The Unofficial Georgetown Commit List for the Class of 2017

High school players across the country right now are making decisions on their college futures, and some are making choices involving Patriot League schools.

The news trickles out slowly, from a variety of sources, and finally ends with the official announcement from the schools of the incoming football recruit class.

But with a little work (and a lot of help), it's possible to get a list together of verbal commits to the individual Patriot League schools. 

Below the flip, get a sneak peek of Georgetown's class of 2017, including links to some highlights, and also embedded video clips - and come back to this page often, as I'm going to be updating it frequently over the next few weeks until the Hoyas officially release their Class of 2017.
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Bucknell’s Trouble With Math

Late this past Friday, at a time that is popular for dumping unpleasant news, Bucknell president John Bravman, well, dumped some unpleasant news on an unsuspecting public.

Like all the schools of the Patriot League, Bucknell prides itself as being one of the most selective schools in the country.  Not just anyone can get in; you need to be near the top of your class.

So it came as a shock to me, and plenty of others, when Mr. Bravman dropped the bombshell that Bucknell had reported false SAT and ACT averages for a seven year stretch from 2006 to 2012.

It was a shocking admission that makes one ask the question: Why?
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The Unofficial Lafayette Commit List for the Class of 2017

High school players across the country right now are making decisions on their college futures, and some are making choices involving Patriot League schools.

The news trickles out slowly, from a variety of sources, and finally ends with the official announcement from the schools of the incoming football recruit class.

But with a little work (and a lot of help), it's possible to get a list together of verbal commits to the individual Patriot League schools. 

Below the flip, get a sneak peek of Lafayette's class of 2017, including links to some highlights, and also embedded video clips - and come back to this page often, as I'm going to be updating it frequently over the next few weeks.
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Realignmentaggedon: Monmouth’s Bid NEC Associate Football Membership Denied

If you're a regular reader of this blog, you'll know that sometime Lehigh opponent Monmouth recently made a move to leave the Northeast Conference (NEC) in all sports to join the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) in all the sports that they sponsor. 

As it turns out, the MAAC does not sponsor three sports in which the Hawks compete: women's field hockey, women's bowling, and football, which meant that Monmouth president Paul G. Gaffney II needed to apply back to the NEC to become an associate member in all three sports to remain.

It didn't seem impossible that Monmouth would remain in the league in these three sports.

But today, Monmouth got their reply from NEC commissioner Noreen Morris, returning the will of the NEC presidents: yes to field hockey, and no bowling and football.

With Monmouth's "Plan A" going by the wayside, the Hawks are now certainly looking at their "Plan B"'s - one of which could very well be the Patriot League.
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The Unofficial Holy Cross Commit List for the Class of 2017

High school players across the country right now are making decisions on their college futures, and some are making choices involving Patriot League schools.

The news trickles out slowly, from a variety of sources, and finally ends with the official announcement from the schools of the incoming football recruit class.

But with a little work (and a lot of help), it's possible to get a list together of verbal commits to the individual Patriot League schools. 

Below the flip, get a sneak peek of Holy Cross's class of 2017, including links to some highlights, and also embedded video clips - and come back to this page often, as I'm going to be updating it frequently over the next few weeks.
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Lehigh Stays Undefeated in League Play

Lehigh went on the road to the friendly confines of Sojka Pavilion in Lewisburg and won for the third time in a little over 11 months, becoming the first team to ever win three straight at Sojka, this time by a final score of 65-62. Lehigh playing again without the services of their All American guard CJ McCollum, would not be deterred in their efforts to remain undefeated in Patriot League play and take over sole possession of first place. Lehigh, with the victory, moves to 4-0 in league play and hands Bucknell their first league loss.

Lehigh needed to get out to a hot start in a hostile environment and they were the team that was most ready to play when the ball was thrown up to start the game. Lehigh rode the hot hands of Holden Greiner and BJ Bailey in the first half, as the two combined to score 16 of Lehigh’s first 19 points, each chipping in 8. Lehigh extended its first half lead to 15 points, leading 27-12 at one point after a couple deep three pointers from Corey Schaefer. The first half however was a tale of two halves, as Lehigh won the first part of the half but the veteran laden Bison squad came storming back, and cut the Lehigh lead at the half to one point.

The second half was nip and tuck for the entire 20 minute frame, as both teams battled back and forth jockeying for pole position. Bucknell got a scare when Muscala went down after fouling BJ on a drive to the rim, which forced Muscala to miss roughly 5+ minutes in the second half, but Bucknell excelled with their all league center on the bench, spurred on by freshman forward Dom Hoffman who hit several big buckets with Muscala on the bench. Bucknell’s size was starting to wear down the Mountain Hawks and the Bison started to build up a bit of a lead before Mackey McKnight and BJ Bailey took over. BJ continued his hot outside shooting in the second half, in route to a perfect 4 for 4 night from the 3 point line, and when the Bucknell defense closed out on BJ he attacked the rim with aggressiveness and determination. BJ continued to penetrate into the heart of the defense and finished or drew fouls from the Bison big men. BJ finished with a game high 18 points, he also added in 3 assists, 2 blocks, 2 rebounds, and a steal. If BJ was Batman, McKnight was his Robin in the second half. Mackey finished with 17 points and a 8 big rebounds for the Mountain Hawks, and was the Maestro Man once again, making great decisions with the ball in his hands as evident by his zero turnovers in 37 minutes of action. Mackey hit the 3 ball tonight, going 3 for 5 from distance, and also penetrated and finished or drew fouls at the rim.

Coach Reed made a great lineup decision with roughly 6 minutes left in the game to counter the size of Bucknell, as he inserted freshman big man Justin Goldsborough and the frontcourt of Knutson/Greiner/Goldsborough with BJ and Mackey in the backcourt really pushed Lehigh over the finish line. Goldsborough had some big moments on the glass and by putting some points on the board in the second half, and has some of the quickest hops off the floor that has been seen in Patriot League action. This big lineup helped control the glass, limit Bucknell to one shot, and helped close the rebounding margin at a crucial time. Knutson, finished with a team high 9 rebounds, including 4 on the offensive end, including a big one in the final minutes of play that lead to an extra Lehigh possession.

With the win, Lehigh just let the world know what many inside and around the program already knew, that this is a TEAM and a TEAM that isn’t going away no matter who is on the court. Backed by a phenomenal coaching staff and a team of brothers who root and pull for one another, the Mountain Hawks are flying high into their battle with their local rival from Easton at Stabler Arena on Sunday.

The Unofficial Fordham Commit List for the Class of 2017

If it's late January, that can only mean one thing for Lehigh football fans: the steady stream of commitments coming from high school seniors.

In past years, I have posted one humongous posting of all the Patriot League teams whom I've confirmed are headed to Patriot League schools.

This year, though, I've decided to break out my posted commitments by school.

Below the flip, get a sneak peek of Forhdam's class of 2017 - and come back to this page often, as I'm going to be updating it frequently over the next few weeks.
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Lehigh 3-0 in Patriot League Play

Lehigh jumped out on Colgate from the opening tap by scoring the first 9 points of the game and led wire to wire in a 60-45 victory on Saturday night in front of a fired up Stabler Arena crowd, pushing the Mountain Hawks to a 3-0 record in league play. The old adage is that “defense wins championships” and Lehigh rolled out another championship effort on the defensive end in holding Colgate to 45 points. Tonight marked the 5th straight game that Lehigh has held opponents under the 60 point marker, which is truly remarkaable. Coincidence aside, this team has stepped up the defensive effort post the injury to CJ, which is the best way you help try to make-up for losing a 2,000+ point scorer, allow less points.

It has been a true team effort on the defensive end as well, and tonight the highlight was holding Colgate’s leading scorer Burnatowski to 2 points on 1 for 13 shooting. Lehigh racked up 11 steals on defense, led by the Maestro Man Mackey McKnight who had 5 big swipes and put pressure on the ‘Gate guards all night long. In addition to the steals, Lehigh put up 6 blocked shots, including 3 by the long athletic guard BJ Bailey and 2 by the surging freshman big man Justin Goldsborough.

Offensively, Lehigh was again lead by their upperclassman, and it started with the Holden Greiner early in the game. Holden was crucial early in the game in building up a big Lehigh lead, and ended up with a double double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. While Holden got his early, Mackey was solid throughout the game and ended with a Lehigh high 14 points on 5 for 10 shooting from the field. Mackey once again was the engine that lead this Mountain Hawks squad, as he scored in a variety of ways including deep 3-balls, driving layups, and some nice mid-range jumpers. Mackey is playing at a different level right now than he has in his first two years when he started and excelled on this Lehigh team. The Maestro Man again stuffed the stat sheet with get this, 14 points/7 rebounds/5 steals/4 assists. Joining Holden and Mackey in double figures was junior guard Anthony D’Orazio, another Mountain Hawk who is also playing his best basketball of his career in Bethlehem. D’Orazio finished the evening with 12 points and a big 8 rebounds from the guard spot .

Lehigh runs their record to 3-0 for the first time in 7 years, and this win sets up an early season showdown with the other undefeated team in the league, the Bucknell Bison. Got plans for Wednesday night at 6:00 PM Eastern Time, better cancel them and tune into the CBS Sports Network to watch this battle for first place in the league.

The Unofficial Colgate Commit List for the Class of 2017

If it's late January, that can only mean one thing for Lehigh football fans: the steady stream of commitments coming from high school seniors.

In past years, I have posted one humongous posting of all the Patriot League teams whom I've confirmed are headed to Patriot League schools.

This year, though, I've decided to break out my posted commitments by school.

Below the flip, get a sneak peek of Colgate's class of 2017 - and come back to this page often, as I'm going to be updating it frequently over the next few weeks.
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The Unofficial Bucknell Commit List for the Class of 2017

If it's late January, that can only mean one thing for Lehigh football fans: the steady stream of commitments coming from high school seniors.

In past years, I have posted one humongous posting of all the Patriot League teams whom I've confirmed are headed to Patriot League schools.

This year, though, I've decided to break out my posted commitments by school.

Below the flip, get a sneak peek of Bucknell's class of 2017 - and come back to this page often, as I'm going to be updating it frequently over the next few weeks.
Read more »