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OLD DOMINION PICKED TO REPEAT AS CAA MENíS BASKETBALL CHAMPION IN 2010-11

Courtesy: CAA
          Release: 10/19/2010
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ARLINGTON, Va. (October 19, 2010) - Old Dominion, which returns four starters from last year's 27-9 squad that captured the Colonial Athletic Association men's basketball title, is favored to repeat as conference champion in 2010-11 according to a vote of the league's coaches, sports information directors and media. The results of the poll were announced during Tuesday's CAA Basketball Media Day at Champps-Pentagon Row in Arlington, Va.

The Monarchs were followed in the voting by George Mason, VCU, James Madison and Hofstra. Picked sixth was Drexel, followed by Northeastern, William and Mary, Delaware, Towson, Georgia State and UNC Wilmington.

ODU, which has made six consecutive postseason appearances, is riding the momentum from its first CAA championship since 2005. The Monarchs went on to knock off Notre Dame, 51-50, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. ODU welcomes back a trio of senior frontcourt players in third-team All-CAA selection Ben Finney (8.8 ppg/5.8 rpg), Frank Hassell (9.2 ppg/6.7 rpg) and Keyon Carter (7.4 ppg/4.9 rpg). The Monarchs also return three-year starter Darius James (7.0 ppg) and CAA All-Defensive team honoree Kent Bazemore (8.4 ppg) in the backcourt.

George Mason has all five starters back from a 17-15 squad that made the Patriots' eighth postseason appearance in the last 12 years. Mason's backcourt features two-time All-CAA selection Cam Long (12.2 ppg) and junior Andre Cornelius (9.4 ppg), who shot a league-best 43.3% from 3-point range last year. Returning up front are junior post players Ryan Pearson (11.9 ppg/6.4 rpg) and Mike Morrison (8.5 ppg/5.9 rpg) along with CAA All-Rookie honoree, Luke Hancock (7.7 ppg).

VCU is coming off a 27-9 campaign which was capped by winning the College Basketball Invitational championship. Four starters are back for the Rams, who have reached the postseason in six of the past seven seasons. All-CAA point guard Joey Rodriguez (12.9 ppg/5.8 rpg) leads a veteran backcourt that also includes seniors Brandon Rozzell (8.8 ppg) and Ed Nixon (7.9 ppg). The Rams return a pair of frontcourt starters with junior Bradford Burgess (10.4 ppg/5.1 rpg) and senior Jamie Skeen (8.1 ppg).

James Madison is projected to make a significant jump in the CAA standings as three starters return from a year ago and two other standouts are back from injuries. The Dukes are led by a pair of All-CAA honorees up front in senior post player Denzel Bowles (20.8 ppg/9.2 rpg) and junior wing Julius Wells (16.3 ppg/5.1 rpg). JMU will get a boost from the return of sophomore point guard Devon Moore (10.7 ppg) and sophomore forward Andrey Semenov (6.3 ppg), who were sidelined by injuries last season.

Hofstra senior guard Charles Jenkins, who received CAA Player of the Year and honorable mention All-America honors in 2009-10, was selected as the CAA Preseason Player of the Year. Jenkins was one of five players in Division I to average at least 20 points (20.6 ppg), four rebounds (4.5 rpg) and three assists (3.9 apg) per game last season. He is joined on the preseason All-CAA first team by JMU's Bowles, Mason's Long, VCU's Rodriguez and Northeastern senior guard Chaisson Allen (13.6 ppg/4.7 rpg), who made the All-CAA first team in 2009-10.

Voted to the preseason second team were ODU's Bazemore and Finney, JMU's Wells, Delaware senior guard Jawan Carter (18.2 ppg/4.9 apg) and William & Mary junior guard/forward Quinn McDowell (13.9 ppg/4.3 rpg).

 

2010-11 CAA MEN'S BASKETBALL PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH

 

1. Old Dominion

2. George Mason

3. VCU

4. James Madison

5. Hofstra

6. Drexel

7. Northeastern

8. William & Mary

9. Delaware

10. Towson

11. Georgia State

12. UNC Wilmington

2010-11 CAA MEN'S BASKETBALL PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS

First Team

Cl.

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Hometown/Previous School

Chaisson Allen, Northeastern*

Sr.

G

6-4

190

Murfreesboro, Tenn./Oakland

Denzel Bowles, James Madison#

Sr.

F

6-10

260

Virginia Beach, Va./Kempsville/Texas A&M

Charles Jenkins, Hofstra*

Sr.

G

6-3

220

Queens, N.Y./Springfield Gardens

Cam Long, George Mason#

Sr.

G

6-4

187

Palm Bay, Fla./Freedom (Va.)

Joey Rodriguez, VCU#

Sr.

G

5-10

175

Oviedo, Fla./Lake Howell

           
           

Second Team

Cl.

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Hometown/High School

Kent Bazemore, Old Dominion

Jr.

G/F

6-5

195

Kelford, N.C./Bertie

Jawan Carter, Delaware#

Sr.

G

5-11

185

Chester, Pa./Tatnall/Saint Joseph's

Ben Finney, Old Dominion^

Sr.

G/F

6-5

215

Portsmouth, Va./Norcom/Hargrave

Quinn McDowell, William & Mary^

Jr.

G/F

6-6

215

Mason, Ohio/Archbishop Moeller

Julius Wells, James Madison^

Jr.

F

6-5

205

Toledo, Ohio/Libbey

CAA Preseason Player of the Year: Charles Jenkins, Hofstra

Honorable Mention: Chris Fouch, So., G, Drexel; Frank Hassell, Sr., F, Old Dominion; Ryan Pearson, Jr., F, George Mason; Chad Tomko, Sr., G, UNC Wilmington

* 1st team All-CAA in 2009-10>

# 2nd team All-CAA in 2009-10

^ 3rd team All-CAA in 2009-10


 

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