America East RUMORS & NEWS

  • Ahmad Walker transfers back into SBU basketball program

    The Statesman "What was first reported by Seawolves Nation has now been confirmed by Stony Brook Athletics: Ahmad Walker is back. The six-foot-four-inch 175-pound wing will transfer back to Stony Brook University in the fall. Walker spent two years as a Seawolf before transferring to Barton Community College..." May 03

  • Vermont signee Josh Speidel makes major progress, says word 'Mom'

    Indianapolis Star "When Josh Speidel said "mom" on Thursday for the first time since he suffered a severe brain injury on Feb. 1, Lisa Speidel had stepped out of the hospital room. Dave, her husband and Josh's father, insisted he said it. Lisa had to hear it for herself. She took Josh's fingers, placed them on..." April 19

  • UAlbany’s Baker, two others, leaving program

    Times Union "Two weeks after appearing in the NCAA Tournament, the University at Albany basketball program has lost three players. Great Danes’ coach Will Brown announced Friday that promising freshman guard Wheeler Baker has asked for a transfer. The Danes have given it to him. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound..." April 05

  • UAlbany men leave for NCAA Tournament after delay

    Times Union "The UAlbany men’s basketball team is on its way to the NCAA Tournament after a slow start. The Great Danes had expected to leave Albany around 10 Wednesday morning for Columbus, Ohio, where they planned to practice later in the afternoon in preparation for Friday’s game against Oklahoma. But..." March 18

  • UMBC men's basketball loses leading scorer Wayne Sparrow for rest of season

    Baltimore Sun "A difficult season for UMBC has taken another bad turn. Leading scorer Wayne Sparrow is no longer eligible to play in the 2014-15 season, the team announced Thursday morning. Sparrow, a first-team All-Metro selection for St. Frances in 2010, had graduated in four years with a degree in..." February 01

  • Binghamton junior guard leaves the program and intends to transfer

    College Basketball Talk "Binghamton took a significant hit to its roster on Friday as the team announced that junior guard Jordan Reed is leaving the program and will seek a transfer. The 6-foot-4 guard has been an All-America East selection the past two seasons after averaging 16.6 points and 9.5 rebounds per game as a..." December 08

  • UVM: Duncan to sit out rest of season

    Burlington Free Press "Ernie Duncan, one of the six touted freshmen for the Catamounts, will not return to the court this season, the school announced prior to Saturday's home game vs. Harvard. Duncan, plagued by a back injury, played a total of 56 minutes in four of the Catamounts' seven games this season. The..." December 08

  • Reed on an indefinite leave of absence from BU program

    Press & Sun-Bulletin "The Binghamton University Athletic Department has just announced that junior guard and preseason all-conference player Jordan Reed is taking an indefinite leave of absence from the men's basketball program. "Junior Jordan Reed is taking an indefinite leave of absence from the men's basketball..." November 27

  • Hartford’s Evan Cooper Will Not Play This Season

    Big Apple Buckets "Six returning upperclassmen are on Hartford’s roster, which means the Hawks are without one expected returnee for the 2014 season. Hawks head coach John Gallagher confirmed that Evan Cooper will sit out the 2014-15 season and is taking a leave of absence from the school for this year. The..." September 09

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 08

  • Stony Brook freshman guard Ahmad Walker to transfer

    College Basketball Talk "Stony Brook took a hit to its 2014-15 America East title hopes on Friday as the school announced in a release that freshman guard Ahmad Walker is leaving the program. The 6-foot-4 Walker appeared in 34 games for the Seawolves last season and averaged seven points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists..." June 20

  • Maine names Bob Walsh as next coach

    CBS Sports "The Black Bears have found their coach. Bob Walsh is taking over the program, agreeing to a four-year deal worth $420,000. The school made its announcement Wednesday morning. Walsh takes over for Ted Woodward, who was terminated after 10 seasons on the job, amassing a 117-178 record. The..." May 07

  • Stony Brook extends Steve Pikiell's contract

    Newsday "Coming off his fourth 20-win season and fourth postseason berth in five years, Stony Brook men's basketball coach Steve Pikiell on Wednesday received a one-year contract extension through the 2018-19 season, the school announced. The extension maintains Pikiell's contract at the full five years..." May 01

  • Maine and longtime coach Ted Woodward part ways

    CBS Sports "Maine has announced it will be finding a new head coach. The school opted to buy out the remaining two years of Ted Woodward's contract. His final day was Monday. "The decision was reached after several weeks of evaluation of the program by director of athletics Karlton Creech and university..." April 15

  • No. 1 Gators stumble early during 67-55 win against Albany

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Coach Billy Donovan's first great run with the Florida Gators nearly ended before it began. Mike Miller's game-winning layup as time expired against Butler during the opening round of the 2000 NCAA Tournament ignited an unexpected ride to the Final Four by the Gators. Following the UF's..." March 20

  • Reward for Albany? No. 1 seed Florida

    New York Post "Fifteen minutes had passed following Albany’s first-ever NCAA Tournament win when coach Will Brown’s 11-year-old son approached his dad with the sobering reality — No. 1 Florida was next. “He goes, ‘Are we going to get killed?’ ” Brown said with a smile. Traveling overnight from Dayton to..." March 20

  • Georgia 63, Vermont 56

    ProSportsDaily "Charles Mann scored 29 points as the host Bulldogs advanced to the second round of the NIT. Georgia (20-13), the second seed in Region 4, overcame 22 turnovers and a late five-point deficit to reach 20 wins for just the 12th time in school history. The Bulldogs also received 16 points from..." March 20

  • Albany 71, Mount St. Mary's 64

    ProSportsDaily "DJ Evans matched a career high with 22 points and had nine rebounds while Peter Hooley scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half as the Great Danes held off the Mountaineers in a battle of No. 16 seeds in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Dayton, Ohio. Gary Johnson added 13 points..." March 19

  • Albany tops Mount St. Mary's for first NCAA tournament win

    USA Today "Mount St. Mary's wanted to play fast. Albany wanted to be methodical. And when the contrasting styles clashed in the First Four of the NCAA tournament, Mount St. Mary's coach Jamion Christian knew what the result would look like. "Mayhem," the second-year coach said. And what an appropriate..." March 19

  • UAlbany beats Mt. St. Mary’s 71-64, top-ranked Florida next

    Albany Times Union "The University at Albany got 21 points from DJ Evans and 20 from Peter Hooley and outlasted Mount St. Mary’s 71-64 in a NCAA first round game at the University at Dayton Arena Tuesday night. This was the first NCAA Division I basketball win for the Danes, who earned a trip to Orlando, Fla. with..." March 19

  • Not worried about who's next

    Albany Times Union "It didn't take long before Will Brown was asked the next obvious question: Where do you think the University at Albany men's basketball team is headed for its NCAA Tournament game? Brown wasn't about to hold a course in bracketology in a hallway just beyond a very empty Pritchard Gym on..." March 18

  • Albany Draws Mount St. Mary’s In NCAA Tournament First Round "Earning No. 16 seeds, the University at Albany men’s basketball team will take on Mount St. Mary’s University in the NCAA Tournament First Round on Tuesday, March 18th at 6:40 p.m. in Dayton, Ohio. The game will air live on truTV. Placed in the South Region bracket, the winner of Tuesday’s game..." March 18

  • Why some teams relish making NCAA tournament first round

    USA Today "To casual fans, a No. 16 seed is a No. 16 seed no matter how you slice it. But to individual programs involved and the conferences that house them, there's a major difference between a No. 16 seed that gets put in the NCAA tournament's main draw and one sent to Dayton for the First..." March 18

  • Albany Great Danes upset Stony Brook, advance to NCAA tournament

    Albany Times Union "For the second straight season, the, University at Albany has pulled off an improbable upset and is now its way to the NCAA Tournament. Playing the America East championship game away from home for the second straight year, the Danes upset second-seeded Stony Brook 69-60 in front of a sold out..." March 16

  • Albany 69, Stony Brook 60

    ProSportsDaily "Sam Rowley led all scorers with 18 points as the Great Danes captured their second consecutive America East championship, turning away the Seawolves to earn an NCAA tournament berth in Stony Brook, New York. DJ Evans added 16 points for Albany and Peter Hooley notched 15, including a series of..." March 15

  • New Hampshire fires staffer over alleged locker room photos

    CBS Sports "The University of New Hampshire has fired its longtime director of basketball operations after school officials alleged he "secretly took pictures of male athletes in a locker room." This story comes via the Associated Press. Scott Weitzell, 50, had been with UNH's basketball program for 12..." March 06

  • SJU 1st, Stony Brook 3rd in hoops poll

    Newsday "If this week’s poll looks identical to last week’s, there’s a good reason to think that. Manhattan changed places with Quinnipiac and St. Francis swapped positions with Columbia. The rest of the teams all remained the same. 1. St. John’s (19-11) 2. Iona (20-9) 3. Stony Brook (21-9) 4...." March 04

  • Local college rankings: Iona passes St. John’s for top spot

    New York Post "Two straight losses may have knocked St. John’s from the top spot, but Iona’s 11 consecutive wins more than validate its ascension. (Last week’s rankings in parentheses) 1. Iona (2) Record: 19-8, 16-2 Up next: Friday (7 p.m.) at Manhattan After two straight NCAA Tournament..." February 28

  • The "Gentle Giant" leads by example, on and off the court

    The New Hampshire "At nine years old, Chris Pelcher had a dream to be a basketball player. Now, 14 years later, Pelcher is living out his dream as a Div. I college basketball player for the University of New Hampshire. Pelcher, No. 44, currently plays center for the Wildcats. But before transferring to UNH he..." February 21

  • Red Storm still No. 1 in Metro Poll

    Newsday "St. John’s is still on top in the poll after crushing Georgetown and edging Seton Hall last week. Iona maintained its hold on the second spot after wins over St. Peter’s and Monmouth last week and Stony Brook remains at No. 3 after a solid win over UMass-Lowell. Quinnipiac made a huge jump,..." February 20

  • Jameel Warney helps Stony Brook defeat UMBC, 72-53

    Newsday "The nominal opponent for Stony Brook Wednesday night at Pritchard Gymnasium was University of Maryland-Baltimore County, but the Seawolves' real opponent as they push for a first-ever NCAA Tournament bid is themselves. Following their first America East home loss in three years against New..." February 20

  • Local college rankings: St. John’s and Iona neck and neck

    New York Post "The St. John’s-Iona tug of war continues. Though the Gaels are making an impressive run through the MAAC, having won eight straight games, the Red Storm will retain the top spot until their incredible stretch concludes. (Last week’s rankings in parentheses) 1. St. John’s (1) Record: 16-9,..." February 14

  • Seawolves to tangle with UNH Saturday on ESPN3 "Stony Brook, winners of eight of its last nine games, takes a 23-game home conference winning streak into Saturday's clash with New Hampshire. Game time at Pritchard Gymnasium is 2 p.m. Saturday, Stony Brook is celebrating Wolfie's Birthday! All fans who attend the game will receive FREE..." February 08

  • Ahmad Walker garners second straight America East Rookie of the Week honor "Redshirt freshman Ahmad Walker (Port Washington, N.Y.) of the Stony Brook men's basketball team has been named America East Rookie of the Week for the second consecutive week, the conference office announced Monday. Walker averaged 12.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists in three games last..." January 28

  • Stony Brook’s Anthony Jackson Embracing Bench Role

    Big Apple Buckets "Senior Anthony Jackson appeared to be in the right place at the right time to save the Seawolves Friday night. After a lead as large as 17 was cut to six, the senior drained a three-pointer to answer the run. Then, after Vermont freshman Kurt Steidl nailed a contested three-pointer by Jackson..." January 27

  • Seawolves pull out 67-64 win over Vermont at sold-out Pritchard "Sophomore Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) delivered 18 points and nine rebounds, senior Anthony Jackson (Columbus, Ohio) had 16 points and the Stony Brook men's basketball team survived a furious Vermont rally with stout defense at the end as the #Seawolves came away with a 67-64 victory over the..." January 25

  • NCAA grants waiver for teams playing more than four non-Division I opponents

    College Basketball Talk "There was a report out yesterday that the NCAA would be deciding soon on whether or not to waive an obscure rule that would force teams in smaller leagues to forfeit games. In summation: Division I teams cannot play more than four non-Division I teams in a season. Transitional Division I..." January 16