SN08's 2010-11 CAA Basketball Predictions

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    2010-11 CAA Basketball Predictions
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    2009-10 Recap

    If the goal for the CAA is to send two teams to the NCAA Tournament and win some games when they get there, the goal was met halfway last season. Old Dominion, the CAA's lone bid to the Big Dance, managed to knock off the Big East's Notre Dame before bowing out to Baylor in the 2nd round.

    The Monarchs weren't the only team in the league that exceeded expectations, however, as William & Mary surprisingly won 22 games and earned just its second NIT appearance in school history. The Tribe followed that up by participating in one of the more exciting postseason games you'll ever see in an 80-72 loss to the favored Tarheels.

    Northeastern also followed up a 20-win season with a 1st round NIT loss to hated UCONN. George Mason played as expected while trying to infuse a new generation of Patriots into the mix, while VCU ended up matching ODU's 27-9 overall record by winning the CBI title. Towson and James Madison watched as Robert Nwankwo and Denzel Bowles became stars in the CAA, but individual performances alone couldn't keep any of the three schools from avoiding playing on Friday, the first day of the CAA Tournament.

    Turmoil followed several schools from the regular season into the offseason, most notably for UNC Wilmington, Drexel, Georgia State, Delaware and Hofstra. While the Seahawks and Pride each went on a tumultuous hunt for new coaches, Delaware struggled with injuries and put Monte Ross squarely on the hot seat for the upcoming season. Georgia State gained and lost highly-touted recruit Rashanti Harris and find themselves looking for answers for their basketball program as well. And lastly, Drexel's recent scandal puts Bruiser Flint in a precarious position going forward.

    Still, life and basketball goes on, and 2010-11 brings its fair share of expectations, doubts and friendly trash talking. The goal remains the same; produce multiple bids to the NCAA Tournament and win some games when they get there. And much like each of the 5 years since that magical 2005-06 season, the CAA is equipped to reach that goal again.


    2010-11 Predicted Order of Finish

    1. George Mason Patriots
    2. Old Dominion Monarchs
    3. James Madison Dukes
    4. VCU Rams
    5. William & Mary Tribe
    6. Delaware Blue Hens
    7. Towson Tigers
    8. Northeastern Huskies
    9. Hofstra Pride
    10. Georgia State Panthers
    11. Drexel Dragons
    12. UNC Wilmington Seahawks


    Top Frontcourts: 1) James Madison, 2) Old Dominion, 3) Towson

    Top Backcourts: 1) Delaware, 2) VCU, 3) George Mason

    Top Recruiting Classes: 1) VCU, 2) George Mason, 3) William & Mary


    2010-11 Awards

    Player of the Year: Charles Jenkins, Hofstra

    Coach of the Year: Matt Brady, James Madison

    Defensive Player of the Year: Robert Nwankwo, Towson

    All-Freshman Team: Dimitri Batten, Old Dominion; Frantz Massenat, Drexel; Chad Jackson, James Madison; Reco McCarter, VCU; Juvonte Reddic, VCU

    Rookie of the Year: Juvonte Reddic, VCU

    CAA First Team: Charles Jenkins, Hofstra; Chase Allen, Northeastern; Cam Long, George Mason; Robert Nwankwo, Towson; Denzel Bowles, James Madison

    CAA Second Team: Jawan Carter, Delaware; Joey Rodriguez, VCU; Julius Wells, James Madison; Ryan Pearson, George Mason; Frank Hassell, ODU

    CAA Third Team: Devon Moore, James Madison, Brian Johnson, Delaware; Chad Tomko, UNC Wilmington; Quinn McDowell, William & Mary; Ben Finney, Old Dominion



    2010-11 Team-by-Team Preview

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    George Mason Patriots

    Departures:
    F Kevin Foster (4.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, .465 FG %, 13.3 mpg)
    F Louis Birdsong (2.6 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 12.9 mpg)
    G Jimmy Nolan (1 G, 2.0 mpg)

    Newcomers:
    G Bryon Allen (6-3, 215 lbs.; Largo, MD) – # 43 ranked point guard (90/100 rating) on espn.com
    Espn.com evaluation: Allen is a strong and powerful guard who is absolutely tough as nails. He has become more of a true point guard within the last year as he's improved his ability to see the floor and distribute the ball, but is still an aggressive playmaking guard.

    F Jonathan Arledge (6-9, 220 lbs.; Washington, DC) – # 35 ranked center (88/100 rating) on espn.com

    Returning Starters (5)
    G Cam Long, Sr. (12.2 ppg, 3.1 apg, 3.9 rpg, 1.3 spg)
    F Ryan Pearson, Jr. (11.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg, .457 FG %, 0.5 bpg)
    G Andre Cornelius, Jr. (9.4 ppg, .433 3-pt %, 2.6 rpg, 0.8 spg)
    F Mike Morrison, Jr. (8.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.6 bpg, .557 FG %)
    G Isaiah Tate, Sr. (4.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg, .333 3-pt %, 18.9 mpg)

    Other Returners
    G Luke Hancock, So. (7.7 ppg, 3.0 apg, 3.5 rpg, .503 FG %)
    G Sherrod Wright, So. (5.5 ppg, .430 FG %, 1.7 rpg, 16.1 mpg)
    F Johnny Williams, So. (2.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 9.6 mpg)
    G Rashad Whack, So. (1.7 ppg, 5.3 mpg)
    G Vertrail Vaughns, r-Fr. (1.5 ppg, 6.7 mpg)
    F Paris Bennett, r-Fr. (4.7 mpg)

    Skinny
    Coach Larranaga could not have been happy last season. The longtime veteran coach watched as the 2009-10 Patriots struggled through bouts of inconsistency and growing pains en route to a 17-15 record. At one point, the Patriots won 7 straight conference games heading into February, then lost 8 of their final 10 to finish the season.

    The thing about George Mason, however, is that Jim Larranaga, the winningest coach in CAA history, always tends to follow up a so-so season with a strong one, and with all 5 starters returning and a bevy of talented sophomores prepared to take their next steps in development, you can expect big things out of the Patriots.

    Just like last season, Mason's success hinges on senior guard Cam Long. Long, a 2nd team All-CAA performer in 2009-10, enters the season on pace to finish his career among the Patriots' all-time leaders in points, rebounds, assists and three-pointers made. He also displayed his ability to come through in the clutch; in an 82-77 win against VCU, Long put up 19 points and knocked down the game-tying free throws with 4.3 seconds left to force overtime.

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    Long, a POY candidate, is the key to Mason's success

    Joining Long in the backcourt will be fellow senior Isaiah Tate and junior Andre Cornelius. Sophomore Luke Hancock will also be on the receiving end of a lot of minutes after an outstanding freshman season. Tate, a lengthy 6-4 guard, has displayed unlimited range in his career and knocked down 23 of his 69 threes last season. Cornelius, meanwhile, has developed into more of a distributor, making him an excellent complement to the rest of the scoring guards on the roster. Make no mistake though, Cornelius still scored in double-figures 12 times last season.

    The Mason frontcourt is also solid in 2010-11. Juniors Ryan Pearson and Mike Morrison were both full-time starters last season and ended up in the top 15 in the conference in rebounding. Both are gifted as back-to-the basket post players, and while the 6-6 power forward Pearson is a better scorer, Morrison at 6-9 has developed into an excellent shot blocker, finishing 7th in the conference in the category last season.

    The Patriots also have the luxury of having a stable of effective players off the bench. Sophomore guard Sherrod Wright, the most highly touted recruit from the 2009-10 class, should be the first to get an opportunity to start if any backcourt player gets hurt. He showed off his potential with a 17 points, 6 rebounds effort against Dayton. Fellow guards Rashad Whack and Vertrail Vaughns as well as forwards Johnny Williams and Paris Bennett all have to wait their turns, but this is simply a situation where having too much talent is a good thing.

    The influx of talent continues to pour in for Larranaga as a direct result of their success over the last 5 years. Guard Byron Allen and forward Jonathan Arledge are the newest Patriots. While Allen may see limited time on the floor with all the depth at guard, Arledge appears to be an important pickup in the immediate future after Kevin Foster decided to transfer. Allen is a 6-3 physical guard from Oak Hill Academy, while Arledge is a big, athletic D.C. product who, at 6-9, still managed to be an under-the-radar signing for Mason. He will likely make a lot of BCS schools wish they'd given him a second look.

    It could be argued that this is Jim Larranaga's most talented team to date. And while talent alone doesn't always lead to success on the court, Patriots' fans have to be excited about what they see on paper. If Coach Larranaga's track record is any evidence, the fans should be in for a special season.


    Postseason Projection
    NCAA 2nd Round (Automatic Bid)

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    Old Dominion Monarchs

    Departures
    F Gerald Lee (14.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg, .541 FG %, 1.3 apg)
    G Marsharee Neely (5.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg, .397 FG %, 15.7 mpg)

    Newcomers
    G Dimitri Batten (6-3, 190 lbs.; Newport News, VA) – # 96 ranked shooting guard (86/100 rating) on espn.com
    Espn.com evaluation: Batten is a combination guard that plays more like a shooting guard although he has the ability to push the ball in transition and set the offense. He has the size and strength to get into the lane for pull up jumpers or get all the way to the hoop.

    F Richard Ross (6-7, 205 lbs.; Wichita Falls, TX) – # 97 ranked forward (86/100 rating) on espn.com
    Espn.com evaluation:
    Ross is an athletic, jumping jack on the basketball court. Richard's body is well put together with long arms on a 6'7 frame. He has good mobility and agility on the basketball court and uses these traits to his advantage on the floor. Richard routinely finishes plays with thunderous dunks.

    Returning Starters (4)
    F Frank Hassell, r-Sr. (9.2 ppg, 6.7 rpg, .540 FG %, 0.9 bpg)
    F Ben Finney, Sr. (8.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.3 spg, .420 FG %)
    G Kent Bazemore, r-Jr. (8.4 ppg, 3.4 apg, 4.2 rpg, .486 FG %)
    G Darius James, Sr. (7.0 ppg, 3.3 apg, 1.9 rpg, 0.9 spg)

    Other Returners
    F Keyon Carter, r-Sr. (7.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg, .448 FG %, 22.2 mpg)
    G Trian Iliadis, Jr. (3.1 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 0.7 apg, 9.7 mpg)
    G Marquel de Lancey, Jr. (1.3 ppg, 1.4 apg, 0.8 rpg, 8.8 mpg)
    F Chris Cooper, Jr. (1.4 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 6.5 mpg)
    F Nick Wright, r-So. (1.3 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 4.2 mpg)
    G Josh Hicks, r-Fr. (DID NOT PLAY)
    F Anton Larsen, r-Fr. (DID NOT PLAY)

    Skinny
    All eyes were on Blaine Taylor and the Old Dominion Monarchs last season. After all, they had what appeared to be one of the best frontcourts at the mid-major level and had most of their returning talent back, including Gerald Lee. ODU didn't disappoint. The Monarchs won 27 games, went 15-3 in conference play, and won the CAA title. Along the way, ODU defeated a ranked Georgetown team on the road.

    Then, to wrap up their successful campaign, Old Dominion pulled off their first NCAA Tournament victory since 1995 with a 51-50 win over 6-seeded Notre Dame. The Monarchs put up a very good fight against a talented Baylor team in the second round, but fell 76-68. With 2009-10 in the books, ODU heads into 2010-11 with nearly all of their talent back. And for a team that personified the defense-first approach preached by Blaine Taylor, and also led the nation in offensive rebounding percentage, that means a return to the Big Dance is very possible.

    The biggest reason ODU fans can feel better about the departure of Gerald Lee, now a legendary figure in Norfolk, is the return of senior Frank Hassell. The 6-8, 245 pound big man with a 7-3 wingspan put up 15 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in his two NCAA Tournament games. Hassell, who was 8th in the CAA in rebounding despite only averaged 24 minutes per game, will be asked to be an even more prominent figure in the ODU frontcourt.

    Joining Hassell in the paint will be seniors Ben Finney and Keyon Carter. Finney, an ideal small forward who creates mismatches against whoever faces him, has the handles and quickness to deal with guards and the size and athleticism to handle forwards. The jack-of-all-trades is one of the least appreciated players in the conference. Carter was ODU's 6th man last season and though he also started 13 of the team's 36 games, this season he'll likely be starting in every game if healthy. Coming off the bench down low will be Chris Cooper, a 6-9 junior whose playing time will probably see the biggest jump.

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    Carter and Cooper, celebrating their upset over Notre Dame, are key to the 2010-11 season

    If the Monarchs have a weakness, its the fact that they don't have “flashly” players in the backcourt. Nevertheless, the tandem of redshirt junior Kent Bazemore and senior Darius James are more than capable players whose production has gone up steadily and even showed some explosiveness at times as a scoring guard. And as history has shown in the CAA, grit more than grace gets the job done. Bazemore not only made the All-Tournament and All-Defensive CAA squads, he also was recognized by Collegeinsider.com, making it on their national All-Defensive Team. James, meanwhile, has been the ODU point guard since the moment he stepped on campus as a freshman in 2007, and has rarely disappointed. Expect great things out of him in his final season. Both Bazemore and James will have to share more of the load with Marsharee Neely graduating following the 2009-10 season.

    It isn't a Blaine Taylor team if there isn't at least one foreign player contributing to the team, and Australian Trian Iliadis is it. The junior guard could be one of several players off the bench destined for a breakout season in 2010-11. Another could be redshirt sophomore Nick Wright, a 6-8 forward with an athletic build and a lot of length. Junior Marquel de Lancey hasn't quite panned out compared to the expectations when he was recruited, but he still provides solid minutes. A couple of redshirt freshman, guard Josh Hicks and Danish forward Anton Larsen, provide further insurance.

    With all the depth ODU has, it will be interesting to see what Taylor does with the two incoming freshman. Combo guard Dimitri Batten from Kecoughtan High School fits the mold for what Taylor looks for in his guards. At 6-3 and 190 pounds and having imposed his will at every level he's played at, he should be quick to hop up the depth chart once Bazemore and James graduate. Richard Ross appears to be a taller, sleeker version of Finney in that he can jump through the roof while displaying quickness and agility. Suffice it to say Coach Taylor has plenty of talent coming up through the ranks.

    The Monarchs don't appear to be taking a step back despite the loss of Gerald Lee, though that doesn't mean his departure left some big shoes to fill. ODU's all-time leader in games played (136) and 13th-leading scorer (1609 points), its hard to say that the Monarchs won't miss a beat without him. Still, with 6 of their top 7 scorers returning and the consistent, high-efficiency approach Taylor has been utilizing since he arrived in Norfolk in 2001, there's no reason to ever count out Old Dominion.

    Postseason Projection
    NCAA 1st Round (At-Large Bid)

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    James Madison Dukes

    Departures
    G Pierre Curtis (8.8 ppg, 4.2 apg, .817 FT %, 3.6 rpg)
    G Darren White (8.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 0.8 spg, 27.2 mpg)
    F Dazzmond Thornton (4.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg, .523 FG %, 15.3 mpg)
    F Matt Parker (2.9 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 10.6 mpg)
    F Alvin Brown (0.9 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 4.3 mpg)
    G Ryan Knight (1.0 rpg)

    Newcomers
    G Chad Jackson (6-4, 185 lbs.; Georgetown, KY) – # 96 ranked shooting guard (86/100 rating) on espn.com
    Espn.com evaluation: Chad is a versatile, athletic guard that fills up a stat sheet with his length, size, and athleticism at the combo-guard spot. He can defend multiple positions and rebounds well for his position. The combo guard excels in transition off a miss and at getting into the lane.

    G James Millen (6-2, 175 lbs.; Cincinnati, OH) – NR, JUCO transfer from CSTCC

    F Rayshawn Goins (6-6, 250 lbs.; Cleveland, OH) – NR, JUCO transfer from CSTCC

    Returning Starters (3)
    F Denzel Bowles, Sr. (20.8 ppg, 9.2 rpg, .594 FG %, 1.4 bpg)
    F Julius Wells, Jr. (16.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.2 apg, .353 3-pt %)
    G Ben Louis, Sr. (5.4 ppg, 2.5 apg, 1.5 spg .425 FG %)

    Other Returners
    F Trevon Flores, So. (3.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.2 bpg, .455 FG %)
    G Alioune Doiuf, So. (3.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.0 apg, 14.6 mpg)
    F Andrey Semenov, r-So. (6.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 24.0 mpg)
    G Devon Moore, r-So. (DID NOT PLAY)

    Skinny
    If you're looking for a sleeper team in the CAA next season, you need look no further than James Madison. This isn't the same team that struggled through injuries en route to a 13-20 overall record and ending up 4-14 in the CAA last season. Head Coach Matt Brady has himself a team flooded with talent, and after leading the 2008-09 Dukes to their first postseason appearance in 25 years in just his first season with the team, Brady has already shown he has the ability to turn things around very quickly.

    Senior forward Denzel Bowles has only been part of the JMU program for a half a season, but what a half-season it was. The Texas A&M transfer led the conference in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage. Despite this, Bowles did not reach the All-CAA First Team, perhaps as a “punishment” for being ineligible in November and December. However, after earning his stripes, Bowles heads into the 2010-11 season well-established as the CAA's best big man, and a Player of the Year candidate.

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    The dominant play of Bowles has made him an NBA prospect

    Also returning to man the small forward spot is junior Julius Wells. After only two season in a Dukes' uniform, Wells is already 5th on the all-time list in three-pointers made, with 169 halfway through his career. The 2008-09 CAA Rookie of the Year would be a serious contender for the conference scoring title if not for Hofstra's Charles Jenkins and his own teammate, Bowles.

    Two key players for James Madison return after battling through injuries: Redshirt sophomores Devon Moore and Andrey Semenov. Moore missed the entire 2009-10 season with a knee injury, but appears to be close to 100 % recovery at the time of this writing. Moore had a fantastic rookie season in '08-'09 and will be the primary ballhandler now that he's healthy again.

    Semenov, meanwhile, is a lanky forward with lots of athletic ability, especially for an Eastern European player. The Russian big man was hampered by back problems last season after a solid freshman campaign in which he nearly set the JMU school record for free throw percentage. Rounding out the starting five is senior guard Ben Louis, who will help share the ballhandling duties with Moore and once again wreak havoc on defense. Louis's 51 steals was 4th-most in JMU history; he was also 7th in the league in steals per game.

    6-11 sophomore Trevon Flores will be the first off the bench for the Dukes this season. Flores, a very capable shot-blocker after setting the JMU freshman record with 37, will be crucial to a James Madison team with not much depth in the frontcourt. Another returning bench player, sophomore guard Alioune Diouf, has some good experience under his belt after participating in every game last season for the Dukes.

    Newcomer Chad Jackson should find himself getting a lot of playing time for James Madison as a shooter off the bench after Darren White transferred. The freshman was recruited by fellow CAA foes Northeastern and VCU, and for good reason; the 6-4 Kentuckian has good length for his position, and big guards are more than ever becoming the trend for the conference. In addition to Jackson, several junior college transfers have entered the fold for the Dukes, but only two of them are available for the 2010-11 season. Guard James Millen and forward Rayshawn Goins were teammates for Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. Goins in particular should see some significant minutes for James Madison.

    Its clear that the Dukes have a lot of talent on the offensive end of the court, but the Dukes will need to shore up their overall defense if they want to compete for a conference title. JMU was 6th in field goal percentage defense and 9th in three-point percentage defense. The Dukes will need to improve in both of these categories next season. Given that Brady's squad was 3rd and 2nd, respectively, in those categories in '08-'09 with a healthy lineup, it is expected that JMU will be intimidating on both ends of the court in 2010-11. And with that comes a lot of wins.

    Postseason Projection
    NIT

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    VCU Rams

    Departures
    F Larry Sanders (14.4 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 2.6 bpg, .534 FG %)
    F T.J. Gwynn (4.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.0 apg, 15.3 mpg)
    G Issiah Grayson (0.7 ppg, 3.3 mpg)


    Newcomers
    F Reco McCarter (6-7, 190 lbs.; Goldsboro, NC) – # 32 ranked small forward (91/100 rating) on espn.com
    Espn.com evaluation: This long and wiry strong lefty is smooth as he scores in a variety of ways. McCarter runs the floor in transition and can finish above the rim with flare. He has an excellent mid range game and can knock the three down off the catch.

    F Juvonte Reddic (6-9, 215 lbs.; Winston-Salem, NC) – # 20 ranked center (90/100 rating) on espn.com
    Espn.com evaluation: Reddic played with great energy as he dunked from set plays; drop off passes and over smaller defenders in one on one post ups. He ran the floor and rebounded on both ends. Reddic even displayed good ball handling ability in the open court going behind his back before scoring in transition.

    G Rod Brandenberg (6-2, 170 lbs.; Gahanna, OH) – # 96 ranked shooting guard (86/100 rating) on espn.com
    Espn.com evaluation: This long and athletic guard plays with great energy. He sprints the lane in transition and can get to the rim and finish before the defense can set. Brandenberg does a good job of making scoring plays of the dribble in the half court and can finish.

    F Heath Houston (6-6, 185 lbs.; Powder Springs, GA) – # 160 ranked power forward (83/100 rating) on espn.com
    Espn.com evaluation: Houston is intriguing in that he shows glimpses of being a high level prospect. He is inconsistent with his aggressiveness and he has a tendency to take a back seat to his teammates. He has improved his skill level and is more confident playing with his face to the basket.

    F Darrell Haley (6-10, 230 lbs.; Palmdale, CA) – # 99 ranked center (78/100 rating) on espn.com
    Espn.com evaluation: Haley has an impressive frame with broad shoulders and long arms, but he is a major project. He plays with passion, runs hard, and he has decent hands, but he struggles converting in the paint area. He is very mechanical when posting up and doesn't possess the savvy of other bigs.

    F Toby Veal (6-7, 225 lbs.; Savannah, GA) – NR, JUCO from NFSC

    Returning Starters (4)
    G Joey Rodriguez, Sr. (12.9 ppg, 5.8 apg, 1.9 spg, .805 FT %)
    G Bradford Burgess, Jr. (10.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg, .480 FG %, 1.0 spg)
    G Brandon Rozzell, Sr. (8.8 ppg, .423 3-pt % 1.3 spg, 2.2 rpg)
    F Jamie Skeen, Sr. (8.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg, .518 FG %, 20.7 mpg)

    Other Returners
    G Ed Nixon, Sr. (7.9 ppg, 1.8 apg, 1.0 spg, .432 3-pt %)
    G Darius Theus, So. (2.7 ppg, 1.1 spg, 1.1 apg, 11.9 mpg)
    G Troy Daniels, So. (2.2 ppg, 0.6 rpg, 6.0 mpg)
    F David Hinton, So. (0.2 ppg, 3.0 mpg)

    Skinny
    The VCU Rams weren't supposed to win without former Head Coach Anthony Grant and one of the CAA's best players of all time, Eric Maynor. In response, VCU won 27 games, including 10 of its final 12, and topped it off by beating St. Louis in the finals of the CIT postseason tournament. So what's next, are people going to say VCU won't be able to win without Larry Sanders? As George W. Bush once said, "There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again." See, that's the thing about perennial contenders; they just re-load.

    While Shaka Smart's VCU squad is unlikely to produce a third straight NBA 1st rounder, there is plenty of talent, including four returning starters, for Coach Smart to work with in season two, and every one of them has bought into his system, which centers on offensive efficiency. Most important to that scheme and the fate of the 2010-11 Rams is senior point guard Joey Rodriguez. After nearly transferring to the Division II level in the wake of Grant's departure to Alabama, Rodriguez changed course and decided to return and spend the second half of his career under his new coach. Rodriguez didn't seem to miss a beat, leading the conference in assists, tying for the lead in steals, and near the top in a multitude of other categories.

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    Rodriguez will look to end his career with another CAA title

    Fellow backcourt mates Brandon Rozzell and Bradford Burgess also return, giving VCU a trio of veteran guards that is second only to perhaps Delaware's in production. Having been a part of a VCU squad that's averaged 25 wins over the last 3 seasons, they're certainly the most successful. Filling the large shoes of Sanders will be senior Jamie Skeen. The 6-9, 245 pound transfer from Wake Forest had an excellent first season the Rams, ending up 4th on the team in scoring despite only averaging about 20 minutes per game.

    Who joins Skeen joins in the frontcourt will probably be the biggest factor for VCU's success next season. With the only other returning frontcourt player being little-used sophomore David Hinton, the job will undoubtedly go to a newcomer. Junior college transfer Toby Veal is the likely candidate to get the nod for starts early on, but the highest ceiling belongs to freshman Juvonte Reddic, the 20th ranked center by Scouts, Inc. Once the 6-9, 215 pound North Carolinian fills out a bit, he'll be a stud. For now, his athleticism alone is making VCU fans salivate.

    The Rams may not have a lot of experience in the frontcourt, but they have a lot of incoming talent along with Reddic. Small forward Reco McCarter is the most highly-touted recruit of the 2010-11 class. And though a little less polished than Reddic and McCarter, Heath Houston and Darrell Haley will provide additional depth in the low post.

    Experience is not a problem at the guard position, as senior 6th-man Ed Nixon and sophomores Darius Theus and Troy Daniels are both back. Along with Rodriguez, Rozzell and Burgess, Nixon helped the VCU backcourt average 40 points per game last season. Among the sophomore guards, Theus got the most playing time, and the combo guard will likely spend this season being groomed for a starting role in 2011-12.

    Despite losing Sanders, the Rams are poised to improve on their 11-7 CAA record and 5th-place finish from last season. With their strength at the guard position, talented recruiting class and as Coach Smart continues to develop into another quality CAA coach, improvement is what VCU fans have come to expect. You can also be sure that, soon enough, more NBA-level talents will be coming and going out of Richmond.

    Postseason Projection
    CIT

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    William & Mary Tribe

    Departures
    G David Schneider (15.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.9 apg, .801 FT %)
    F Danny Sumner (10.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.1 apg, .399 FG %)
    G Sean McCurdy (4.6 ppg, 3.4 apg, 2.3 rpg, 24.3 mpg)
    F Steven Hess (4.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, .635 FG %, 15.3 mpg)

    Newcomers
    F Fred Heldring (6-10, 190 lbs.; Winnetka, IL) – # 50 ranked center (87/100 rating) on espn.com
    Espn.com evaluation: Heldring is a skilled post with good upside. He must add strength in order to be a more productive low post scorer but he does a good job hitting the 15-17 footer off the catch and he can put the ball down on the floor and get to the rim.

    G Brandon Britt (6-0, 165 lbs.; Chesapeake, VA) – # 63 ranked point guard (87/100 rating) on espn.com
    Espn.com evaluation: Brandon does an excellent job of running a team. He can handle the basketball, break pressure and knows how to get the ball to teammates in positions where they can do something with it. He is a good shooter with a slow release when he has time.

    G Julian Boatner (6-1, 160 lbs.; Bloomington, IN) – # 140 ranked shooting guard (84/100 rating) on espn.com
    Espn.com evaluation: Boatner is an undersized shooting guard that can score the basketball a ton. What Julian does best is shoot the basketball in from all over the floor - from the mid range to 24 feet. Julian has the ability to create space by sprinting off screens and knocking jump shots down.

    F Tim Rusthoven (6-8, 190 lbs.; West Chicago, IL) – # 174 ranked power forward (82/100 rating) on espn.com
    Espn.com evaluation: This power forward is extremely skilled and can score with his back to the basket with drop steps and jump hooks or face and knock down short jumpers with range that extends to the arc. He is an excellent passer in and out of the post and he runs the court well.

    Returning Starters (2)
    G Quinn McDowell, Jr. (13.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, .803 FT %, .493 FG %)
    F Marcus Kitts, Sr. (7.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg, .625 FG %, 1.0 bpg)

    Other Returners
    F JohnMark Ludwick, Jr. (4.1 ppg, 1.3 rpg, .402 3-pt %, 11.2 mpg)
    F Kyle Gaillard, So. (2.8 ppg, 1.4 rpg, .342 3-pt %, 11.4 mpg)
    G Matt Rum, So. (2.7 ppg, .885 FT %, 0.9 rpg, 12.2 mpg)
    G Kendrix Brown, Jr. (2.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.2 apg, 15.1 mpg)
    G Doug Howard, So. (1.4 ppg, 3.2 mpg)
    F Andrew Pavloff, So. (1.0 ppg, 2.8 mpg)

    Skinny
    When we last saw the Tribe, they were polishing off a fantastic season, its best in 60 years featuring wins over Wake Forest and Maryland, with a highly entertaining NIT game on national TV. Using essentially one basic strategy on offense; knock down an open three or hit a backdoor cutter for a quick two, the Tribe gave the defending champion North Carolina Tarheels all they could handle in Chapel Hill in an 80-72 loss that the final score doesn't quite justify. The Tribe probably should have been able to host this first round game, but then again, William & Mary is probably used to being disrespected. They were recently forced to remove the feathers from their logo and chose a new mascot, the Griffin.

    The Tribe did receive a lot of accolades for last season, however. Head Coach Tony Shaver, a UNC graduate interestingly enough, was selected CAA Coach of the Year and also was named Virginia's Coach of the Year by the VaSID. Meanwhile, David Schneider earned All-CAA honors and was selected as a Mid-Major All-American by CollegeHoops.net.
    Unfortunately, Schneider is gone, along with three other important seniors in Danny Sumner, Sean McCurdy and Steven Hess. Returning to carry the load is junior wing Quinn McDowell. Last season, the 6-6 sharpshooter was one of just four players in the nation to shoot at least 50 percent from the floor, 40 % from three-point range and 80 % at the line. McDowell will need to share a leadership role with the team's only senior, Marcus Kitts. Kitts, who was 10th in the CAA in rebounding last season, does a lot of the grunt work for the Tribe.

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    The rest of the William & Mary starting lineup is relatively up in the air. Junior Kendrix Brown figures to earn the point guard job even though he hasn't started a game since his freshman season. With Schneider and McCurdy combining for 209 assists last year, Brown will certainly need to step up his game. Sophomores Matt Rum and JohnMark Ludwick also figure to take the last two spots in the Tribe's relatively young quintet.

    Of the other returners, only Kyle Gaillard will likely get significant minutes, leaving the rest of the playing time off the bench to arguably Coach Shaver's most talented recruiting class. Brandon Britt should have an opportunity to split ballhandling duties with Brown as a freshman due to his ability to break the press and avoid turnovers. However, the diminutive 6-0, 165 pound rookie from Chesapeake, Virginia could have some trouble with opposing CAA guards.

    Another freshman, Fred Heldring, will see the floor in his first season. At 6-10, 230 pounds, he's already about the same size as Kitts. The rest of the freshman class are likely in the same boat as sophomores Doug Howard and Andrew Pavloff. Much like them, guard Julian Boatner and forward Tim Rusthoven will have to prove themselves before being given opportunities.

    The Tribe could take a step down this season with all the departures, but there's no reason to believe their fall will be steep. The Tribe have lots of talent, more than they've had in decades, and two-time Coach of the Year Shaver has made a habit of exceeding expectations. If the Tribe aren't ready to do so this upcoming season, by 2011-12 William & Mary ought to be back in the top 4 as legitimate contenders for a CAA title.


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    Departures
    F Adam Pegg (5.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 0.9 bpg, 18.1 mpg)

    Newcomers
    G Devon Saddler (6-2, 190 lbs.; Aberdeen, MD) – NR (89/100 rating) on espn.com
    Espn.com evaluation: Saddler is a strong and athletic guard with a college ready body who thrives attacking the basket. He has great speed with the ball in the open court and a devastating combination of explosiveness and power in the quarter court that enables him to get to the rim.

    G Kaleb Clyburn (5-9, 155 lbs.; Orlando, FL) – # 173 ranked point guard (76/100 rating) on espn.com
    Espn.com evaluation: Kaleb is a solid lefty point guard. He is a pass first point that simply runs his team, tries not to turn the ball over and get the ball to the playmakers. He is a decnet shooter with range to 17 feet and is a willing defender.

    Returning Starters (4)
    G Jawan Carter, Sr. (18.2 ppg, 4.9 apg, .807 FT %, 3.3 rpg)
    G Alphonso Dawson, Sr. (12.1 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.1 spg, 1.8 apg)
    F Jamelle Hagins, So. (5.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.0 bpg, 22.0 mpg)
    G D.J. Boney, Sr. (5.7 ppg, 2.5 ppg, 1.4 apg, 26.3 mpg)

    Other Returners
    F Kelvin McNeil, r-So. (6.0 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.2 apg, 25.2 mpg)
    F Josh Brinkley, So. (5.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg, .611 FG %, 17.4 mpg)
    F Hakim McCullar, r-Jr. (5.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 19.2 mpg)
    G Edwin Santiago, Sr. (3.2 ppg, .406 FG %, 12.9 mpg)
    G Malcolm Hawkins, So. (2.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 10.6 mpg)
    G Samer Madarani, Jr. (0.6 ppg, 1.5 mpg)
    G Brendan McNulty, So. (1.0 mpg)
    G Will Townsville, So. (0.7 mpg)
    G Brian Johnson, r-Sr. (DID NOT PLAY)

    Skinny
    Delaware's Head Coach must know that this is it. Finding himself squarely on the hot seat, Monte Ross enters his 5th season with a 39-86 overall record, a 21-51 CAA record and with his job resting on his performance this season. If that's the bad news, what, if any, is the good news? Well, for starters, the most productive backcourt in the conference is not located in Richmond, Norfolk, Fairfax or Boston. Its in Newark, Delaware.

    One of the biggest reasons the Blue Hens struggled last season was the absence of one of those guards, Brian Johnson. Johnson, who currently ranks 4th in Delaware history in assists, returns to the roster after missing all of 2009-10 with an ACL injury. His injury contributed to a 7-24 record and last place finish in the CAA.

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    Along with Johnson, seniors Jawan Carter and Alphonso Dawson will hope to take Delaware from a last-place team to a contender. Only Charles Jenkins and Denzel Bowles beat out Carter for the scoring title last season, and when it comes to getting to the line, Carter was the best at it last season, getting there 202 times and making a 4th-best 80.7 percent of his tries from the charity stripe. Carter was also asked to shift to point guard when Johnson went down and did an admirable job. Dawson, an excellent rebounder for a guard, is big enough to be a small forward on most teams but has the touch of a shooting guard, knocking down 74 threes last season.

    Expected to man the paint will be sophomore Jamelle Hagins and redshirt sophomore Kelvin McNeil. While Hagins was busy having a strong freshman season, McNeil was off to strong start to his sophomore season before a knee injury in late January sidelined him for the remainder of the season. The same fate fell on Josh Brinkley, which severely weakened the Delaware frontcourt. If these three forwards stay healthy, the Blue Hens' chances increase exponentially.

    Off the bench, guard D.J. Boney provides depth to a position that, while strong when it comes to the starters, there is not much behind the trio. Boney filled in nicely when Johnson went down and will be just as important as a 6th man. The most intriguing option for Ross off the bench, however, will be freshman Devon Saddller. Saddler, who initially signed a letter of intent to play for Delaware in 2008-09, was ineligible to do so until he spent another year in prep school, and impressively he chose to remain a Blue Hen. His explosiveness and ability to get to the basket should be a joy to watch over the next four years.

    Delaware has a gaudy roster of 15 players, 13 of them on scholarship, going into 2010-11, perhaps as an insurance policy for the injury issues the Blue Hens have suffered. Junior forward Hakim McCullar and senior guard Edwin Santiago are probably the only trustworthy bench performers of the 6 not yet named, but that doesn't mean Ross won't make use of his entire bench next season. Several players will likely be asked to redshirt, perhaps including freshman Kaleb Clyburn.

    If the Blue Hens are finally going to have just their second winning record since joining the CAA in 2001, this is the year they'll do it. There has not been this much talent on the roster in a long time, and Coach Ross has a lot of options in the interior to go along with his superb guards. Its not known at this time what level of play will be expected for Ross to keep his job, but suffice it to say, fans will know one way or another whether they have the right coach when the season comes to an end.

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    Loss in CAA Quarterfinals

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    Towson Tigers

    Departures
    F Calvin Lee (10.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.1 bpg, 1.5 apg)
    G Josh Thornton (11.4 ppg, .391 3-pt %, 2.0 rpg, 1.2 apg)

    Newcomers
    F Jamel Flash (6-11; West Hempstead, NY) – # 76 ranked center (84/100 rating) on espn.com
    Espn.com evaluation: Flash is a good looking athlete who has a long wingspan with good mobility for his size. Defensively, Jamel protects the rim by challenging all shots that will be taken in the lane. He will grab rebounds at the highest point and, if out of reach, he will tip them in.

    G Fredrick Connor (6-1; Pompano, FL) – NR (rating N/A) on espn.com

    G Cephas Oglesby (6-1; Fayettevile, NC) – NR (rating N/A) on espn.com

    F Braxton Dupree (6-8, 260 lbs.; Baltimore, MD) – Transfer from Maryland
    2008-09 Stats: 2.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 10.0 mpg

    Returning Starters (3)
    F Robert Nwankwo, Sr. (9.9 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 3.1 bpg, .558 FG %)
    F Jarrel Smith, Sr. (9.2 ppg, .365 3-pt %, 3.3 rpg, .792 FT %)
    G RaShawn Polk, Jr. (9.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, .434 FG %, 21.8 mpg)

    Other Returners
    G Troy Franklin, Jr. (8.3 ppg, 3.7 apg, .802 FT %, 2.2 rpg)
    F Isaiah Philmore, So. (6.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg, .758 FT %, 20.7 mpg)
    G Josh Brown, Sr. (4.5 ppg, 1.2 apg, 1.6 rpg, 18.3 mpg)
    G Brian Morris, Sr. (2.4 ppg, 3.3 apg, 1.7 rpg, 17.1 mpg)
    F David Brewster, Sr. (4.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 16.3 mpg)
    F Erique Gumbs, So. (2.0 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 7.0 mpg)
    F Danny Quinn, Sr. (0.8 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 7.5 mpg)
    G Jimmy Smith, Sr. (0.8 ppg, 0.7 rpg, 4.9 mpg)

    Skinny
    The Towson Tigers are a resilient bunch, that much you can give them. After getting blown out by a 112-53 count by VCU, the Tigers finished the season 6-5 and won their first round game in the CAA Tournament for the fourth straight season. Head Coach Pat Kennedy, for the foreseeable future, appears to have some measure of job security despite being unable to produce a .500 or better finish in CAA play since he arrived to the program.

    However, hope springs eternal each year, and while cynics wonder how Towson will screw things up this season, others see a very talented roster in 2010-11 that could finally break the mold. Senior Robert Nwankwo beat out Larry Sanders in the category of blocked shots per game to lead the league last season, a fact that went somewhat unnoticed by media and fans alike. Nwankwo is a big man capable of averaging a double-double per game and dominating down low, making the two potential showdowns with James Madison's Denzel Bowles very intriguing.

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    Nwankwo is one of the CAA's best big men

    What makes Towson particularly excited is the fact that Nwankwo isn't alone in the paint. Maryland transfer Braxton Dupree is eligible and could have a huge impact for the Tigers. The 6-8, 260 pound forward started 14 games in two seasons for the Terrapins and should more than make up for the loss of Calvin Lee. Sophomore Isaiah Philmore had an excellent freshman season and could be the best 6th man in the conference.

    In the backcourt, juniors Troy Franklin and RaShawn Polk make a formidable duo, with Franklin handling the ball. Polk in particular was on the receiving end of increased playing time last season after Josh Thornton went down, and will pick up right where he left off this season. Seniors Josh Brown and Brian Morris will backup the guard positions.

    Not to be forgotten, senior forward Jarrel Smith will move from a starting role to the bench after a very solid junior season. The Colorado State transfer has done everything asked of him since joining Towson in 2007-08. Another senior, David Brewster, further bolsters the frontcourt rotation off the bench.

    While Dupree is getting the most attention among the Towson newcomers, incoming freshman Jamel Flash is a talented project to watch. The 6-11 prospect from New York appears to be a defensive specialist at the moment, but if he develops his offensive game he'll help ease the loss of Nwankwo after the 2010-11 season. Expect him to get some spot minutes over the course of the season.

    Talent has rarely been an issue at Towson, meaning that the onus to produce wins falls on the coaching staff. The 2010-11 version of the Tigers is probably the most talented that Kennedy has had since taking the job, so it remains to be seen if everything can come together and result in wins. If nothing else, the Tigers will be entertaining to watch.


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    Loss in CAA Quarterfinals
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    Northeastern Huskes

    Departures
    G Matt Janning (15.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.5 spg)
    F Manny Adako (11.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg, .532 FG %, 29.6 mpg)
    F Nkem Ojougboh (9.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.3 bpg, .555 FG %)
    G Baptiste Bataille (5.4 ppg, 1.5 apg, 0.9 spg, 20.0 mpg)
    F Mathiang Muo (1.8 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 8.5 mpg)
    G Brian McDonald (1.1 ppg, 0.8 rpg, 5.0 mpg)

    Newcomers
    F Ryan Pierson (6-10, 230 lbs.; St. Louis, MO) – # 52 ranked center (87/100 rating) on espn.com
    Espn.com evaluation: Pierson was consistently productive throughout the event (Future 150 National Camp). He is fundamentally sound, was very good at establishing low post position, giving a target hand and being patient after catching the ball. He weights about 225 lbs and has a frame that should be able to handle most opposing bigs.

    G Alex Harris (6-1, 170 lbs.; Richmond, CA) – NR (83/100 rating) on espn.com
    Espn.com evaluation: Harris is an extremely efficient player who takes what the defense gives him and has a very complete game. He handles the ball efficiently, throws it ahead in transition and passes with both hands in the half court. He moves well without the ball.

    F Alex Bates (6-8, 225 lbs.; Greenbelt, MD) – NR (75/100 rating) on espn.com

    Returning Starters (2)
    G Chase Allen, Sr. (13.6 ppg, 3.6 apg, 4.7 rpg, .397 3-pt %)
    G Alwayne Bigby, So. (3.2 ppg, .500 FG %, 0.9 spg, 1.8 rpg)

    Other Returners
    F Kauri Black, So. (2.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg, .793 FT %, 11.6 mpg)
    G Joel Smith, So. (1.9 ppg, 0.7 rpg, 7.0 mpg)
    F Vinny Lima, Sr. (1.2 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 6.1 mpg)
    G Jonathan Lee, So. (1.1 ppg, 4.1 mpg)
    F Dinko Marshavelski, So. (0.9 ppg, 3.1 mpg)
    F Ben Felix, Jr. (3.7 mpg)

    Skinny
    Northeastern said so long to one of the best senior classes in school history, if not the best, following the 2009-10 season. Matt Janning, Manny Adako, Nkem Ojougboh and Baptiste Bataille left without fulfilling the one goal they had every opportunity to accomplish in their final 2 seasons together; a CAA Title. The hockey school from Boston gave it a heck of a run, however, under Head Coach Bill Coen. After winning 19 games and reaching the CAA Quarterfinals in 2008-09, the Huskies followed that up with a 20-win season, a 2nd place finish, and a Semi-Final exit at the hands of William & Mary. The Huskies then gave the OTHER Huskies from UCONN all they could handle in a 59-57 defeat. For his efforts, Northeastern rewarded Coen with a contract extension and a raise.

    While Huskies fans mourn the loss of two-thirds of their scoring, Chase Allen remains to help pick up the pieces in his final season at Northeastern. Allen, a 1st-Team All-CAA selection last season who was also named to the All-Defensive Team, became the 30th player in Northeastern history to reach 1,000 career points, and he's not done yet. He'll be asked to lead a team with only one other senior, five sophomores and three freshmen.

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    Sophomore Alwayne Bigby is the only other returning starter, after being pressed into action last season thanks to a gaping hole at the wing. Bigby responded by scoring 16 points with 7 rebounds in his first career start against Boston U. and gaining the reputation as a shutdown defender. Joel Smith will also likely find his way into the starting backcourt for Northeastern after averaging 7 minutes per game and showing some potential.

    In the post, 6-7 Kauri Black most likely will earn the job at the power forward spot for his play late in the season. After missing the first 14 games to injury, he put up solid numbers, and in Northeastern's Quarterfinal game against Hofstra, he posted 25 minutes and hit the game-tying lay-up to send it to overtime. The Huskies ended up winning it 74-71 in double overtime. As for the center spot, two foreign players will likely share time; 6-10 Vinny Lima and 6-11 Dinko Marshavelski. Lima, a senior from island nation Cape Verde, has appeared in 73 games for the Huskies, but has only started 5. Marshavelski, a sophomore from Bulgaria, only played in 9 games but may have more potential than Lima.

    Two other big men may find some time in the rotation, 6-10 sophomore Ben Felix and newcomer Ryan Pierson. Pierson, who was nominated to be a McDonald's All-American, is a midwestern big man with a large 6-10, 235 pound frame. Pierson was also ranked the 57th best center prospect by Espn.com. It is imperative that one of the young prospects establishes himself this season for Coach Coen if there is going to be any continuity at the position going forward.

    A pair of young guards will also need to provide depth for the Huskies, sophomore Jonathan Lee and freshman Alex Harris. Lee, from the downtrodden city Flint, Michigan, appeared in 12 games last season. Harris, meanwhile, is a point guard prospect that is good at taking care of the ball, something very important to Coen's system. He will probably find himself directly under the supervision of Allen, perhaps as the heir to the throne.

    If the rebuilding effort at Northeastern is going to work, fans must realize the team is going to take its lumps this season. After all, you have to get a little worse before you can get better. If the team is going to survive in 2011-12 without Allen, several players have some growing up to do, and quickly.


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    Departures
    G Chaz Williams (9.8 ppg, 4.2 apg, 4.2 rpg, .389 3-pt %)
    F Halil Kanacevich (8.6 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 2.0 bpg, 26.9 mpg)
    G Cornelius Vines (8.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.2 spg)
    F Miklos Szabo (6.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg, .521 FG %, 18.5 mpg)

    Newcomers
    F Stephen Nwaukoni (6-8; Jamiaca, NY) – # 237 ranked power forward (78/100 rating) on espn.com
    Espn.com evaluation: Nwaukoni has to continue to improve his touch around the basket as well as his touch from the perimeter. He also needs to improve his footwork in post when he receives the ball with his back to the basket. Nwaukoni excels as an offensive rebounder, using his good athleticism to win rebounding battles.

    F Roland Brown (6-8, 240 lbs.; Middle Village, NY) – NR (rating N/A) on espn.com

    G Shemya McClendon (6-3) - IMG Academy, Florida

    G Dwan McMillan (6-0; Heampstead, NY) -- NR, JUCO transfer from Indian Hills CC

    G Mike Moore (6-5, 195 lbs.; New Haven, CT) – Transfer from Fordham
    2008-09 Stats: 12.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg

    Returning Starters (3)
    G Charles Jenkins, Sr. (20.6 ppg, 4.0 apg, .409 3-pt %, 4.5 rpg)
    F Greg Washington, Sr. (6.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.8 bpg, 25.0 mpg)
    G Nathaniel Lester, Sr. (8.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg, .770 FT %, 0.9 spg)

    Other Returners
    G Yves Jules, So. (1.7 ppg, 0.7 rpg, 8.3 mpg)
    F David Imes, So. (1.2 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 6.1 mpg)
    G Matt Grogan, So. (0.4 ppg, 3.5 mpg)
    G Brad Kelleher, Sr. (DID NOT PLAY)
    F Paul Bilbo, r-Fr. (DID NOT PLAY)

    Skinny
    What a tumultuous ride the 2009-10 offseason was for the Hofstra program. After Tom Pecora left Hofstra to coach at Fordham, seen by many fans as more or less a lateral move for the former Jay Wright assistant, the Pride decided on March 31st to hire Tim Welsh, who had coached for a total of 13 seasons at Iona and Providence. Less than a month later, Welsh woke up at 1 AM at the wheel of his car, with Nassau County police knocking at his window. He had been drinking, fallen asleep, his car stopped at a green light, and was taken into custody, and booked for a DWI.

    After Welsh subsequently resigned from the position, and with not too many other options, Hofstra decided to promote one of Welsh's assistants to the job in Mo Cassara. Cassara, who had been an assistant coach under Al Skinner at Boston College before winding up at Hofstra, was unexpectedly thrust into the head coaching role after just three days as an assistant.

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    In the wake of all the drama, prominent rising sophomores Chaz Williams and Halil Kanacevich decided to transfer from Hofstra, leaving Cassara with 11 players, only 6 of which were playing Division I basketball in 2009-10. The one good bit of news is that 2009-10 CAA Player of the Year Charles Jenkins is back. The senior has received countless accolades through his career at Hofstra, and his 1,767 points ranks him 8th in school history and puts him well on pace of breaking the 45-year old all-time record of 2,222 held by Steve Niesenson. Jenkins will most certainly help ease Hofstra into the transition to the Cassara era.

    Two other seniors are back for the Pride in Nathaniel Lester and Greg Washington. Lester started 22 games last season for Hofstra and will be expected to start every game and provide veteran leadership to the young Hofstra squad. Washington, a prolific shot-blocker who already owns the school career record, with 203, uses his 6-10 frame and over 7-foot wingspan to his advantage, challenging anyone to try to score on drives to the bucket.

    At the other guard spot, Cassara will probably choose to go with Fordham transfer Mike Moore. Moore sat out the 2009-10 season after a highly productive 2008-09 campaign. Also in the mix will be junior college transfer Dwan McMillan, a pure point guard and former South Florida recruit. How the rest of the roster gets used is a lot less predictable. Freshman Steven Nwaukoni may well have the inside track to start in the post along with Washington, given his propensity to clean up the boards.

    Its hard to trust the rest of the bench for significant minutes. Sophomore Yves Jules and David Ines will probably be the first options by default, and redshirt freshman Paul Bilbo is hard to ignore at 6-8, 230 pounds. Senior Brad Kelleher, however, sat out last season for academic reasons after coming to the Pride as a junior college transfer, and will likely only be called on in the event of an injury.

    The cupboard isn't completely bare for Coach Cassara, but the cup certainly doesn't runneth over, either. Jenkins will need to carry the team as he has his entire career, and he and fellow seniors Washington and Lester need to take on leadership roles if they haven't already. Otherwise, it will be difficult for Cassara to make things work in his first year with the team. How the team guts it out over the course of the season will be a reflection of his character as much as his coaching ability.

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    Loss in CAA 1st Round
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    Departures
    G Joe Dukes (13.5 ppg, 3.8 apg, 5.2 rpg, 1.8 spg)
    G Trae Goldston (10.3 ppg, .388 3-pt %, .872 FT %, 1.0 apg)
    F Trey Hampton (8.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.2 bpg, .495 FG %)
    F Xavier Hansbro (7.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg, .409 FG %, 22.7 mpg)
    F Ousman Krubally (7.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg, .540 FG %, 22.2 mpg)
    F Kevin Lott (2.2 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 14.0 mpg)

    Newcomers
    G DeVonta White (6-0, 165 lbs.; Roswell, GA) – # 74 ranked point guard (86/100 rating) on espn.com
    Espn.com evaluation: White is a lead guard that can make open shots almost anywhere on the floor. In transition he keeps the pressure on the defense because he can dribble pull up from behind the arc. He can knock down mid range pull ups with one or two rhythm dribbles.

    F Harold Doby (6-6, 210 lbs.; Tampa, FL) – # 102 ranked small forward (84/100 rating) on espn.com
    Espn.com evaluation: Harold is an excellent prospect who will contribute to Georgia State with his athleticism and passing ability from the small forward position. He is an excellent scorer in transition who can find teammates for easy baskets. He has an ability to get to the foul line with his drives to the basket.

    G Javonte Maynor (6-0, 160 lbs.; Snellville, FL) – # 152 ranked shooting guard (83/100 rating) on espn.com
    Espn.com evaluation: Maynor is a shooting guard in a point guard's body. He is a good athlete and is athletic for his size. He has a scorer's mentality. Maynor has good speed and quickness with the ball to beat defenders but his number one asset is his ability to shoot.

    G Rashaad Richardson (6-4, 178 lbs.; Charleston, SC) – # 216 ranked shooting guard (79/100 rating) on espn.com
    Espn.com evaluation: Rashard is your prototypical slasher to the basket with good bounce off the floor. He combines that with a very good body and long arms to constantly attack the rim on the offensive end. He handles the ball decently in the half court.

    F Eric Buckner (6-10; Bamberg, SC) – NR, JUCO from GCCC

    F Brandon McGee (6-7; Chicago, IL) – NR, JUCO from WVC

    G Josh Micheaux (6-6; Missouri City, TX) – NR, JUCO from Lee College

    Returning Starters (1)
    G Marques Johnson, r-Sr. (2.6 ppg, 2.3 apg, 1.9 rpg, 20.6 mpg)

    Other Returners
    G Jihad Ali, r-Jr. (5.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, .347 3-pt %, 14.8 mpg)
    G James Fields, Jr. (3.3 ppg, 0.9 apg, 1.4 rpg, 16.1 mpg)
    G Dante Curry, r-Sr. (2.2 ppg, .917 FT %, 8.0 mpg)
    F James Vincent, So. (2.0 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 8.3 mpg)
    F Jamar Taylor, r-Jr. (DID NOT PLAY)
    G Daniel Brown, Sr. (DID NOT PLAY)

    Skinny
    “Back to the drawing board.” That ought to be what Georgia State Head Coach Rod Barnes must be thinking heading into the 2010-11 season. Upon arriving as Panthers coach in 2007, it was Barnes' philosophy to acquire as much talent as possible to revive the program, and the only way to do that quickly, it would seem, is by getting as many Division I transfers as possible. The plan never really panned out, as Georgia State's best season was in 2008-09 when the team went 12-20 overall and 8-10 in conference play, reaching the CAA Quarterfinals at the conference tournament.

    This season, with the departure of so many of those former transfers, including Joe Dukes, Trey Hampton and Xavier Hansbro, it seems that Georgia State will need to re-think their strategy and opt for more “homegrown” talent. 4 of GSU's newcomers are freshmen, so you could say that's a start.

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    Life has proved difficult for Coach Barnes at Georgia State

    The lone returning starter for the Panthers, redshirt senior Marques Johnson, came to Georgia State from NC State and, much like 2009-10, will spend the majority of the upcoming season as the Panthers point guard. Seeing as Johnson is almost exclusively a distributor, and several of the newcomers are better passers than scorers, particularly DeVonta White and Harold Doby, Barnes will need to find some scorers, and fast. Lefty sharpshooter Jihad Ali could be one of them after averaging 8.9 points per game over the team's final 9 contests.

    Coach Barnes knew he was going to need big men who can play right away, and three of them came via the junior college route. 6-10 Eric Buckner, 6-8 Jamar Taylor and 6-7 Brandon McGee should all earn minutes immediately. If they don't work out, Barnes hopes he can turn to 6-10, 230 pound James Vincent, who has battled injuries the last two years but has been productive when he's gotten on the court.

    If Georgia State is going to turn their ship around, Barnes has to prove he can bring together a group of players from many different backgrounds and get them to play as a cohesive unit. They haven't to this point, so perhaps an infusion of players who plan to commit all four years of their careers at Georgia State will help. The problem has been that, even with some good talent, the team hasn't performed. So what is going to happen this year after lots of the team's talent is gone? Only Coach Barnes will know the answer to that question, we hope.


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    Loss in CAA 1st Round
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    Departures
    G Jamie Harris (14.5 ppg, 3.4 apg, 1.0 spg, .379 3-pt %)
    F Leon Spencer (6.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.0 spg, .491 FG %)
    F Evan Neisler (4.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg, .609 FT %, 18.6 mpg)
    F Kevin Phillip (2.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, .545 FG %, 12.6 mpg)
    G Shannon Givens (2.7 ppg, .458 3-pt %, 9.4 mpg)
    F Kenny Tribbett (0.6 ppg, 1.2 mpg)
    G Bill Lally (1.3 mpg)

    Newcomers
    G Frantz Massenat (6-3, 170 lbs.; Trenton, NJ) – # 63 ranked point guard (87/100 rating) on espn.com
    Espn.com evaluation: He may not have had many highlight reel plays, but he played a very efficient and college ready brand of basketball (Sharette Dixon Classic). He's a pure point guard with great size and length, and the feel for the game to match. He is very unselfish with great vision.

    F Dartaye Ruffin (6-8, 230 lbs.; Stoughton, MA) – NR (87/100 rating) on espn.com
    Espn.com evaluation: Previously known as a high volume rebounder but a non-factor offensively, Ruffin's ability to score the ball has improved dramatically in the last year. He may be most effective from the high post where he can now stick the elbow jumper, face-up and attack off the dribble.

    Returning Starters (4)
    G Gerald Colds, Sr. (9.3 ppg, 3.2 apg, 1.0 spg, 2.2 rpg)
    F Samme Givens, Jr. (8.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg, .491 FG %, 0.7 bpg)
    G Derrick Thomas, So. (6.4 ppg, 1.8 apg, 1.0 spg, 2.6 rpg)
    F Daryl McCoy, So. (1.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 12.5 mpg)

    Other Returners
    G Chris Fouch, r-So. (11.3 ppg, .379 3-pt %, 1.3 apg, .405 FG %)
    F Yannick Formbor, Sr. (1.4 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 3.6 mpg)
    G Ronald Colbert, Sr. (0.6 ppg, 1.2 mpg)

    Skinny
    You have to wonder how much more time Coach Flint has left. The colorful and entertaining Head Coach for Drexel, James “Bruiser” Flint not only has failed to have a winning season since the exhilarating 2006-07 campaign that nearly ended in an NCAA At-large bid, but now the university has to deal with a controversy that made national headlines.

    On July 26, two of Drexel's players, Jamie Harris and Kevin Phillip attempted an armed robbery at a fellow student's apartment. Discovering the student had no cash, they left with two cell phones and spent the next few hours avoiding local police. They decided to turn themselves in and face robbery, theft and weapons chargers. Their names have already been removed from the Drexel roster.

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    Drexel will now have to get by with with just 9 players currently on the roster. And while no news has come available about Flint's job security, the stain on the university left by Harris and Phillip's actions may make this his last season, as well as that of the Drexel athletic director.

    Senior Gerald Colds will be the most important returner for the Dragons, as he is the second best scorer as well as the top distributor coming back in 2010-11. Fellow backcourt mates Derrick Thomas and Chris Fouch make a fairly formidable trio for the Dragons that will help remove some of the sting from losing Harris. Fouch, who redshirted as a freshman and has huge potential for the Dragons, didn't start any games last year but was still the best returning scorer. All three guards play stingy defense for Drexel and will be the key to any success the team has.

    The frontcourt will likely be manned by Samme Givens and Daryl McCoy. Givens was very active last season in the 27 games he participated in, and will see his playing time increase dramatically with the lack of depth on the roster. McCoy, meanwhile, played in all 32 games for the Dragons as a freshman. Also part of the rotation is senior Yannick Formbor.

    A pair of talented newcomers join the Dragons in what will be, for them, a great situation and an opportunity to get some immediate experience. Frantz Massenat, a big physical 6-4 guard and Dartaye Ruffin, a power forward from just outside of Boston, will need to provide quality depth for a team that cannot afford injuries.

    Drexel has lots of issues to deal with at the moment, but perhaps a poor decision by two former Drexel players will help the current squad come together as a team and beat expectations. As Bruiser, who was on the recruiting trail when the arrests happened, tries to come to terms with what happened, he also has a job to do. And for his sake, he must understand that this could be it for him at Drexel. If it is, let's hope he goes out with a bang.

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    Loss in CAA 1st Round
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    Departures
    F John Fields (10.2 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 2.3 bpg, .532 FG %)
    G Johnny Wolf (7.9 ppg, 2.2 apg, .369 3-pt %, .886 FT %)
    F Dominique Lacy (5.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg, .677 FT %, 16.9 mpg)
    G Montez Downey (5.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg, .721 FT %, 12.5 mpg)
    F Will O'Huaregbe (4.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg, .442 FG %, 17.4 mpg)
    G Darion Jeralds (2.2 ppg, 1.3 apg, .462 FG %, 12.0 mpg)
    F Daniel Mercer (1.2 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 9.1 mpg)
    G Josh Sheets (0.6 ppg, 2.6 mpg)

    Newcomers
    F Donte Morales (6-6, 190 lbs.; Virginia Beach, VA) – NR (84/100 rating) on espn.com
    Espn.com evaluation: Donte continues to play at a very consistent level. His perimeter shooting and range is his biggest weapon. His rebounding is very sound, particularly on the offensive end as he does a very good job of always being around the ball.

    G Tanner Milson (6-1, Cedar Hill, TX) – # 218 ranked shooting guard (79/100 rating) on espn.com
    Espn.com evaluation: Tanner is a coach's son that knows how to play and can shoot it with range. The UNC-Wilmington signee does the little things that wins ball games. He feeds the post well and uses ball fakes on the perimeter to find open players or get his shot off.

    G Keegan Pace (5-11, Burlington, NC) – NR, Walk-on

    Returning Starters (3)
    G Chad Tomko, Sr. (12.8 ppg, 4.3 apg, 1.6 spg, .841 FT %)
    G Ahmad Grant, Sr. (8.1 ppg, 1.0 spg, .402 FG %, .344 3-pt %)
    F Keith Rendleman, So. (5.9 ppg, 6.1 rpg, .487 FG %, 1.0 bpg)

    Other Returners
    G Trevor Deloach, Jr. (4.3 ppg, .345 3-pt %, 11.5 mpg)
    G Darryl Felder, r-Sr. (3.8 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 13.4 mpg)
    F Matt Wilson, So. (1.6 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 7.9 mpg)
    G Jeremy Basnight, Sr. (2.6 ppg, 6.3 mpg)

    Skinny
    “Have we hit rock bottom yet?” That had to be the question on the minds of the remaining UNCW supporters during the long 2009-10 campaign. Though its been well-documented, the plight of Seahawk fans is a tale worth retelling in order to, perhaps, learn some lessons from it. As the Seahawks trudged through yet another difficult season filled with disappointment, a 38-point loss to Hofstra finally did Benny Moss in, as it was announced that the maligned head coach would be reassigned within UNCW athletics, commencing what would end up being nearly a 3-month coaching search by athletic director Kelly Mehrtens.

    Meanwhile, interim coach Brooks Lee attempted to salvage the season, and despite a valiant effort, the Seahawks ended up with just 9 wins and were blown out in the opening round of the CAA Tournament by Towson. Subsequently, after being turned down by countless coaches to fill the position, Mehrtens finally inked former Appalachian State head coach Buzz Peterson for the job. Peterson had taken the Mountaineers from 13 wins to 25 in just one season at the same school where his long, successful coaching career got its start.

    Peterson has an impressive track record, featuring a 225-147 overall record and 5 postseason appearances, but may not have known what he was getting himself into. Shortly after taking the job, after forward Will O'Huaregbe already had announced he was transferring to the Division II level to obtain more minutes, UNCW's top player, John Fields, followed suit, much to the surprise of Peterson. Having already graduated, Fields could use his final eligibility wherever he wanted without sitting out a season, and chose to do so for Bruce Pearl's Tennessee Volunteers, a school Peterson used to coach. To make matters worse, yet another forward, Dominique Lacy, was declared academically ineligible and left the school.

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    Teal suit and all, Peterson's work is cut out for him

    Thanks to these casualties as well as the departure of guards Johnny Wolf, Montez Downey and three other seniors, the Seahawks now enter the 2010-11 season with a decimated frontcourt, very little overall depth, and a fan base completely distrustful with the leadership of the athletic program.

    UNCW returns three starters to the team that hope to maintain some level of respectability in 2010-11. The most promising player, sophomore forward Keith Rendleman, will be asked to play the biggest role on the team, literally and figuratively. As one of two true forwards on the team, he'll likely find himself guarding teams' opposing centers while running with a 4-guard lineup much of the time. Rendlemen was 9th among CAA rookies in scoring and 3rd in rebounding in 2009-10, showing signs he's up for the challenge.

    Senior Chad Tomko returns to finish off what has been a statistically strong career. The 20th player in Seahawk history to score over 1,000 points, Tomko would be greatly appreciated among Seahawk fans if it weren't for character issues and many mental miscues over the course of his career. During the 1st round of the CAA Tournament, Tomko was benched, despite a large deficit, for talking back to the interim coach. If Peterson, a no-nonsense coach, can get the most out of Tomko, then there's a chance he can redeem himself to Seahawk fans. Returning to join Tomko in the starting backcourt is Ahmad Grant, a junior college transfer who made some solid contributions to the Seahawks last season.

    Completing the starting five could be redshirt senior guard Darryl Felder and sophomore forward Matt Wilson. Felder, a bench contributor for most of his career, showed an ability to drive to the bucket last season and its crucial he finishes his career strong for the Hawks. Wilson, the other big man coming back for UNCW, is a wiry, 6-11 sophomore who will be rewarded with lots of playing time. If he fills out his frame he can be a viable candidate to start for the next three seasons.

    Much like last season, Trevor Deloach and Jeremy Basnight will be asked to provide minutes after signing on as junior college transfers along with Grant last season. Deloach in particular showed promise late in the season when Lee decided to make more use of his speed and athleticism in full-court trap situations.

    Freshman small forward Donte Morales should eventually earn plenty of minutes and in all likelihood a starting job after following Peterson from Appalachian State. The lefty shooter from Virginia Beach averaged 16 points per game at Fishburne Military School last year. And, at 6-6, he could help out in the paint as well. Shooting guard Tanner Milson, who was recruited by Moss, will get playing time primarily because of need at first, but the Texan will probably end up a fan favorite thanks to his work ethic.

    Buzz Peterson has already shown he is good at leading reclamation projects, but much like Benny Moss did four years ago, he is entering a hornet's nest and must understand that he will not be able to turn it around overnight. For now, expectations are low enough that even losses will be accepted as long as the team plays technically sound basketball and hustles. Playing a season without drama would be happily welcomed by UNCW supporters as well.


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  13. Great write-up. Really enjoyed it. Obviously I disagree with putting a team that finished 17-15 and returns all its players over a team that finished 27-9 and returns all but 1 of its key players but thats pretty much the only place I disagree.

    I also agree JMU is poised for a breakout year with a motivated Bowles trying to get noticed by the NBA and the return of some key starters that not only improves the team, but gives JMU solid depth as well now, something they sorely lacked last year. I could also see them finishing in the top 2 but I just don't see them winning the whole thing.

    VCU will take a step back with Sanders gone (whether VCU fans agree or not his impact on a game was felt and you can't replace a defensive player like him) as will W&M with Schneider and Sumner among other gone. Northeastern losing Janning and Adako will also hurt them as well so in my opinion it is a 3 horse race this year between JMU, ODU and GMU.

    VCU is a longshot to repeat but this will be the first season in the last 5 or 6 years that VCU will start the season without a legitimate superstar. It will be interesting to see how they manage to get along without a star this year (and no, Joey Rodriguez and Bradford Burgess are not "stars".)

    The rest of the conference is a complete mess, so I feel it is going to be VERY hard for the CAA to get two bids this year if our Conference RPI sucks as badly as I think it will. We will probably be lucky to be in the top 13 or 14 when you consider how bad the bottom part of this conference is.
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    Just wondering where you had Drexel before the alleged incidents occurred. Top half? Top 4? Or still bottom of the league.

    I gotta give you credit. I don't always agree with your rankings, but you at least back them up with information and you clearly put time into them.
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    Yuck. Our conference sucks.

    SN08, good job on the writeup, though.
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    I had them about 7th or 8th. Even with Harris and Phillipp I just didn't see them being a top-half team. The frontcourt and depth just isn't impressive.
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  17. VCUGoRamsGo

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    well, that depends on your definition of a conference "star".

    rodriguez was 13th in scoring, 1st in assists, 1st in steals, and 3rd in assist/turnover ratio last year. he also played some pretty darn good perimeter defense. if he hadn't saved the day on multiple occasions, last season could have been an absolute disaster, instead of just disappointing.

    whether you consider him a "star" or not, he will be one of the top guards in the conference this year. looking past stupid cliched labels, that's all that really matters.

    secondly, you constantly ripped sanders even after he was drafted, but now you call him a "legitimate superstar" in the caa? seriously? if a vcu fan would have called sanders a superstar last season, you would have gone off the deep end. so very typical.
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    Superb job and will be interesting to follow all year.

    Two points re W&M:

    *Kitts became a force last year...his strong play against Maryland, VCU, Wake Forest, George Mason and JMU raised his level of play. He has made himself more than just another journeyman center. He plays with power and has learned to pass the ball.
    Negatives...can't shoot more than two feet from the basket and is a lousy (40%) foul shooter.

    *The freshman giard from Indiana, Julian Boatner, raised eyebrows all over the state with the level of his play the last half of his senior year. He was the best guard in the state the final six weeks...eventually made the All-State team and was the starting point guard for the state all-star team in its two wins over the Kentucky all-stars. His high school coach noted at the all-star games that "Boatner would have been pursued by every Big 10 school had he not signed with Tonyb Shaver last fall." This kid may very well start for the Tribe.

    One other point...all four freshman shot over 70% from the foul line in high school, two of the four over 80%. Bodes welol for the Tribe.
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    I would imagine that McCoy and Givens will start in the frontcourt with Ruffin the next guy to rotate in. Yannick will only get playing time when (...and it will probably happen relatively often...) the first 3 get into foul trouble. He's not an overly capable CAA-caliber player.
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    Thank you for your write up as it's always fun reading them. Maybe we'll have a break out year.
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    Joey may not be a star but he was the best PG in the CAA last year(the stats dont lie)

    For VCU its NCAA or bust this year with Joey, Ed,Brandon & Jamie being seniors

    and SN08 Grayson transferred out of VCU
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    Fair write up on NU, can't really argue with anything you wrote.

    However, NU's best senior class ever wasn't last year's. Not even close.

    Best Senior Class Ever was Reggie Lewis' senior class - 4 NCAA Tournaments, 2 NCAA Wins, upset win over Louisville in Great Alaska Shootout, numerous big wins OOC, and they were ranked at least 2 or 3 times.

    3 NBA Draft Choices on his senior team (granted the draft was like 400 rounds long).
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    Decent write up, but you failed to include the former Big East recruit and current Hofstra commit PG Dwan McMillian. He alone has the potential to put Hofstra's backcourt at the top of the CAA.
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    SN08, I appreciate how much you put into these previews, so thank you for that. I have to say I have no idea what to expect from Mason this year. There is no question we have the individual talent to win the conference, but it will come down to chemistry and commitment (both of which were lacking a year ago).

    Coach L's success has always been on the defensive end, and we were horrible in that regard last season. If that improves dramatically, then this team can be special; if not, then we will lose a lot of close games like we did last season (seven of our losses were by 5 points or less).

    In terms of newcomers, I think Allen is ready to contribute right away, but Arledge is very raw and probably a year or so away. He might be able to buy us a few minutes a game, but Morrison, Pearson and sophomore Johnny Williams will get the bulk of the minutes in the post.

    Three backcourt players to look out for this season are sophomores Sherrod Wright and Rashad Whack and redshirt freshman Vertrail Vaughans. All three could push Cornelius and Tate for minutes in our backcourt, which could be the deepest in the league when you also factor in Long, Allen and Hancock.

    ODU and VCU will also be very strong this season, and I fully expect JMU to bounce back after suffering through so many injuries. Unfortunately, the league will once again be very top heavy, so I'm not expecting too much from a league perspective.
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    Great job SN08 - I enjoyed the write up and it greatly helped pass time as I sit in the airport waiting for my broken plane to be fixed.

    Anyone have any thoughts on who this year's sleeper will be? W&M surprised a lot of people last season.
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    Great composition, SN08. I have two immediate thoughts. First, while Batten for Old Dominion may have the talent to make the all-freshmen team, Coach Taylor typically does not play freshmen extensively. He emphasizes defense and Dimitri sounds like a defensive-minded kid, but I expect Josh Hicks to produce this year more than Batten.

    Second, Towson could surprise some people if Dupree puts forth the effort. I didn't follow him closely while he was at Maryland, but my buddies who do were of the opinion that Gary Williams was not pleased with his work ethic. They've got a good foundation in Polk and Nwankwo. If Braxton can produce, they may live up to that sixth-place billing.
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    Nice write up SN08, awesome details and breakdown. Not sure about mason though being at #1, last season was pretty brutal and sad, drank away my sadness. Hope Long has a good season and really hope we beat GW this year at home for the crap that happened last season at GW. Cheered for ODU and W&M most of the rest of the way. ODU should be solid again. Hope the CAA overall can get some big major conference W's.
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    Great write-up - appreciate the work you put into it.

    Joey is the best PG in the league. If that means he's not a star, I'm OK with that.
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    Wouldn't have had a Mason team that self-destructed at the end of the year with leadership questions at number 1. Other than that seems good, JMU looks poised to have a good year unless the injury bug bites again. ODU obviously loses Gerald Lee but they will have another solid team. VCU could either have a fantastic year or a realllllly sub-par year in my opinion.
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    I don't see this happening.

    "Guard Byron Allen and forward Jonathan Arledge are the newest Patriots, While Allen may well be asked to redshirt"
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