BALTIMORE, Md. – Towson, which returns four starters from last year’s 18-13 team, has been picked to win the CAA men’s basketball championship in 2013-14 according to a vote of the league’s coaches, media relations directors and media members. The results of the poll were announced during Tuesday’s CAA Basketball Media Day in Baltimore, Md.
The Tigers were followed in the voting by Drexel, CAA newcomer College of Charleston and Delaware. Picked fifth was William & Mary, followed by Northeastern, James Madison, UNCW and Hofstra.
Towson will try to build off a 2012-13 season in which it posted the biggest turnaround in NCAA history and recorded its most wins (13) and highest finish (tied 2nd) ever in CAA play. Leading the Tigers is senior forward Jerrelle Benimon, who earned CAA Player of the Year and honorable mention All-America accolades after averaging 17.1 points per game and ranking third in the nation in rebounding with 11.2 rpg. He’ll be joined in the frontcourt by senior Marcus Damas, who contributed 11.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest. Returning in the backcourt is sophomore point guard Jerome Hairston (9.8 ppg), along with seniors Mike Burwell (9.0 ppg) and Rafriel Guthrie (8.1 ppg). The Tigers have also added sophomore guard Four McGlynn, who was the America East Rookie of the Year in 2011-12 at Vermont.
Towson’s Benimon was voted as the CAA Preseason Player of the Year. He is joined on the preseason All-CAA first team by Drexel’s Damion Lee and Frantz Massenat, Delaware’s Devon Saddler, and William & Mary’s Marcus Thornton.
Voted to the preseason second team were CofC’s Adjehi Baru, Delaware’s Jarvis Threatt, Northeastern’s Quincy Ford, James Madison’s Andre Nation, and William & Mary’s Tim Rusthoven.
Towson’s Damas was named Honorable Mention All-CAA Preseason, along with Chris Fouch of Drexel and Anthony Stitt of College of Charleston.
2013-14 CAA MEN’S BASKETBALL PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
3. College of Charleston
5. William & Mary
7. James Madison
2013-14 CAA MEN’S BASKETBALL PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS
Jerrelle Benimon, Towson*
Damion Lee, Drexel#
Frantz Massenat, Drexel#
Devon Saddler, Delaware*
Marcus Thornton, William & Mary# Jr. G 6-4 185 Upper Marlboro, Md./Bishop McNamara
Adjehi Baru, College of Charleston Jr. F 6-9 225 Abidjan, Ivory Coast/The Steward School
Quincy Ford, Northeastern^
Andre Nation, James Madison% So. G 6-5 200 Plant City, Fla./Faith Baptist Christian
Tim Rusthoven, William & Mary^ Sr. F 6-9 235 Winfield, Ill./Wheaton Academy
Jarvis Threatt, Delaware^
CAA Preseason Player of the Year: Jerrelle Benimon, Towson
Honorable Mention: Marcus Damas, Sr., F, Towson; Chris Fouch, Gr., G, Drexel; Anthony Stitt, Jr., G, College of Charleston
*1st team All-CAA in 2012-13
#2nd team All-CAA in 2012-13
^3rd team All-CAA in 2012-13
% CAA All-Rookie in 2012-13