2012-2013 CAA Team Previews: Northeastern Huskies
Last Season Record: 14-17 (9-9), 7th in CAA
Key Losses: Heading into the 2012-2013 season, Northeastern has lost a starter and key role player from last season’s rotation. First, 6-5 G/F Alwayne Bigby, who averaged 3.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game last season, started for the Huskies and averaged 22.8 minutes per game. Bigby transferred with one year left of eligibility before gradation. 6-7 F Kauri Black also transferred this offseason. The former 6th man of the Huskies averaged 4.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists on 20.9 minutes per game last season and will appear on Tulsa’s roster this year
Key Additions: Incoming freshman 6-5 G Zach Stahl (Chanhassen, Minn.), 6-8 F Kwesi Abakah (Suwanee, Ga.), 6-5 G Derrico Peck (Woodstock, Ga.), and 6-6 G David Walker (Stow, Ohio) should also add energy and excitement to this yong Husky roster.
Coach: Head Coach Bill Coen is entering his 7th season as the Huskies’ Coach. Coen spent 9 years as an Assistant at Boston College before heading across town and has lead Northeastern to steady success in the CAA. So far, his Husky teams have made post-season appearances in the CBI and NIT tournaments in 2009 and 2010 respectively.
Player to Watch: 6-2 G Jonathan Lee. During is successful 2011-2012 campaign, Smith averaged 14.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game, while shooting 47/42/79 percent from FG/3PT/FT. Lee earned 3rd Team All-CAA honors for his efforts. Lee should play his way onto the 2nd or even 1st Team All-CAA this season.
Prediction: Behind offensive firepower of senior guards Lee and 6-4 G Joel Smith, the Huskies should definitely improve on their 9-9 Conference record from last season. Reports from the Northeastern locker room are also hinting that losing Bigby and Black might actually be in a blessing in disguise for the team’s morale. Under Coach Coen, the Huskies will most likely work they way into the upper echelon of the CAA this season and a maybe have a chance at winning the conference’s postseason tournament. ESPN.com writer Andy Katz also has praised the Huskies’ improvements and impressive display during their pre-season Canadian tour.