action:article | category:SPORTS22 | adString:SPORTS22 | zoneID:40

Home » Sports » College Sports

November 07. 2012 3:15AM

D-II Men's Basketball Preview: High hopes for Jean-Guillaume, Franklin Pierce


Div. II thumbnails

Franklin Pierce
2011-12 record: 22-8 (16-6 NE-10)
Returning players: 11
Returning starters: 3
From NH: Sr. G Josh Jones (Salem), Fr. F Jeff Giannelli (Merrimack)

- - - - - - - -



St. Anselm
2011-12 record: 12-14 (10-12 NE-10)
Returning players: 8
Returning starters: 3
From NH: None

- - - - - - - -



SNHU
2011-12 record: 12-15 (8-14 NE-10)
Returning players: 8
Returning starters: 4
From NH: Sr. G Bill Marsden (Pelham/Central Catholic), Jr. G/F Jonathan Grenier (Pembroke), Jr. G Mike Stys (Hooksett/Manchester Central/University of New Haven), Fr. F David Madol (Manchester/Memorial)

It really shouldn't be shocking that one of the Division II men's basketball teams from New Hampshire cracked the preseason Top 20 poll.

It's just not the team most would expect.

Franklin Pierce University's rise from the ashes a year ago has made the Ravens of Rindge the new hot thing going into this season.

Division II Bulletin tabbed the Ravens second in its preseason poll, the National Association of Basketball Coaches picked them 10th and the Northeast-10 coaches made them the favorite to win the conference. On top of that, senior guard Eric Jean-Guillaume, of Stamford, Conn., was named the NABC preseason player of the year.

Heady stuff for a program that hadn't had a winning season since the 2001-02 season and was 6-21 the season before last year's 22-8 breakout campaign that included a share of the NE-10 regular-season title and its first trip to the NCAAs in 16 years.

"We don't even talk about it," FPU coach David Chadbourne said. "We talked about goals when we first got together in September and that was it."

We'll find out more about the Ravens as well as Southern New Hampshire University and St. Anselm when all three teams open their season.

The Ravens face LIU Post in Manchester on the first day of the SNHU tournament Friday at 5:30. The host Penmen play Wilmington (Del.) University at 7:30. St. Anselm also opens up Saturday afternoon at 4 when it plays Concordia on the first day of the St. Rose tournament in Albany, N.Y.

Here's a quick look at each team.

Franklin Pierce

Jean-Guillaume is an athletic guard who can take over a game with his athleticism and ability to score in streaks. He was the NE-10 player of the year after averaging 14.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.3 steals per game last season. But the Ravens are far from a one-man show.

Junior forward Ellis Cooper was also named to the all-conference first team and the Ravens return most of the players who formed a deep and tireless rotation a year ago. Look for UMass Lowell transfer Scotty Tavares-Taylor and junior college transfer Georgios Papapetrou to make them even deeper.

St. Anselm

St. Anselm coach Keith Dickson could have joined SNHU counterpart Stan Spirou in the exclusive 500-win club with a really good season a year ago, but it was anything but.

The Hawks opened last season by losing eight of their first 10 games and never recovered, finishing 12-14 for their first losing season in four years. Dickson goes into this season with 488 wins.

The team was built around freshman guard Roy Mabrey, so they should already be better than last season based solely on him being a year older. Mabrey averaged 15.1 points in his rookie season and showed flashes of being the next great St. Anselm player.

Junior forward Allen Harris transferred and center Jack Keough graduated, which means the team's two other double-digit scorers from last year are gone, but look for sophomore forward Chris Santo (a transfer from Vermont) and freshman forward Mike McCahey to have an immediate impact.

SNHU

The Penmen have never had three consecutive losing seasons in their 49 years, but that's the dubious record they are trying to avoid after going 11-15 two years ago and 12-15 last season.

Spirou turned his team over to a core of young players last year and he'll be banking on them to learn from that experience. Sophomore BJ Carderelli, Elijah Bonsignore and Aleksandar Dobrovic are a talented trio; now they will be expected to be more consistent.

The team may be even younger than last year with freshman guard Rodney Sanders - another in a string of prep players from St. Thomas More to join the Penmen - and freshman center Kostas Mantalvanos expected to be in the rotation.

"We're expecting a little diaper rash because we're so young, but once we get everyone together, there's some talent," Spirou said.

Two other new players who are more than familiar with the program are expected to provide immediate help after sitting out last year; junior guard Mike Stys of Hooksett (Central) is a transfer from New Haven and red-shirt freshman forward David Madol of Manchester (Memorial/Trinity) could be key players. Madol is out for at least three weeks after preseason knee surgery; he also has to sit out two games for playing in a non-sanctioned summer league event.


  • Should public schools in NH provide students with firearms safety instruction?
  • Yes
  • 65%
  • No
  • 35%
  • Total Votes: 1958
 NH Sports Angle more
Links to news and happenings around the world of sports with a Granite State connection, updated daily.

New OT rule in AHL generating buzz

Slam thunk! Sarah Silverman nearly hit by basketball at Knicks game... but luckily John McEnroe is there to shield her

Spurs' Matt Bonner will wear new Adidas Crazy 8 shoes for Christmas game

Jason Saltmarsh: Runners should never have to pay for their race photos

Ex-official pleads guilty to embezzling thousands from Pembroke football nonprofit

Former New Hampshire goalie DeSmith tells his side of arrest, dismissal from team

NH hockey team moving to Maine could be worth at least $1 million in economic activity say city officials

New owners of Claremont plan to put speedway back on track

Speedway in Claremont bought for nearly $519,000

Lebanon marathoner qualifies for US Olympic Trials

Matt Bonner talks about the end of the run, making the simple play, and playing until he's 40

Ex-UNH goalie agrees to diversion,receive counseling, avoids jail

Wildcats will face Chattanooga in prime time

New England Revolution forward Charlie Davies teaches supporters how to believe

Helmetless Football? Its the new practice at UNH

CASEY DeSMITH

DeSmith officially dismissed from New Hampshire team, but can return to class as of Dec. 20

San Antonio Spurs forward Matt Bonner (15), of Concord, N.H., shoots the ball against Boston Celtics center Tyler Zeller (44) during the second half at TD Garden.

Rapper Lil B gives shoutout to…Matt Bonner?

Manchester Central's Tyler Stratton watches his shot get by Spaulding High School (Rochester) goalie Derek Scott during a shootout at the 2012 Bauer Christmas Hockey Classic hosted at JFK Coliseum in Manchester.

VFW downsizing threatens Spaulding hockey due to loss of venue for Bingo fundraisers

Eagles notes: Kelly committed to current job

5 face riot charges in beating incident at football game

Ayotte rips top sports league commissioners for snubbing hearing on domestic violence

Manchester Monarchs sign Josh Gratton to AHL contract

MORE

 New Hampshire Events Calendar
    

    SHARE EVENTS FOR PUBLICATION, IT'S FREE!

Upcoming Events

 New Hampshire Business Directory

  

    ADD YOUR BUSINESS TODAY!