Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE
Robert Morris sat behind LIU-Brooklyn and Wagner in the NEC last year, so what most people do not know is that the Colonials have now gone to four consecutive NEC championship games, although they have lost the last two. This year, they should find themselves back in the championship, and this time, they should win it.
Robert Morris returns almost everyone from last year's team, including all five starters. The only exception is Lawrence Bridges, who averaged only 3.8 points and 3.8 rebounds.
The Colonials return Velton Jones, who led the team with 16 points and 4.5 assists per game. He is possibly the best player in the NEC this year.
Also back are Coron Williams (10.8 points per game), Russell Johnson (8.5 points, 5.7 rebounds), Lucky Jones (8.5 points, 6.1 rebounds), Mike McFadden (8.4 points, 4.3 rebounds), Lijah Thompson (7.3 points, 4.2 rebounds) and Anthony Myers (6.2 points, three assists).
This team has extreme depth, and that is vital for a mid-major program.
However, the Colonials do not have a lot of size. McFadden is their only consistent contributor who stands at 6'8" or taller, but there are a bunch of players standing at 6'6" and 6'7". With players of these heights, they may struggle to control the inside, but they will be able to create some mismatches on the wings.
Robert Morris might have some trouble getting to the NCAA tournament with other solid teams such as Wagner and Quinnipiac also competing for the conference title. However, if the Colonials do get to March as a No. 15 or No. 14 seed, they have the talent to pull off an upset or two.