BALTIMORE, MD (CAA) — Hofstra, which returns four starters from last year’s 20-win squad, has been picked to win the CAA men’s basketball championship in 2015-16 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 Pride was followed in the voting by James Madison, defending CAA champion Northeastern and William & Mary. Selected fifth was Delaware, followed by UNCW, Towson, Drexel, College of Charleston and Elon.
Hofstra welcomes back three double-digit scorers from last year’s 20-14 team. Leading the Pride is multi-talented senior guard Juan’ya Green, who received first-team All-CAA honors after averaging 17.1 ppg and ranking ninth in Division I in assists (6.5 apg). Senior wing Ameen Tanksley was the league’s fourth-leading scorer with 16.2 ppg and grabbed 5.5 rpg to earn a spot on the All-CAA second team. Joining them in the backcourt is junior Brian Bernardi (11.6 ppg), who knocked down a team-high 95 threes and shot better than 40% from beyond the arc. Also back for the Pride are senior Malik Nichols (6.1 ppg/4.9 rpg), junior Jamall Robinson (4.0 ppg) and sophomore post player Rokas Gustys (5.2 ppg/5.7 rpg). Several newcomers are expected to make an impact for Hofstra, including frontcourt transfer Denton Koon (Princeton).
James Madison returns all five starters and most of its top reserves from last year’s 19-14 team that earned a share of the CAA regular-season title for the first time since 1999-2000. Back to run the Dukes’ attack is senior guard Ron Curry, who made the All-CAA second team after averaging a team-high 13.9 ppg, ranking third in the league in assists (4.3 apg) and shooting 46.5% from 3-point range during conference play. Junior forward Yohanny Dalembert is coming off a breakout season in which he averaged 11.4 ppg and a team-high 6.0 rpg on the way to third-team All-CAA accolades. Other returning starters include junior guard Jackson Kent (10.3), who made 60 treys, senior guard Winston Grays (7.8 ppg) and junior forward Tom Vodanovich (5.4 ppg). Sophomore Joey McLean (6.5 ppg) and Butler transfer Devontae Morgan provide backcourt depth.
Northeastern has four starters back from last year’s 23-12 squad that captured its first CAA championship and made its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1991. The Huskies’ veteran backcourt is led by senior David Walker, who hit a team-high 69 threes, averaged 13.4 ppg and was selected to the All-CAA second team. Junior point guard T.J. Williams chipped in 9.6 ppg and dished out 111 assists. Senior forward Quincy Ford (10.4 ppg/5.4 rpg) made a successful return from back surgery and capped his season by being named the Most Outstanding Performer of the CAA Tournament. Also returning for the Huskies are versatile senior guard Zach Stahl (8.3 ppg/5.9 rpg) and top reserves Caleb Donnelly (3.2 ppg) and Devon Begley (2.9 ppg).
William & Mary, which claimed a share of the CAA regular-season title for the first time since 1997-98, is coming off back-to-back 20-win campaigns and returns four starters. Senior guard Terry Tarpey received All-CAA second team and CAA Defensive Player of the Year honors after averaging 11.8 ppg and leading the league in rebounding (8.4 rpg) and steals (58). Junior wing Omar Prewitt ranked 10th in the conference in scoring (13.5 ppg) and was a third-team All-CAA pick. Also back are junior guard Daniel Dixon (11.1 ppg), who ranked fifth nationally in 3-point percentage (45.1%) and senior post player Sean Sheldon (6.2 ppg/4.3 rpg). Adding to the Tribe’s arsenal is sophomore guard David Cohn, a transfer from Colorado State.
Hofstra’s Green was voted as the CAA Preseason Player of the Year. He was joined on the preseason All-CAA first team by JMU’s Curry, Hofstra’s Tanksley, William & Mary’s Tarpey and Northeastern’s Walker.
Voted to the preseason second team were JMU’s Dalembert, Towson junior forward John Davis (11.8 ppg/8.1 rpg), Northeastern’s Ford, Delaware sophomore guard Kory Holden (12.4 ppg/5.0 apg) and William & Mary’s Prewitt.
2015-16 CAA MEN’S BASKETBALL PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
- James Madison
- William & Mary
- College of Charleston
2015-16 CAA MEN’S BASKETBALL PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS
First Team Cl. Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/Previous School
Ron Curry, James Madison# Sr. G 6-3 200 Pennsauken, N.J./Paul VI
Juan’ya Green, Hofstra* Sr. G 6-3 205 Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Carroll/Niagara
Ameen Tanksley, Hofstra# Sr. G/F 6-6 218 Philadelphia, Pa./Imhotep Charter/Niagara
Terry Tarpey, William & Mary# Sr. G/F 6-5 210 Stamford, Conn./Fairfield Prep
David Walker, Northeastern# Sr. G 6-6 196 Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls
Second Team Cl. Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/Previous School
Yohanny Dalembert, James Madison^ Jr. F 6-8 230 Port-au-Prince, Haiti/Lower Merion (Pa.)
John Davis, Towson^ Jr. F 6-5 215 Philadelphia, Pa./Ss. Neumann-Goretti
Quincy Ford, Northeastern Sr. F/G 6-8 225 St. Petersburg, Fla./Gibbs
Kory Holden, Delaware So. G 6-2 180 Salisbury, Md./J.M. Bennett
Omar Prewitt, William & Mary^ Jr. G/F 6-7 195 Mount Sterling, Ky./Montgomery County
CAA Preseason Player of the Year: Juan’ya Green, Hofstra
Honorable Mention: Tavon Allen, Sr., G, Drexel; Canyon Barry, Jr., G, College of Charleston; Arnaud William Adala Moto, Jr., F, Towson; Craig Ponder, Sr., G, UNCW; Tanner Samson, Sr., G, Elon
*1st team All-CAA in 2014-15
#2nd team All-CAA in 2014-15
^3rd team All-CAA in 2014-15
BALTIMORE, MD (CAA) — James Madison, the two-time defending Colonial Athletic Association women’s basketball champion, was picked to win it all again in 2016 according to a vote of the league’s 10 head coaches. The predicted order of finish, along with the Preseason All-CAA Teams, were announced at Tuesday’s CAA Basketball Media Day at The Center Club in Baltimore, Md.
The Dukes were the overall favorite while Drexel was picked second, Hofstra was chosen third, and Elon was selected fourth. Delaware was picked to finish fifth in the preseason poll followed by William & Mary in sixth. Rounding out the 10 teams, in order, were: UNCW, Towson, College of Charleston and Northeastern.
James Madison and 2015 CAA Coach of the Year Kenny Brooks welcome back two starters from last year’s 29-4 squad which captured its second consecutive CAA Championship. The Dukes, who won 20 of their last 22 games, went 17-1 in CAA action and received votes in the national polls at season’s end. JMU was ranked as high as No. 21 last season.
Back to lead JMU is redshirt senior guard Jazmon Gwathmey, who was named the 2015-16 CAA Preseason Player of the Year. Gwathmey, the two-time CAA Championship Most Outstanding Player, contributed 9.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game last season and earned a spot on the All-CAA Third Team. Preseason All-CAA guard Angela Mickens is back for her senior campaign. Mickens was fourth in the nation in assists, dishing out 7.6 per game en route to All-CAA Second Team honors and was a finalist for the Nancy Lieberman Award recognizing the top point guard in the nation.
Drexel notched its third 20-win season under Head Coach Denise Dillon last year, went 14-4 in conference play, and made an appearance in the WNIT. The Dragons boasted on of the top defenses, finishing the year ranked 16th in the nation in scoring defense (55.1 ppg). Drexel was the second-best free throw shooting team in the country, connecting 77.8 percent of the time. Junior forward Sarah Curran is coming off a stellar season in which she was an All-CAA First Team selection after dropping in 12.1 points per game. Guard Rachel Pearson returns for her senior season after averaging 11.0 points per game and picking up All-CAA Second Team honors.
Hofstra returns four starters from a squad that made a run into the CAA Championship final and secured an at-large bid to the WNIT. Head Coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey’s squad was the only league team to defeat JMU during the regular season. The Pride is led by 2015 CAA Rookie of the Year Ashunae Durant who contributed 11.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game at the forward position. Also back for Hofstra are guards Kelly Loftus, who averaged 12.5 points per game, and Darius Faulk, who was second in the CAA in assists per game (5.3) last season.
Elon made a splash in its CAA debut going 19-13 overall and 11-7 in conference play under Head Coach Charlotte Smith. The Phoenix advanced to the semifinals of the CAA Championship and earned an at-large bid to the WNIT, for their first-ever appearance in the tournament. Elon will be led by sophomores Shay Burnett, who averaged 10.5 and 5.4 rebounds en route to CAA All-Rookie honors, and Malaya Johnson, who posted 7.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. Guard Essence Baucom brings her 4.5 assists and 6.7 points per game to the backcourt.
The Preseason All-CAA First Team was comprised of: JMU’s Gwathmey and Mickens, Drexel’s Curran, Hofstra’s Durant, and College of Charleston’s Bre Bolden (14.2 ppg/3.0 steals/g).
Voted to the Preseason All-CAA Second Team were: Elon’s Burnett, Delaware’s Erika Brown (14.2 ppg/3.1 rpg), Northeastern’s Samantha DeFreese (13.9ppg/7.0ppg), Drexel’s Rachel Pearson (11.0ppg/3.9rpg), and William & Mary’s Marlena Tremba (12.5 ppg/3.1 rpg).
Receiving honorable mention were: Delaware’s Courtni Green (14.2ppg), Towson’s Dominique Johnson (13.2 ppg), James Madison’s Ashley Perez (9.2ppg), and UNCW’s Naqaiyyah Teague (7.1ppg/8.0rpg).
Conference play tips-off on January 3 and concludes on March 2. All 10 teams head to the 2016 CAA Women’s Basketball Championship, March 9-12, at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md. Tickets for the 2016 CAA Women’s Basketball Championship are currently on sale via CAAsports.com/tickets.
2015-16 CAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
1. James Madison
6. William & Mary
9. College of Charleston
2015-16 CAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS
First Team Cl. Pos. Ht. Hometown/Previous School
Bre Bolden, CofC%^ Jr. G 5-11 Edgewater, Md./South River
Sarah Curran, Drexel* Jr. F 5-11 Media, Pa./Archbishop Carroll
Ashunae Durant, Hofstra&^ So. F 5-10 Newark, N.J./Bloomfield Tech
Jazmon Gwathmey, James Madison# R-Sr. G 6-2 Bealeton, Va./Liberty
Angela Mickens, James Madison^ Sr. G 5-7 Staunton, Va./Robert E. Lee
Second Team Cl. Pos. Ht. Hometown/Previous School
Erika Brown, Delaware^ Jr. G 5-7 Paterson, N.J./John F. Kennedy
Shay Burnett, Elon So. G 5-9 Graham, N.C./Southern Alamance
Samantha DeFreese, Northeastern# Sr. F 6-0 Bergenfield, N.J./Berkshire School
Rachel Pearson, Drexel^ Sr. G 5-11 West Chester, Pa./Archbishop Carroll
Marlena Tremba, William & Mary# Jr. G 5-9 Vienna, Va./Paul VI
& 2014-15 CAA Rookie of the Year % 2014-15 CAA Defensive Player of the Year
*1st Team All-CAA in 2014-15 ^ 2nd Team All-CAA in 2014-15 #3rd Team All-CAA in 2014-15
Honorable Mention: Courtni Green, Sr., G., Delaware; Dominique Johnson, Sr., G; Towson;
Ashley Perez, Sr., G, JMU; Naqaiyyah Teague, Jr., G, UNCW
CAA Preseason Player of the Year: Jazmon Gwathmey, James Madison