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CAA Rookie of the Year transfers to BYU

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Elon transfer guard Elijah Bryant, the 2015 Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Year, announced through his Instagram page on Tuesday night that he transferred to BYU.

The 6-foot-4 Bryant averaged 14.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game in his freshman season at Elon. He announced his intend to leave the program on June 29. He will have three years of eligibility remaining after he sits out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

He became a late addition to Elon, committing in April 2014 after his lone season prep season at New Hampton School (New Hampshire). He had originally committed to Samford.

Bryant will become eligible for the 2016-17 campaign, the same season T.J. Hawks, Eric Mika and Payton Dastrup all return from the LDS missions.

Late Night Snacks: George Washington throttles DePaul

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: Wright State 79, Belmont 71

Two teams capable of contending in their respective conferences met in Nashville, with the Raiders winning by eight thanks in part to their shooting from beyond the arc. Billy Donlon’s Raiders made ten of their 15 three-pointers on the night, with Reggie Arceneaux, Grant Benzinger and JT Yoho hitting three apiece. Yoho finished with 16 points to lead the way for Wright State, which also beat Belmont 73-70 on November 14 in Dayton.


1. George Washington 81, DePaul 68

The Blue Demons entered Thursday’s game in the nation’s capital having won four straight, but they struggled on both ends of the floor against Mike Lonergan’s Colonials. DePaul committed 19 turnovers, and on the other end George Washington managed to shoot 57 percent from the field. Patricio Garino scored 19 points to lead the way for George Washington, with Joe McDonald and Kevin Larsen adding 18 apiece.

2. Missouri 78, Elon 73

After leading by 19 points at the half the Tigers had to hang on in the end, with the Phoenix pulling to within one in the game’s final minutes. The good news for Kim Anderson was that his team shot well from the foul line late, thus avoiding what would have been a very disappointing defeat. Keith Shamburger and Johnathan Williams III scored 16 apiece to lead the way for Missouri, with Elon reserve guard Luke Eddy leading all scorers with 27.

3. Eastern Washington 81, San Francisco 76

Jim Hayford’s Eagles, to this point in the season, have looked like the best team in the Big Sky and their win at San Francisco only strengthens that argument. Ognjen Miljkovic scored 20 points and Tyler Harvey added 19 for Eastern Washington, and as a team the Eagles shot 12-for-25 from three. Kruize Pinkins led the way for San Francisco with a career-high 30 points to go along with 14 rebounds.


1. Jay Harris (UIC)

Harris scored 32 points in the Flames’ 71-60 win over UCF.

2. Dennis Clifford (Boston College) 

Clifford tallied 19 points, seven rebounds, three blocks and two steals in BC’s 85-74 win over Maine.

3. Kruize Pinkins (San Francisco) 

Pinkins scored 30 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the Dons’ 81-76 loss to Eastern Washington.


1. Binghamton

Bearcats other than Dusan Perisic (7-for-14, 16 points) combined to shoot 8-for-29 from the field, and as a team they finished with more turnovers (18) than made field goals (15) in a 65-44 loss at Colgate.

2. Tommy Hamilton IV (DePaul) 

Hamilton shot 1-for-6 from the field, scoring four points and grabbing six rebounds in the Blue Demons’ 81-68 loss at George Washington.


  • Garrett Covington scored 27 points to lead Western Illinois to a 78-75 win over Idaho.
  • Evan Bailey contributed 11 points and four rebounds in 17 minutes off the bench to help lead the College of Charleston to a 50-47 win over South Carolina State.
  • Johnny Dee and Christopher Anderson combined to score 39 points in San Diego’s 79-65 win at UCSB.

2014-2015 Season Preview: This the year for William & Mary, or do new contenders emerge in the CAA?

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Beginning on October 3rd and running up until November 14th, the first day of the season, College Basketball Talk will be unveiling the 2014-2015 NBCSports.com college hoops preview package.

MORE: 2014-2015 Season Preview Coverage | Conference Previews | Preview Schedule

The Colonial Athletic Association ended in dramatic fashion last season as Delaware defeated William & Mary, 75-74, in the final seconds of the conference title game in Baltimore. There will be plenty of turnover in the CAA heading into this season, as many star players have moved on from their collegiate careers and several programs from the bottom half of the conference standings in previous years look to make the jump into the NCAA tournament conversation.

William & Mary guard Marcus Thornton is the only returning first-team all-conference selection and is the league’s best player. The Tribe also return Omar Prewitt, the CAA 2013-2014 Rookie of the Year, giving W&M one of the best perimeters in the conference. Chasing the Tribe will be two teams that finished below .500, but have the tools to be serious contenders this season. Northeastern returns six of its top seven scorers, including second-teamer Scott Eatherton and Quincy Ford, who was sidelined all but two games with a back injury. The two 6-foot-8 forwards give the Huskies the CAA’s best frontline. Hofstra head coach Joe Mihalich is equipped with some offensive firepower to account for the graduation of CAA top scorer Zeke Upshaw. Juan’ya Green and Ameen Tanksley, both of whom followed Mihalich from Niagara in 2013, are now eligible, as is SMU transfer Brian Bernardi. That trio joins senior guard Dion Nesmith.

Drexel, Delaware, James Madison and Towson have all lost significant contributions, but could still pieces to offset the lost production. Damion Lee has recovered from last December’s ACL tear. He averaged 17.1 points per game for Drexel as a sophomore in 2012-2013. Gone from Delaware are four double-digit scorers, but Kyle Anderson remains, as the Blue Hens will shift to a strong defensive-minded team in 2013-2014. Two-time player of the year Jerrelle Benimon graduated last spring, but Towson does bring back Timajh Parker-Rivera and Four McGlynn while James Madison won’t have its full roster until late November.

The Dukes suspended talented scorer Andre Nation for the first five games. He missed 15 games last season due to violation of the athletic department. Northeastern has also dealt with personnel issues as starting guard Demetrius Pollard left the program earlier this month, although he remains enrolled at the university.

The CAA welcomes Elon from the Southern Conference. Elon’s Matt Matheny is one of three new CAA head coaches. Rick Pitino’s former assistant Kevin Keatts takes over at UNC-Wilmington while former Clemson assistant Earl Grant got a late start to his first season on the College of Charleston bench after the school fired Doug Wojick in early August.


In: Elon
Out: None

PRESEASON CAA PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Marcus Thornton, William & Mary

The 6-foot-4 two-guard is the conference’s top returning scorer, averaging 18.7 points per game, going for 20 or more 14 times during his junior campaign that ended with first-team all-CAA honors. Thornton back-rimmed what would have been a game-winning, buzzer-beater in the CAA championship game against Delaware; a missed shot that likely fueled his offseason workouts this summer.


  • Kyle Anderson, Delaware: The Blue Hens lost four of five double-digit scorers. Anderson, the only one to start all 35 games, should see an increase in production this season for the reigning CAA champion.
  • Scott Eatherton, Northeastern: The 6-foot-8 forward averaged a double-double last season, posting 15.9 points and 10.2 boards per game.
  • Juan’ya Green, Hofstra: One of three transfers eligible this season for a revamped roster. The 6-foot-2 guard averaged 16.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.9 assists a game for Niagara in 2012-2013.
  • Damion Lee, Drexel: Missed all but five games last year due to an ACL tear. When Lee is healthy, Drexel is a contender and he is a player of the year candidate.



1. William & Mary
2. Northeastern
3. Hofstra
4. Drexel
5. Delaware
6. James Madison
7. Towson
8. College of Charleston
9. Elon