2013-14 Brooklyn College Men’s Basketball Preview
Added by Bernadette Pasley on October 10, 2013.
The men’s basketball team at Brooklyn College struggled early in the 2012-13 season before finally coming together as a cohesive unit. That unity was a bit late, however, as they finished the season 12-14. The record included a loss to the College Of Staten Island in the semifinals of the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) Championships
Brooklyn goes into the 2013-14 season with seven new players and no projected seniors. Assistant coach Brian Shea believes that acclimating these new players is the biggest challenge that he and the rest of the coaching staff face this season. In a recent email, Shea said, “In order for us to be successful, the coaching staff has to try to accelerate the learning curve of the new Bulldogs. As talented they may be as individuals, the new [players] must learn how to find their niche in [our] system and ensure that they are one team, with one goal.”
The Bulldogs start the season on November 16th against Amherst College. Conference play begins on December 6th against the reigning CUNYAC champs, the College Of Staten Island. Brooklyn’s final three games are at home against City and York Colleges, and John Jay College Of Criminal Justice, after which they hope to improve upon last year’s run in the CUNYAC Championships, beginning on February 22nd.
Shea believes the team’s new players are in a good position to tackle this schedule. ”The Bulldogs have a unique opportunity to really build an identity and team camaraderie that could lead to extensive sustained success over the next few years,” he said.
Brooklyn would like to return to the days when they were one of the better teams in the CUNYAC and in the Atlantic Region as well. Shea feels they have the talent and desire to help get them there. He was optimistic enough to say, “We are determined to bring the CUNYAC Championship back to Brooklyn College this season.” While that may not happen, it should still be interesting to watch this team give it its best shot.