Season 50 Pre-season
-They're the reigning national champion, they return nine players, and they have the best d3 player in memory in Robert Johnston
. This is pretty much a no-brainer.
-The 14 seed that made the miraculous run to the finals two seasons ago has a surprisingly talented team. Senior Greg Williams
is a tremendous talent who has earned 1st team all-conference honors in both his sophomore and junior seasons and he'll look to top those by winning Player of the Year in the Upstate this season. Another player to keep an eye on is ultra-athletic Joseph Housel
who could be a breakout performer in the fast-break offense.
-After four seasons at Coe College, coach crcummings
moved up to Vassar this offseason and would like to pick up where very accomplished coachedlittlegiant0
moved up to d2. Vassar has been to the NT the last 5 seasons, including the Final Four. There 11 (!) returning players on this very good Vassar team, and they are LOADED with talent. There are so many impact players, I won't even bother to speculate on them. The only knock on this team is their defense, but their offensive firepower should be able to overcome that.
-They didn't make a run in last year's NT, but they were one of the best teams throughout the regular season and they return 10 players, including 5 seniors. Senior shooters Richard Betancourt
and Kenneth Russel
l will be hard for any defense to contain.
#5 New York U.
-After going to the Final Four last year they return 8 players, including 6 seniors. These 6 seniors are very talented and they are lead by big guy Daniel Roush
and Richard Shroeter
. Junior 7 footer Shawn Timko
will also play a large role on this highly ranked team.
#6 Franklin & Marshall
-Another team coming off the Final Four, they return 10 players, 9 of them upperclassmen. They are led by rebounding machine Erik Mikels
and a very good perimeter oriented big man in Daniel Pierson
. Keep an eye on junior shooter Dan Capello
#7 Texas Lutheran
will try to step in and lead this team that is on the right track. Thomas Walser
will be their best big man this season and he is the favorite to win the ASC POY award. Junior Guard Herbert Lever
is very talented so don't be surprised when he goes off this year.
-They've been upset in the first round two years in a row now, but they'll look to go deep this year. They return 10 players and are led by seniors Cody Jones
and Matthew Janczunski
#9 Westminster (MO)
-Coming off a PI Final Four, they return 9 players, all of them juniors and seniors. Senior Robert Jones
and junior Larry Caperton
will undoubtedly have a big impact this year.
-This perennial powerhouse returns 9 players from last season. Look out for junior William Milton
: after his 2nd Team All-Conference performance last year, he'll look to take a big step up and lead this team to a great year. Junior Bobby Henning
can really shoot, so look out for him to light it up against zones this season.
-Coming off a run to the Elite 8, they return 8 players, including 4 starters. Combo guard Jason Littlefield
will try to improve upon his 2nd Team All-American season and be the go-to guy on this team, although some say reigning ODAC Player of the Year David Algarin
should be the main feature in their offense. One this is for sure, sophomore guard Aaron Davis
will have a great impact on Roanoke this season.
-Their last three seasons:
NT (Elite 8)
NT (Championship Game)
You have to give this team respect each and every year. Daniel Stinson
should be their leader this year as they vie for the USA South Championship, although they will have a tough road because they'll have to go through Piedmont and #1 Greensboro to get there.
Coming off an appearance in the title game, they return 7 players including the impressive Alton Breedlove
and Michael McCloud
-They are a boom or bust team. They've had 4 different coaches in the last 4 seasons, but they do have 11 returning players from a team that made the tournament last year. Junior big man Don Adams
looks very impressive, but it's questionable whether he'll blossom in the fastbreak offense. Starting since his sophomore season, senior Charles Baker
has proven he can have success in the fastbreak offense. Sophomore sharpshooter Robert Hansford
will look to up his game this year and lead Denison to a North Coast Conference title.
-Despite having two down years in a row, they snuck into the tournament last year by winning the So. Cal. Conference Tournament. They do return 11 players this year and have an impressive bunch of players. Don't be surprised if Colorado and Ted Harmon
make a big splash this year. Consider them my sleeper.