Men’s Basketball Picked Second in CAA Preseason Poll

Posted: October 27, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Fresh off a trip to the Final Four, the George Mason men’s basketball team was picked to finish second in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) in the conference’s preseason poll, as voted upon by coaches, sports information directors and members of the media that cover the CAA.

The results of the preseason poll were announced at the annual CAA Media Day on Wednesday at the ESPNZone in Washington, D.C.

Hofstra University was selected for the top spot, with the Pride returning one of the nation’s best backcourts. Loren Stokes of Hofstra was selected preseason CAA Player of the Year.

Drexel University was third in the preseason voting, followed by Old Dominion University; University of North Carolina, Wilmington; and Virginia Commonwealth University. The second half of the conference was led by Towson University, followed by Georgia State University; Northeastern University; James Madison University; the College of William and Mary; and the University of Delaware.

A pair of Patriots received preseason All-CAA accolades: junior forward Will Thomas was named preseason first team and junior guard/forward Folarin Campbell was named preseason second team.

Two other schools had multiple players on the squad. Hofstra’s Stokes and Antoine Agudio were both named to the first team while Drexel’s Dominick Mejia was chosen to the first team and Bashir Mason was chosen to the second team.

Rounding out the preseason All-CAA teams are T.J. Carter of UNC Wilmington and Gary Neal of Towson on the first team, while Arnaud Dahi of Old Dominion, Juwann James of James Madison and B.A. Walker of VCU filled out the second team.

Mason will play its lone exhibition game of the season next week when the Patriots take on Marymount University on Nov. 1 at the Patriot Center at 7 p.m. Mason opens the season on Nov. 11 at Cleveland State University; and the Patriots play their home opener on Nov. 18 against Wichita State University.

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