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Men's Basketball Picked to Finish Eighth, Sherrod Wright Earns Preseason Honors
Courtesy: George Mason Athletics
Release: 10/08/2013

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. – The George Mason men’s basketball team was predicted to finish eighth in its inaugural season of the Atlantic 10 Conference in the league’s annual preseason poll. Additionally, senior guard Sherrod Wright was one of 21 student-athletes selected for preseason awards, being named Second Team Preseason All-Conference. The polls and awards were announced by the conference on Tuesday morning in conjunction with its annual media day at Barclays Center.

Both the polls and awards were chosen by a panel of the league’s head coaches and media members. VCU, the 2012-13 Atlantic 10 Championship runners-up, was predicted to capture the league’s title, garnering 19 first-place votes to total 307 points in the poll. Defending champion Saint Louis was tabbed second in the poll with 288 points, while NCAA Sweet 16 participant La Salle was chosen third with 265 points. Massachusetts was picked fourth, followed by Saint Joseph’s in fifth to complete the top five.

Richmond was picked sixth as Dayton was tabbed seventh with just two points separating the teams. Following Mason in voting was Rhode Island, George Washington and Fordham. St. Bonaventure and Duquesne rounded out the 13-team poll.

Mason returns all five starters to the squad, which is coming off a 22-16 season and a trip to the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) finals. Amongst the returning starters is Wright, who set a school record starting all 38 contests a year ago. The senior guard contributed 16.6 points per game and 4.9 rebounds per game.

The Patriots welcome newcomers Marquise Moore (Queens, N.Y./St. Thomas More) and junior transfer Julian Royal (Alpharetta, Ga./Georgia Tech). Royal will redshirt the 2013-14 season due to NCAA transfer rules. Additionally, redshirt freshman Jalen Jenkins returns after redshirting last season.

Chaz Williams of Massachusetts and Saint Louis’ Dwayne Evans, both 2012-13 First Team All-Conference selections, were named to the 2013-14 Preseason All-Conference First Team. Joining the pair are Tyreek Duren of La Salle and VCU’s Treveon Graham and Juvonte Reddic.

Joining alongside league newcomer Wright on the Preseason Second Team All-Conference is Isaiah Armwood of George Washington, who also earned a spot on the All-Defensive Team, Rhode Island’s Xavier Munford and Saint Joseph’s teammates Ronald Roberts, Jr., and Langston Galloway.

The Preseason Third Team is comprised of Brendan Frazier from Fordham, and La Salle’s Tyrone Garland and Jerrell Wright. Cedric Lindsay of Richmond and Jordair Jett from Saint Louis complete the Third Team.

Jett and Williams also made the Preseason All-Defensive Team along with Armwood. Joining the trio are George Washington’s Patricio Garino, Richmond’s Alonzo Nelson-Ododa and VCU’s Briante Weber.

Atlantic 10 Conference Predicted Order of Finish

Team                                    Points             2012-13 A-10 Record             2012-13 Overall Record

1.       VCU (19)                     307                            12-4                                                 27-9
2.       Saint Louis (5)           288                            13-3                                                 28-7              
3.       La Salle                       265                            11-5                                                 24-10
4.       Massachusetts          236                             9-7                                                  21-12
5.       Saint Joseph’s          199                             8-8                                                  18-14
6.       Richmond                   173                            8-8                                                   19-15
7.       Dayton                          171                            7-9                                                  17-14
8.       George Mason            141                            N/A                                                  22-16
9.       Rhode Island              130                            3-13                                                8-21
10.    George Washington   122                            7-9                                                  13-17
11.    Fordham                        58                              3-13                                                7-24
12.    St. Bonaventure            56                              7-9                                                  14-15
13.    Duquesne                    38                               1-15                                                8-22


First Team Preseason All-Conference                         

Name                             School                           Pos.           Year        Hometown
Tyreek Duren                La Salle                         G                  Sr.          Philadelphia, Pa.
Chaz Williams              Massachusetts            G                  Sr.          Brooklyn, N.Y.
Dwayne Evans             Saint Louis                     F                 Sr.          Bolingbrook, Ill.
Treveon Graham          VCU                                G                 Jr.           Temple Hills, Md.
Juvonte Reddic             VCU                                F                 Sr.           Winston-Salem, N.C.

Second Team Preseason All-Conference

Name                              School                           Pos.           Year        Hometown
Sherrod Wright              George Mason             G                 Sr.           Mount Vernon, N.Y. 
Isaiah Armwood            George Washington   F                 Sr.            Baltimore, Md.
Xavier Munford               Rhode Island               G                 Sr.            Hillside, N.J.
Langston Galloway       Saint Joseph’s            G                 Sr.            Baton Rouge, La.
Ronald Roberts, Jr.       Saint Joseph’s            F                  Sr.            Bayonne, N.J.

Third Team Preseason All-Conference

Name                             School                             Pos.            Year       Hometown
Brendan Frazier            Fordham                        G                  Sr.          Brooklyn, N.Y.
Tyrone Garland             La Salle                          G                  Sr.          Philadelphia, Pa.
Jerrell Wright                 La Salle                          F                  Jr.           Philadelphia, Pa. 
Cedric Lindsay              Richmond                      G                 Sr.           Washington, D.C.
Jordair Jett                     Saint Louis                     G                 Sr.           St. Paul, Minn.

Preseason All-Defensive Team

Name                            School                               Pos.           Year        Hometown        
Isaiah Armwood         George Washington        F                  Sr.          Baltimore, Md.
Patricio Garino            George Washington        G/F             So.         Mar del Plata, Argentina
Chaz Williams             Massachusetts                G                 Sr.          Brooklyn, N.Y. 
Alonzo Nelson-Ododa     Richmond                    F                 So.         Atlanta, Ga.
Jordair Jett                     Saint Louis                      G                 Sr.          St. Paul, Minn.
Briante Weber               VCU                                   G                  Jr.         Chesapeake, Va.