With all five starters back from an 18-10 team,
should outdistance injury-plagued Furman in the Southern Conference. Ronnie Carr led the team in scoring (17.6 points) and made the first three-point basket in collegiate history as the SC experimented with the three-point shot. Swingman Greg Dennis, who averaged 15.9 points per game, is Coach Steve Cottrell's other all-conference player. The Catamounts also recruited four freshman frontliners, the best being Forward Cedric Cokely, who could start immediately.
welcomes back its front line of 6'11" Jim Johnson, Guy Morgan and Alvis Rogers and most of the other players who helped run North Carolina out of its own gym 84-68 and won 14 straight games before coming down to earth and finishing the season at 22-7. The Deacons' biggest task will be to find a suitable replacement for point guard and first-round NBA draft pick Frank Johnson ( Washington Bullets). Coach Carl Tacy's choice is 6'2" freshman Delaney Rudd, who was lightly recruited because his coach at Hollister ( N.C.) High insisted on playing him at center.
Long Island University
is located in Brooklyn, one of the most fertile breeding grounds for basketball talent anywhere, and Coach Paul Lizzo has succeeded in persuading an outstanding flock of prospective Blackbirds not to fly the coop. Eight of the 10 players who got LIU an 18-11 record and an NCAA bid in 1980-81 are back, including four starters, and all live a subway ride away from school. Center Riley Clarida, an honorable mention All-America, is the best of the Blackbirds, but 5'9" Earl Fuller, a Brownsville product nicknamed World after erstwhile neighbor Lloyd Free, is the most spectacular.
should beat out James Madison as the ECAC South's NCAA qualifier. The four starters returning from last season's 18-10 Monarchs are bolstered by a good recruiting class. Senior Forward Ronnie McAdoo scored 15.9 points and had 7.9 rebounds a game in 1980-81, and Center Mark West, who led the nation with more than four blocked shots a game last season, was in double figures in both scoring and rebounding.
"Buzzer jobs, we call 'em," says former
Coach Jim Lynam, whose assistant, Jim Boyle, has replaced him. "We had a lot of buzzer jobs." And in two seasons as a starting guard, senior Bryan Warrick has been the key figure at the end of 11 such victories. Seven of them came last year as the Hawks soared to a 25-8 record and the East Coast Conference championship. Warrick's running mate, Jeffery Clark, is also back, as is the cream of the Philly high school crop of two years ago, Forward Lonnie McFarlan and Center Tony Costner.
Coach Pete Carril isn't used to getting all-city high school players. He's especially not used to getting all-city players from Los Angeles. And to have an All-L.A. prospect change his mind and decide to enroll just a few weeks before school opens—well, it's almost enough to cure Carril of his congenital pessimism. The hotshot is Lawrence Raphael, a shooting guard, who'll get playing time with two other promising freshman backcourt candidates, Jeff Pagano and Isaac Carter. By midseason one of them will probably pair up with sophomore Bill Ryan, who started most of his freshman season and contributed five assists and five steals in the Tigers' playoff win over Penn for the Ivy title. The front-court has experience in Craig Robinson, Neil Christel and Rich Simkus. Robinson is the top returning scorer, while Christel, Ryan and Simkus, a 6'8" center, are the three passers who make Princeton's clockwork orange-and-black attack go.
North Carolina A&T
was the surprise of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference last season, going 21-8 and reaching the NIT with mostly freshmen and sophomores. Coach Don Corbett's Aggies, led by top scorer James Anderson (18.3 points a game) and top re-bounder Joe Binion (9.3) should win the 1982 league tourney and earn their first NCAA tournament bid since going Division I in 1971.
Although the Eastern Eight is reportedly on the verge of falling apart,
is as stable as ever. Forward Greg Nance is the only major loss from last spring's 23-10 NIT semifinalists, and a 14-game summer tour of Australia should give Coach Gale Catlett's Mountaineers a running start. Forward Russel Todd was on top of his game Down Under, playing the best ball on the tour; Greg Jones is the top guard in the conference and made the NIT all-tournament team.
wore out 23 opponents in 1980-81 with Coach Tom Davis' constant substitutions and wore out more than a few basketballs with its constant bounce-passing. Last season's Eagles were a finesse team, but now B.C. has two bruisers to go along with four veteran starters. John Garris, a 6'8", 215-pound shot-blocking specialist, is eligible after transferring from Michigan, and 7-foot Montrealer Ron Crevier, a junior and a former Junior A hockey player, spent last season playing with the Canadian national team. Big East Conference Player of the Year John Bagley (20.8 points per game), British Forward Martin Clark and 6'9" Center Jay Murphy are the best of the starters, but in Davis' scheme, starting doesn't mean much.
should improve on its 20-10 record of last year and earn the ECAC North's NCAA bid. Though the Crusaders lost two sharpshooters in forwards Garry Witts and Tom Seaman, they retain one of the East's best backcourts in Kevin Greaney, who toured South America during the off-season with an NIT all-star team, and Eddie Thurman. Forwards Chris Logan and Pat Elzie blossomed toward the end of last season and are likely starters; the top newcomers are Forward James Carlton, Guard Larry Westbrook and 6'10" Center Myles Maguire, who worked over the summer at The Meadowlands in New Jersey as, presumably, the world's tallest vendor.