Oct 4, 2013, 4:04 PM EDT
Northeastern took home its first CAA regular-season title in 2012-13 and earned its third postseason appearance in the past five years. While the Huskies need to replace standout guards Jon Lee and Joel Smith, there is plenty of talent and experience returning.
Leading the list of returnees for Northeastern is junior forward Quincy Ford, who earned third-team All-CAA honors last season. The versatile and athletic Ford averaged 12.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game and should see those numbers increase as he becomes the Huskies’ top option offensively. Junior forward Reggie Spencer is coming off a solid year in which he contributed 9.8 points per game while shooting 51.2% from the floor. The Huskies’ post player also ranked 13th in the league in rebounding (6.0 rpg). Providing even more firepower up front is the addition of 6-foot-8 St. Francis (Pa.) transfer Scott Eatherton, who tallied 14.0 ppg and 7.0 rpg in 2011-12 while shooting 61.4% from the floor. Sophomore forward Zach Stahl (5.7 ppg) turned in a strong rookie campaign and provides depth.
The lone returning backcourt starter is sophomore David Walker, a CAA All-Rookie selection who not only provided offense with 6.2 ppg and 79 assists, but was also solid defensively with 42 steals. There are several candidates to join him in the starting five as juniors Demetrius Pollard (5.6 ppg) and Marco Banegas-Flores (2.2 ppg) and sophomore Derrico Peck are back after seeing time as reserves a year ago. The Huskies have also added three freshmen guards, led by T.J. Williams.
Northeastern’s non-conference schedule includes nine postseason participants and three defending conference champions. The Huskies play road games at VCU and Vanderbilt, host Harvard and meet Georgetown in the first round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
Did You Know: Northeastern’s regular-season title was its first as a member of the CAA and its first overall since capturing the America East in 1992-93. Sixteen of the Huskies’ 20 games against CAA foes were decided by seven points or less and the Huskies were 12-4 in those contests.
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