on this board going back many pages and enjoy the civility of the discourse. A relative of mine is being recruited by a few AE programs for hoops and if you guys have the time we'd find it invaluable if you could share any and all thoughts regarding the 9 AE programs. I think it would be best if the specific programs remained anonymous., but please be frank, and thanks in advance for any info you share!

Edit: aficionados. No clue how to edit header so I'll have to look at my typo in perpetuity.
Each school has their good and bad points. Major course of study could play a big part.
UMBC, Stony Brook, UMass-Lowell to big cities. Although Burlington and Albany are very good small size cities with a wide array of things to do.

If you like the mountains and outdoors, take your pick.
One thing abut the AE, players get a great Education, get to play, and particpate in the community and Campus life.

Good luck picking and hopefully when we get a name, then you will really here about schools.
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Maine is a great place to get their feet wet...and then transfer to a bigger/better program.
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Each school has their good and bad points. Major course of study could play a big part.
UMBC, Stony Brook, UMass-Lowell to big cities. Although Burlington and Albany are very good small size cities with a wide array of things to do.

If you like the mountains and outdoors, take your pick.
One thing abut the AE, players get a great Education, get to play, and particpate in the community and Campus life.

Good luck picking and hopefully when we get a name, then you will really here about schools.
With due respect, Stony Brook is an unlikely "city" destination for anyone playing sports...or for that matter any kid who attends that school. I would guess that a kid makes a trip to NYC maybe 2-3 times a year. Stony Brook is a sleepy hamlet.

Not that it should be considered a bad thing...that area of Long Island is beautiful.

That said, all of our AE schools offer differing and amazing opportunities both on and off the court. It's what makes this league great.
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What schools are doing the recruiting?
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I feel funny saying. I hope you understand. America East is a great conference as we're learning through this process. Great conference. Too many guys have stars in their eyes which is why there are 662 transfers and counting in D1 hoops. And MaineJeff I feel your pain. Cross Center is a great facility and Orono is great college town, just not for everybody. Up to the coach to find guys who fit.

Thanks guys for the tremendous feedback.
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UVM is the best.

Congrats on the success of your relative and best of luck in the recruiting process!
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I feel funny saying. I hope you understand. America East is a great conference as we're learning through this process. Great conference. Too many guys have stars in their eyes which is why there are 662 transfers and counting in D1 hoops.
Great comment, if your relative already understands this then he's already way ahead of most of his basketball peers. Guys are most successful when they pick the correct level of D1 basketball out of high school and stay in the same place for 4 years.

I'll echo what everyone else said, this is a great conference where the players are true student-athletes and get a great education. Every school generally plays by the rules and does a good job graduating its players.

As a University of New Hampshire grad, I'll say that the school's strongest points are that it has a great campus, the students really feel at home, friendly student body, strong and diverse academics, close to the beach and mountains, and just a strong quality of life. If your relative goes to UNH they will really enjoy their college years. Basketball-wise, the program has won 19, 20, and 20 games over the past three season and has a stable coaching staff that has been in place for many years (12 years). The winning culture is now there and the head coach isn't going anywhere. Your relative will learn to play strong defense and there will be a lot of opportunities for three-pointers if they like that style of game. Frontcourt players also get plenty of touches, the team definitely shares the ball.

A lot of the players end up staying in the area after graduation as well, which is a testament to the qualify of life in seacoast New Hampshire. And I believe that every single player has graduated over the past 6 or 7 years. The three academic seniors on the team all just graduated last month with their Bachelor degrees.

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Great comment, if your relative already understands this then he's already way ahead of most of his basketball peers. Guys are most successful when they pick the correct level of D1 basketball out of high school and stay in the same place for 4 years.

I'll echo what everyone else said, this is a great conference where the players are true student-athletes and get a great education. Every school generally plays by the rules and does a good job graduating its players.

As a University of New Hampshire grad, I'll say that the school's strongest points are that it has a great campus, the students really feel at home, friendly student body, strong and diverse academics, close to the beach and mountains, and just a strong quality of life. If your relative goes to UNH they will really enjoy their college years. Basketball-wise, the program has won 19, 20, and 20 games over the past three season and has a stable coaching staff that has been in place for many years (12 years). The winning culture is now there and the head coach isn't going anywhere. Your relative will learn to play strong defense and there will be a lot of opportunities for three-pointers if they like that style of game. Frontcourt players also get plenty of touches, the team definitely shares the ball.

A lot of the players end up staying in the area after graduation as well, which is a testament to the qualify of life in seacoast New Hampshire. And I believe that every single player has graduated over the past 6 or 7 years. The three academic seniors on the team all just graduated last month with their Bachelor degrees.

https://twitter.com/UNHMBB/status/866697335514025984
I like UNH and would choose them second after Vermont for a regular college kid. I think it's got a great college town vibe. That being said not every UNH basketball player has loved their experience nor every college kid. Myrick had nothing good to say about his four years there. It was very surprising to hear at the news conference. Jacoby was redshirt suspended. I've also known more than a few college kids who didn't enjoy their times wish they went somewhere else but a lot of those kids chose UNH because it was in state. Most do enjoy themselves.

I wouldn't call UNH a winning culture. They have never been to the ncaas. They have been a few games over .500 in D1 ball the last few years. They haven't exactly won anything.
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Myrick had nothing good to say about his four years there. It was very surprising to hear at the news conference.
What did Myrick say? I've never heard that. He is actually living in the seacoast NH area after a short stint playing professionally in Europe.

I would say that UNH does have a winning culture at this point, not nearly at the level of Vermont but very much so compared to UNH programs of the past.
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What did Myrick say? I've never heard that. He is actually living in the seacoast NH area after a short stint playing professionally in Europe.

I would say that UNH does have a winning culture at this point, not nearly at the level of Vermont but very much so compared to UNH programs of the past.
He said something along the lines of how he took nothing home from the experience of playing at UNH. He had nothing good to say at the end of his career while Ryan cook? Maybe someone else had a much more glowing response to his career ending and seems a lot more thankful. I believe Myrick was suspended at some point but maybe just a couple of games. Herrion is no nonsense and is not afraid to hand out suspensions.
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If I had D1 talent, and were to choose an AE program, here is my rank top 5;
1 - UVM
2 - SB
3 - Albany
4 - UNH
5 - UML
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If I had D1 talent, and were to choose an AE program, here is my rank top 5;
1 - UVM
2 - SB
3 - Albany
4 - UNH
5 - UML
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I like UNH and would choose them second after Vermont for a regular college kid.
UNH was actually my #2 when I was looking (along with Ohio State). Beautiful campus.
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