|Men's Basketball Picked to Finish Third, Sherrod Wright Earns Preseason All-CAA Honors|
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).
2012-13 CAA MEN'S BASKETBALL PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
3. George Mason
4. Old Dominion
6. James Madison
8. Georgia State
9. William & Mary
2012-13 CAA MEN'S BASKETBALL PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS
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