Last ‘Homeless’ Hoops Team to Travel from Jersey to Florida 4x

The only “homeless” basketball team, which lost a record 51-straight games several years back and has been shunned by conferences in the northeast, will spend much time in Florida boasting the potential best player and team in an ASun conference that has pulled off big NCAA conference upsets.

Fox Sports and other outlets reported the move last Thursday.

The improving New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) basketball team upset a ranked Michigan team (see photo) and beat Yale and Cleveland State in a 21-12 season that ended with a College Insider Tournament semifinal. The big season came just six years after the Highlanders ended a 51-game losing streak.

They could become the latest ASun champion to pull a March Madness upset after Mercer stunned Duke (2014) and Florida Gulf Coast shocked Georgetown and San Diego State (2013). NJIT meanwhile has been the only Division 1 team without a conference since playing a long way from New Jersey in the Great West Conference until it disbanded. They will now play four road games in Florida against Florida Gulf Coast, North Florida, Jacksonville, and Stetson as part of ASun play.

The Highlanders boast two of the top three ASun players based on projections at www.valueaddbasketball.com, with Winfield Willis and Tim Coleman both worth almost four points a game over replacement players. The top-20 projected players in the ASun follow, and fans can correct any mistakes they see by clicking on the projections of all 4000+ players here:

Nat’l Asun top players Team Ht Yr Value
388 Willis, Winfield 11 NJ Inst of Technology 6’0 4 Sr 3.98
397 Davenport, Chris 35 North Florida 6’8 3 Jr 3.94
441 Coleman, Tim 2 NJ Inst of Technology 6’5 3 Jr 3.73
500 Billups, Jalen 21 Northern Kentucky 6’6 4 Sr 3.46
525 Daniels, Demarcus 32 North Florida 6’7 4 Sr 3.34
615 Moore, Dallas 14 North Florida 6’1 3 Jr 3.04
658 Rivera, Angel 15 Stetson 5’8 2 So 2.95
696 Williams, Josh 2 Lipscomb 6’5 3 Jr 2.83
834 Mackey, Trent 11 North Florida 6’3 4 Sr 2.51
870 Beech, Beau 2 North Florida 6’8 4 Sr 2.44
951 Lynn, Damon 5 NJ Inst of Technology 5’11 3 Jr 2.27
992 Alexander, Dondre Lipscomb 6’4 3 Jr 2.20
1062 Ukawuba, Rob 25 NJ Inst of Technology 6’3 3 Jr 2.10
1109 Stephens, ShunQuez 15 South Carolina UpSt. 6’5 4 Sr 2.01
1209 Tucker, Rayjon Florida Gulf Coast 6’5 1 Fr 1.88
1239 Howard, Ky 0 NJ Inst of Technology 6’4 4 Sr 1.84
1236 DeBose, Julian 3 Florida Gulf Coast 6’4 4 Sr 1.84
1235 Terrell, Christian 35 Florida Gulf Coast 6’4 2 So 1.84
1262 Clayton, Antwon 25 Jacksonville 6’6 2 So 1.80
1407 Johnson, Todd 23 Northern Kentucky 5’9 4 Sr 1.59

 


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