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Men's Basketball Picked to Finish Third, Sherrod Wright Earns Preseason All-CAA Honors
Courtesy: George Mason Athletics
Release: 10/16/2012

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ARLINGTON, Va. - The George Mason men's basketball team has been picked to finish third in the Colonial Athletic Association, as the results of the preseason poll were announced Tuesday at CAA Basketball Media Day. Additionally, junior guard Sherrod Wright was selected to the Preseason All-CAA Second Team. The vote was taken by the league's head coaches, media relations directors and members of the media.

Drexel was picked to capture the league's title, while Delaware was selected in the second spot. Following the Patriots in the voting was Old Dominion, Northeastern, James Madison and Hofstra. Rounding out the poll was Georgia State, William & Mary, Towson and UNCW.

Two starters and several key reserves are back at Mason, which is coming off a 24-9 campaign a year ago. The Patriots' top returnee is Wright, who contributed 9.6 ppg as the team's sixth man. Joining him in the backcourt are junior point guard Bryon Allen (7.5 ppg) and three-point shooting threat Vertrail Vaughns (8.8 ppg). Junior Jonathan Arledge (4.3 ppg) and sophomore Erik Copes (3.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg) are expected to challenge for starting roles while junior Johnny Williams, who missed last season due to injury, returns after a redshirt season.

The Patriots welcome four newcomers in freshman guard Patrick Holloway (Fairfax, Va./Paul VI)  and forwards Marko Gujanicic (Cacak, Serbia/Stoneridge Prep [Calif.]), Jalen Jenkins (Yonkers, N.Y./Cardinal Hayes) and Michael Rudy (Falls Church, Va./St. Thomas More). Additionally, sophomore Anali Okoloji will make his on-court debut with the Green and Gold after transferring from Seton Hall and redshirting the 2011-12 season.

Drexel's Frantz Massenat was voted as the CAA Preseason Player of the Year. He is joined on the preseason All-CAA first team by Delaware's JamelleHagins and Devon Saddler, Drexel's Damion Lee, Northeastern's Jonathan Lee and UNCW senior forward Keith Rendleman, who contributed 15.3 ppg and 10.0 rpg last season to earn first-team All-CAA accolades.

Voted to the preseason second team along with Wright were Northeastern's Quincy Ford, James Madison senior guard A.J. Davis (15.9 ppg), William & Mary sophomore guard Marcus Thornton (11.1 ppg) and Georgia State junior guard Devonta White (12.9 ppg).



1. Drexel

2. Delaware

3. George Mason

4. Old Dominion

5. Northeastern

6. James Madison

7. Hofstra

8. Georgia State

9. William & Mary

10. Towson

11. UNCW



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

Jamelle Hagins, Delaware                 Sr.        F          6-9       240      Roanoke, Va./William Fleming

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

Jonathan Lee, Northeastern              Sr.        G         6-2       200      Flint, Mich./Flint Carmen-Ainsworth/Hun School

Frantz Massenat, Drexel*                   Jr.        G         6-4       195      Ewing, N.J./Trenton Catholic

Keith Rendleman, UNCW*               Sr.        F          6-8       220      Denver, N.C./East Lincoln

Devon Saddler, Delaware                 Jr.        G         6-2       205      Aberdeen, Md./Aberdeen/Winchendon Prep

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

A.J. Davis, James Madison                 Sr.        G         6-6       210      Columbus, Ohio/Harmony Comm./Wyoming

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

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

Devonta White, Georgia State            Jr.        G         5-10     158      Alpharetta, Ga./Centennial

Sherrod Wright, George Mason      Jr.       G         6-4       196      Mount Vernon, N.Y./Mount Vernon

CAA Preseason Player of the Year: Frantz Massenat, Drexel

Honorable Mention: Chris Fouch, Sr., G, Drexel; DeShawn Painter, Sr., C, Old Dominion; Joel Smith, Sr., G, Northeastern; Jarvis Threatt, So., G, Delaware; Nick Wright, Sr., F, Old Dominion