Team: St. Francis (NY) Terriers
Location: Brooklyn Heights, New York
Conference: Northeast Conference
Head coach: Glenn Braica (11 seasons, 154-180 record)
2020-2021 record: 9-10 overall, 9-9 NEC
Top returning players: 6-foot-1, G, Rob Higgins (11.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.4 spg); 6-foot-8, F, Vuk Stevanic (6.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.7 apg, 0.6 bpg)
Top newcomers: 6-foot-4, G, Michael Cubbage (11.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.5 spg, 42.9% 3-Pt), transfer from Marist; 6-foot-7, F, Patrick Emilien (5.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 0.7 bpg), transfer from Western Michigan; 6-foot-9, F, Jack Hemphill (6.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.2 apg), transfer from Boston University
2020-2021 review: Obviously last season was a strange one in college sports. The Terriers only played one non-conference game, a six point loss to St. Peter’s, and then played mostly NEC doubleheader type series where they’d play conference rivals in back-to-back games.
While the Terriers finished seventh in the ten team NEC, and were swept by regular season champs Wagner, they did take three of four games from conference tournament finalists (who also finished second and third in the league’s regular season) Bryant and Mount St. Mary’s.
The Terriers were led by second team All-NEC point guard Chauncey Hawkins (16.0 ppg, 4.4 apg), who was set to return for a fifth year this season, but in September announced that he’d be entering the transfer portal.
Just to clarify, @CHawkinsIV will be a grad transfer. He is currently not enrolled. However, he will graduate from St Francis (NY) with a BS in Accounting in December after changing his major.— CoachPeteQuinn (@CoachPeteQuinn_) September 22, 2021
Again, this is a solid student and high character kid. https://t.co/OjRuWqUnkz
Fellow starters from last season, wing Travis Atson (14.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg) and guard Unique McLean (12.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg), have also moved on which will leave the Terriers with a number of starting spots open for this season.
2021-2022 preview: While 60% of their starting lineup from last season is gone, the Terriers were active in the transfer portal and brought in a handful of solid contributors that should step into the rotation right away. Hawkins, Atson and McLean were the three highest usage players on the team last year, so there are shots to be had all over the court for St. Francis.
The Terriers are predicted for another middle of the pack finish in the NEC, although most of those predictions came when everyone thought that Hawkins was going to suit up for them. Losing an all-conference performer will definitely hurt St. Francis as will their lack of height.
6-foot-4 Marist transfer Michael Cubbage will be the most important player for St. Francis as he brings strong three point shooting and rebounding numbers to the squad, but will he be able to do all of the heavy lifting by himself?
Last season, the Terriers took care of the ball on offense and will need to do so again, but their lack of shooting (Atson and Hawkins were their two best shooters) and rebounding (Atson and McLean were their two best rebounders) will keep them closer to the bottom half of the conference than the top.
Game vs. Wisconsin: Tuesday, Nov. 9; Madison, Wisc.; Kohl Center; B1G+; time TBA