September 25, 2013 at 12:57 am #11412
I didn’t know he was coaching college basketball, but apparently he had been at Nova as a video coordinator, then an asst at Hofstra. Now going back to Nova as an asst to Jay Wright. Quite the Patriot League connection on that staff.
Perhaps if Reed ever leaves, Neptune may be at the top of the list, rather than Logie?September 25, 2013 at 2:26 am #11414
Great to hear that Kyle is doing so well! Would have been great if we could have grabbed him as one of our ACs…September 25, 2013 at 10:27 am #11417
Even more important over short-term, can we get a game vs Nova please?September 25, 2013 at 3:54 pm #11422
Considering Jay Wright won’t schedule his alma mater, Bucknell, it is doubtful we get a game with Nova. Don’t know if Wright has ever scheduled Bucknell in his career, but not lately. Would love to see Lehigh in Dupont.September 25, 2013 at 3:59 pm #11423
Perhaps if Reed ever leaves, Neptune may be at the top of the list, rather than Logie?
If it were up to me I would give Logie the upper hand still. He has recruited with the PL regulations and coached at Lehigh and has collegiate head coaching experience. That said, I love that Neptune is moving up the coaching ranks as well. It is nothing but a good thing to have numerous young alums (Mitch Gilfillan as well) working in the coaching world. I think alums make for great coaches especially at the mid major level and the more candidates the better.September 25, 2013 at 4:23 pm #11425
I agree Logie is ahead, but Neptune has now been an assistant at Hofstra (a program not unlike Lehigh is some ways), and is now going to sit on the bench with one of the best coaches in the country (and Jay is a hell of a recruiter). Logie is out in the hinterlands of Washington, coaching D3 (good D3, but D3 is glorified high school basketball). Two very different worlds.
I know we rarely recruit locally anymore (Philly or NYC), but Neptune grew up in NYC, has coached in Metro NY, and Philly and should have some real recruiting ties in probably the 2 biggest basketball markets in America. Plus Jay Wright seems to have had a pipeline from the powerhouse Northern New Jersey prep schools for a decade. If we could ever tap into that, even the low end guys at those places would secure NCAA trips annually. Not sure who Neptune recruited while at Hofstra, but I will be curious to see him recruit at Nova. I am in on season tickets at Nova, with a bunch of Nova alums who are well tied in there, so I should be able to get a pretty up close look at him.
I don’t remember Neptune that well as a player, but didn’t he captain a Lehigh team, start a couple of seasons? Wasn’t a great era of Lehigh hoops. Lehigh has played Nova in the past, but it has been quite awhile. I remember going to Dupont to see them, but probably 10 years ago.September 25, 2013 at 6:12 pm #11431
Quote: “Considering Jay Wright won’t schedule his alma mater, Bucknell, it is doubtful we get a game with Nova. Don’t know if Wright has ever scheduled Bucknell in his career, but not lately.”
Bucknell and Villanova have played five times in the last nine years – once at Sojka. The most recent game was during the 2010-11 season. I’d be surprised if the two don’t meet again sometime in the next few years.September 25, 2013 at 6:21 pm #11432
Neptune is replacing Billy Lange, with Lange having gone to a spot with the Sixers after being Nova’s top assistant the past few years. Some are surprised by the Sixers’ interest since Lange was not a good x’s and o’s coach while at Navy.September 25, 2013 at 6:49 pm #11433
“I don’t remember Neptune that well as a player, but didn’t he captain a Lehigh team, start a couple of seasons? Wasn’t a great era of Lehigh hoops”
I think you might not be giving enough credit to Neptune and a couple of his LU teams. He was a very solid player who started two years and saw regular time off the bench the other two. Was part of one of the two best classes in PL history (Ingram, Simmons, Olivero, McNaughton, Chones, T. Thomas, Badmus, M. Bell, J. Simon, D. Brown, etc). At different times, he might have been a candidate for PL all-rookie team or 2nd team All-PL. LU his freshman year won 20 games and went 10-4 in league and won the tournament. Also his junior year was one of the better teams LU has had – going 11-3 in PL play the year Bucknell was a top 25 team nationally. Prior to the arrival of CJ, I think you’d have to go back a long way to find a better LU team.September 25, 2013 at 7:39 pm #11436
Thanks. He is younger than I thought. He must have been there middle to late 2000’s, I thought he was there earlier than that, later ’90’s/early ’00’s. Also, didn’t realize Bucknell met Villanova that frequently. I just didn’t remember them playing in the later Muscala era.
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