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Towson picked to win CAA in preseason hoops poll

Posted on 22 October 2013 by WNST Staff

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 

1. Towson

2. Drexel

3. College of Charleston

4. Delaware

5. William & Mary

6. Northeastern

7. James Madison

8. UNCW

9. Hofstra

2013-14 CAA MEN’S BASKETBALL PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS 

First Team                                                        Cl.          Pos.       Ht.          Wt.        Hometown/Previous School

Jerrelle Benimon, Towson*                          Sr.          F             6-8         245        Warrenton, Va./Fauquier/Georgetown

Damion Lee, Drexel#                                     Jr.           G            6-6         195        Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall/St. Thomas More

Frantz Massenat, Drexel#                             Sr.          G            6-4         185        Ewing, N.J./Trenton Catholic

Devon Saddler, Delaware*                           Sr.          G            6-2         210        Aberdeen, Md./Aberdeen/Winchendon Prep

Marcus Thornton, William & Mary#           Jr.           G            6-4         185        Upper Marlboro, Md./Bishop McNamara

 

Second Team                                                  Cl.          Pos.       Ht.          Wt.        Hometown/Previous School

Adjehi Baru, College of Charleston             Jr.           F             6-9         225        Abidjan, Ivory Coast/The Steward School

Quincy Ford, Northeastern^                        Jr.           F/G         6-8         212        St. Petersburg, Fla./Gibbs

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^                             Jr.           G            6-2         170        Richmond, Va./Highland Springs

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

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