2002 NCAA Preview

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The following conference preview is provided by Blue Ribbon. For the nation's most comprehensive look at all Division I teams, be sure to order the 2001-02 Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, on sale now at 1-800-775-2518.

America East
Projected order of finish
1  Boston University  6  Hartford 
2  Maine  7  New Hampshire 
3  Vermont  8  Albany 
4  Northeastern  9  Binghamton 
5  Stony Brook       
All-Conference Team
Pos.  Name  Year  School  PPG 
G   Huggy Dye   SR   Maine   13.3  
G   Charles "Ricky" Cranford   SR   Northeastern   16.6  
F   Jason Grochowalski   SO   Boston   12.7  
F   Trevor Gaines   SR   Vermont   12.9  
C   Justin Rowe   JR   Maine   N/A  
Player of the Year    Charles "Ricky" Cranford, SR, Northeastern
Newcomer of the Year    Justin Rowe, JR, Maine

The America East has undergone a drastic facelift this season, with the departure of Drexel, Delaware, Towson and Hofstra to the Colonial Athletic Association and the addition of Stony Brook, Albany and Binghamton. Look for Boston University, behind preseason all-league forward Jason Grochowalski, forward Paul Symour and guard Matt Turner, to lead this revamped pack, but Maine won't be far behind. Senior guard Huggy Dye returns for the Black Bears, but the preseason buzz was all about junior college transfer Justin Rowe, a 7-footer who can block shots and rebound. He's also improved his offensive game during a redshirt year in 2000-2001. Vermont will have to be reckoned with because of a solid front line and point guard T.J. Sorrentine, last season's America East Rookie of the Year and the league's leader in assists. Northeastern has some new blood in former McNeese State coach Ron Everhart, who inherits Ricky Cranford, an all-league player and the team's leading returning scorer.  


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