Seahawks picked fifth in 2017-18 CAA Men’s Hoops poll

WILMINGTON, North Carolina (UNCWSports.com) – Two-time defending champion UNCW has been picked to finish fifth in the Colonial Athletic Association in preseason balloting for the upcoming 2017-18 season by the league’s head coaches and media relations directors.

 

Individually, junior forward Devontae Cacok (Alpharetta HS/Riverdale, Ga.) was a First-Team All-CAA preseason selection and senior playmaker Jordon Talley (Henrico HS/Richmond, Va.) collected Honorable Mention honors.

 

The Seahawks, 29-6 overall and 15-3 in the CAA one year ago, garnered 197 points, trailing only Charleston (392), Towson (306), Elon (297) and Hofstra (236). The bottom five teams in the poll were Northeastern (159), Delaware (156), William & Mary (120), Drexel (102) and James Madison (65).

 

It marks the third time the Seahawks have been picked to finish fifth since the CAA polls originated in 2001-02. UNCW was also tabbed fifth in 2005-06 and 2006-07.

 

The muscle-bound Cacok developed into one of the CAA’s top insider performers one year ago and is poised to repeat as a dominant force inside the paint. The Riverdale, Ga., product averaged 12.3 points and 9.8 rebounds and set an NCAA record by converting 80 percent of his field goals. The dunking machine had 82 flushes in 2016-17 and needs just two more to become UNCW’s all-time slam leader.

 

Talley, meanwhile, will provide a veteran presence as the Seahawks head into a transition year under new Head Coach C.B. McGrath. Talley has appeared in 93 games over the last three seasons and averaged 8.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists.

 

Overall, UNCW owns the best winning percentage in the 10-team league over the last three seasons, amassing a 72-28 record for a 72.0 percent clip. The Seahawks finished with an RPI of 33 in 2016-17 – the best in the CAA – and fell in a tight contest to Virginia last March in the NCAA Tournament.

 

2017-18 CAA MEN’S BASKETBALL PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH

  1. Charleston (38 first‐place votes) – 362
  2. Towson (2 first‐place votes) – 306
  3. Elon – 297
  4. Hofstra – 236
  5. UNCW – 197
  6. Northeastern – 159
  7. Delaware – 156
  8. William & Mary – 120
  9. Drexel – 102
  10. James Madison – 65

 

2017-18 CAA MEN’S BASKETBALL PRESEASON ALLCONFERENCE TEAMS

 

First Team Cl. Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/High School
Jarrell Brantley, Charleston Jr. F 6‐7 250 Columbia, S.C./Notre Dame Prep
Devontae Cacok, UNCW Jr. F 6‐7 240 Riverdale, Ga./Alpharetta
Joe Chealey, Charleston Sr. G 6‐4 190 Orlando, Fla./Apopka
Tyler Seibring, Elon Jr. F 6‐8 225 Normal, Ill.Normal Community
Justin Wright-Foreman, Hofstra Jr. G 6‐1 185 Queens, N.Y./High School of Construction

 

Second Team Cl. Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/High School
Ryan Daly, Delaware So. G 6‐4 185 Ardmore, Pa./Archbishop Carroll
Byron Dawkins, Elon Sr. F 6‐8 240 Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenny
Rokas Gustys, Hofstra Sr. F/C 6‐9 279 Kaunas, Lithuania/Oak Hill Academy
Kurk Lee, Drexel So. G 5-10 150 Baltimore, Md./St. Frances Academy
Mike Morsell, Towson Sr. G 6‐5 210 Fort Washington, Md./St. John’s College
Grant Riller, Charleston So. G 6‐3 195 Ocoee, Fla./Ocoee

 

CAA Preseason Player of the Year: Joe Chealey, Charleston

 

Honorable Mention: Devon Begley, Sr., G, Northeastern; David Cohn, Sr., G, William & Mary; Nathan Knight, So., F, William & Mary; Jeremy Miller, Jr., F, Northeastern; Deshaun Morman, Sr., G, Towson; Eli Pemberton, So., G, Hofstra; Jordon Talley, Sr., G, UNCW

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