Team preview: Sacred Heart
Blue Ribbon Yearbook previews the 2006-07 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.
(Information in this team report is as of October 1.)
Last season Sacred Heart finally broke on through to the other side.
After struggling to find their Division I way, the Pioneers turned their seventh season competing in the college game's highest level into a successful one. They won five of their first eight league games and hung on to make the NEC Tournament for the first time since 2001-02 despite playing without one of their best players all year.
While forward Joey Henley sat with a broken ankle, senior Kibwe Trim stepped into the spotlight and guided SHU through the season. Trim averaged 19.2 points and 8.6 rebounds on the way to all-conference first-team honors.
"It was a good news, bad news year," coach Dave Bike said. "It certainly was an improvement [for the program]."
The Pioneers open a new season with some good news and some bad news. The former comes with the return of Henley, a 6-5 junior who averaged 12.3 points and 5.3 rebounds while being voted to the all-conference second team in 2004-05.
But the Pioneers no longer have Trim, who overcame two years of back woes to be a star in the NEC in his final season.