More on Rider's roster
* Three starting spots -- those held by Justin Robinson, Novar Gadson and Mike Ringgold -- are virtually set in stone. The other two are up for grabs, but if I had to place a bet right now, my money would be on Anthony Myles and Danny Stewart filling the other two spots. It's also possible that Brandon Penn (or maybe Dera Nd-Ezuma if he shows more improvement over the summer than is anticipated) could land in the starting frontcourt, and/or that Jhamar Youngblood could start alongside Robinson in the backcourt.
* Robinson will start at the point and play a whole lot of minutes. He's too important to this team for that not to be the case. But Tommy Dempsey isn't sure who will spell him for the 5-10 minutes per game that the ball isn't in his hands. Look for either Myles, Pereira or Youngblood to run the point when Robinson is either on the bench or playing off the ball.
* For the first time since I started covering Rider in 2007-08, I like the Broncs' bench, which is likely to include Youngblood, Penn, Pereira, an improved Nd-Ezuma, and Pat Mansell, who when on can be an effective zone-buster.
* As I've written a few times this month, if I had to fill out a ballot right now, I'd pick Rider fifth in the MAAC, behind Fairfield, Siena, Iona and Saint Peter's. But despite Ryan Thompson's absence, this is a pretty talented team for one that will be picked middle of the pack. Rider's disappointing 2009-10 season aside, plenty of mid-major coaches would love to have a core of Robinson, Gadson and Ringgold and recruits as highly regarded as Myles and Stewart.