Last night, prior to the start of the college basketball season today, we conducted our fifth annual NEC fantasy draft. The NEC league is a favorite of our NYC Buckets writers. Ryan Peters is the defending champion. It’s a head-to-head weekly league that this season scores players in points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, turnovers, three-pointers, and free throws.
A few teams were auto-drafted last night, but everyone (hopefully) pre-ranked or attended the draft. Here’s who was selected in our eight-round snake draft. (Non-NYC Buckets writers are identified just by their team name, but feel free to claim your team on Twitter.) Note: These teams are in draft order. (I had the first pick overall and then didn’t select again until the turn at 20 and 21.)
John Templon: Keith Braxton (SFU); Mike Holloway Jr. (FDU); Blake Francis (WAG); Nick Madray (WAG); Ryan Layman (BRY); Chauncey Hawkins (SFC); Malik Harmon (SFU); Pat McNamara (FDU)
TEAM4: Darian Anderson (FDU); Dachon Burke (RMU); Greg Alexander (MSM); Chris Robinson (SHU); Keon Williams (SFC); Jagos Lasic (SFC); Tyson Batiste (CCSU); Scott Meredith (SFU)
Toole’s Tools: Adam Grant (BRY); Chris Wray (MSM); Randall Gaskins Jr. (SFU); Jahlil Jenkins (FDU); Jon Williams (RMU); David Cole (RMU); Eric Bowles (CCSU); Devin Liggeons (WAG)
Frankies: Junior Robinson (MSM); Jashaun Agosto (LIU); Mustafa Jones (CCSU); Deivydas Kuzavas (SFU); Nigel Jackson (WAG); Joshua Nurse (SFC); Joe Hugley (CCSU); Eduardo Camacho (CCSU)
Mayhem: Rasheem Dunn (SFC); Joel Hernandez (LIU); Donald Carey (MSM); Tyler Plummer (WAG); Kaleb Bishop (FDU); Jonah Antonio (MSM); Cori Johnson (SFC); Luidgy Laporal (SFU)
Ryan Peters: Joseph Lopez (SHU); Tyler Kohl (CCSU); Sean Hoehn (SHU); Malik Petteway (RMU); Deion Bute (CCSU); Charles Tucker Jr. (SHU); Brandon Carroll (BRY); Kinnon LaRose (SHU)
Bad Jon Rothstein Jokes: Isaiah Blackmon (SFU); Darnell Edge (FDU); De’von Barnett (SHU); Romone Saunders (WAG); AJ Sumbry (WAG); Koby Thomas (RMU); Chris Coalmon (RMU); Andre Wolford (SFU)
TEAM9: Austin Nehls (CCSU); JoJo Cooper (WAG); Ikenna Ndugba (BRY); Gunnar Olafsson (SFC); D.J. Porter (SFC); Hunter Ware (BRY); Elijah Davis (WAG); Kwe Askew (LIU)
Nelson Castillo: Matty McConnell (RMU); Bosko Kostur (BRY); Raiquan Clark (LIU); Malik Miller (FDU); Bobby Planutis (MSM); Julius van Sauers (LIU); Shack Scott (WAG); Raul Frias (LIU)
Mounthoops: Glenn Sanabria (SFC); Jamaal King (SFU); Mario Matasovic (SHU); Sabastian Townes (BRY); Julian Batts (LIU); Ryan Gomes (MSM); Ashtyn Bradley (LIU); Gus Riley (BRY)
Wagner had the most players drafted with 10, while four teams had seven players drafted (Sacred Heart, Robert Morris, Mount St. Mary’s, Fairleigh Dickinson). It’s not surprising that the Mount and RMU were among the schools with the fewest players drafted considering the current flux of their rotations and the lack of information available about them. Two other teams had nine playeres drafted: NEC favorite Saint Francis U. and last season’s 10th place finisher St. Francis Brooklyn. The Terriers certainly have a lot of options and Glenn Braica isn’t afraid to play with lineups.