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CAA Preview Capsules

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CAA Preview Capsules

(Listed in predicted order of finish)

1. Northeastern

LAST SEASON: 11-21, 7-9 (5th).

COACH: Bill Coen, 121-127, in eighth season at Northeastern.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: F Scott Eatherton, 6-9, Sr. (15.9 ppg., 10.2 rpg); G David Walker, 6-6, Jr. (11.5 ppg., 3.1 rpg); F Reggie Spencer, 6-7, Sr. (9.2 ppg., 6.6 rpg); G Demetrius Pollard, 6-2, Sr. (8.9 ppg., 1.8 rpg); G T.J. Williams, 6-3, Sr. (6.9 ppg., 2.3 rpg).

NOTABLE: The Huskies return their top six starters and add All-CAA forward Quincy Ford, who missed last season with a back injury. . Scott Eatherton was a preseason All-CAA First Team pick. Eatherton was fourth in the nation with 19 double-doubles last season.

2. Drexel

LAST SEASON: 16-14, 8-8 (4th)

COACH: Bruiser Flint, 228-173, in 14th season at Drexel, 314-245 in 19th overall season.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: F Rodney Williams, 6-7, So. (5.4 ppg., 5.0 rpg); G Major Canady, 6-4, So. (2.1 ppg., 1.7 rpg); G Damion Lee, 6-6, Jr. (17.1 ppg., 5.1 rpg); F Tavon Allen, 6-7, Jr. (11.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg).

NOTABLE: Damion Lee was a 2013-14 All-CAA Second Team. Lee missed all but five games last season with an injured knee. Lee was named preseason All-CAA First Team. Rodney Williams led all CAA freshmen in rebounding last year.

3. William & Mary

LAST SEASON:20-12, 10-6 (3rd).

COACH: Tony Shaver, 136-201, in 12th season at William & Mary, 494-322 in 28th season overall.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: G Marcus Thornton, 6-4, Sr. (18.7 ppg., 2.3 rpg); G/F Terry Tarpey, 6-5, Jr. (5.4 ppg., 6.1 rpg); G Omar Prewitt, 6-6, So. (11.4 ppg., 4.6 rpg); G Daniel Dixon, 6-5, So. (3.5 ppg., 1.6 rpg).

NOTABLE: Marcus Thornton was voted the preseason CAA Player of the Year and was an All-CAA First Team pick last season. . Thornton led the CAA with 93 three-pointers last season. The Tribe led the CAA in field goal percentage at 47.6 percent.

4. Hofstra

LAST SEASON: 10-23, 5-11 (8th)

COACH: Joe Mihalich, 10-23, in second season at Hofstra, 274-226 in 16th season overall.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: G Dion Nesmith, 6-0, Sr. (13.3 ppg., 2.6 rpg); G/F Jamall Robinson, 6-5, So. (9.5 ppg., 4.2 rpg); F Moussa Kone, Sr. (7.1 ppg., 5.9 rpg).

NOTABLE: The Pride, which finished next to last in the CAA last year, was picked to finish third in the preseason CAA poll. . That's mostly behind because the Pride added three quality transfers in Juan'ya Green (Niagara), Ameen Tanksley (Niagara) and Brian Bernardi (SMU).

5. College of Charleston

LAST SEASON: 14-18, 6-10 (6th)

COACH: Earl Grant begins first season at College of Charleston.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: G Anthony Stitt, 6-1, Sr. (10.0 ppg., 2.9 rpg); C Adjehi Baru, 6-9, Sr., (9.0 ppg., 7.5 rpg); G Canyon Barry, 6-6, So. (9.3 ppg., 2.4 rpg); G Joe Chealey, 6-3, So. (6.9 ppg., 2.0 rpg).

NOTABLE: Adejhi Baru named preseason All-CAA Second Team and Canyon Barry was named to All-CAA Rookie Team a year ago. . The Cougars were among the best rebounding teams in the country, with a rebound margin of +5.5, which ranked 20th last season. ... The Cougars had the 27th-ranked scoring defense in the nation, giving up 62.7 points a game.

6. James Madison

LAST SEASON: 11-20, 6-10 (7th).

COACH: Matt Brady, 99-102, in eighth season at James Madison, 172-152 in 12th season overall.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: G Andre Nation, 6-5, Jr. (15.4 ppg., 5.3 rpg); G Ron Curry, 6-4, Jr. (12.1 ppg., 3.6 rpg); G Jackson Kent, 6-7, So. (5.9 ppg., 2.5 rpg); F Tom Vodanovich, 6-8, (4.1 ppg. 4.1 rpg).

NOTABLE: Andre Nation was suspended last season for 15 games and starts this season suspended as well. Nation is one of the most dynamic players in the CAA and was good enough to earn All-CAA Third Team honors last year and preseason All-CAA First Team last month. ... The Dukes do not have a single senior on their roster this season.

7. Towson

LAST SEASON: 25-11, 13-2 (2nd).

COACH: Pat Skerry, 44-55, in fourth season at Towson, 68-80 in sixth season overall.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: F Timajh Parker-Rivera, 6-7, Jr. (6.2 ppg., 5.2 rpg); G Four McGlynn, 6-2 Jr. (9.2 ppg., 1.5 rpg); F John Davis, 6-5, So. (3.2 ppg., 2.8 rpg).

NOTABLE: The Tigers lost four starters from last year's team, including CAA Player of the Year Jerrelle Benimon and Rafriel Guthrie (All-CAA Third Team) and Marcus Damas (All-CAA Third Team). . Pat Skerry welcomes two transfers in A.J. Astroth (Vanderbilt) and Alex Gavrilovic (Dayton).

8. Delaware

LAST SEASON: 25-10, 14-2 (1st).

COACH: Monte Ross, 90-131, in seven seasons at Delaware.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: G Kyle Anderson, 6-3, Sr. (11.0 ppg., 3.7 rpg); F Marvin King-Davis, 6-7, Jr. (5.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg); F Devonne Pinkard, 6-6, So. (2.4 ppg., 2.2 rpg).

NOTABLE: The Blue Hens lost all five starters, including two first-team All-CAA picks in Devon Sadler and Davon Usher, from last year's squad that won the CAA regular-season and tournament titles. Marvin King-Davis and Devonne Pinkard are the only returning players with any real starting experience.

9. UNC Wilmington

LAST SEASON: 9-23, 3-13 (9th).

COACH: Kevin Keatts begins first season at UNC Wilmington.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: C Cedrick Williams, 6-9, Sr. (11.5 ppg., 6.6 rpg); G Addison Spruill, 6-4, Sr. (9.3 ppg., 3.5 rpg); G Freddie Jackson, 6-4, Sr. (7.3 ppg., 2.8 rpg). G Craig Ponder, 6-1, Jr. (4.4 ppg., 1.7 rpg).

NOTABLE: The Seahawks begin their first season under new head coach Kevin Keatts, who was an assistant under Rick Pitino at Louisville. . Cedrick Williams a preseason All-CAA Second Team selection. . Williams was ranked in the top 10 in the CAA last season in scoring (11.5 ppg.), rebounding (6.6 rpg), field goal percentage (49.5 pct.) and blocks (1.4 bpg).

10. Elon

LAST SEASON: 18-14, 11-5 in SoCon.

COACH: Matt Matheny, 77-82, in sixth season at Elon.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: G Tanner Samson, 6-4, Jr. (9.4 ppg., 3.6 rpg); G Austin Hamilton, 5-10, Sr. (6.2 ppg., 1.8 rpg); G Kevin Blake, 6-3, Sr. (4.7 ppg., 2.2 rpg); F Ryan Winters, 6-7, Sr. (3.0 ppg., 1.5 rpg).

NOTABLE: The Phoenix begin their first season in the CAA after playing 11 seasons in the Southern Conference.. Tanner Samson led Elon with 79 3-pointers and shot 43.4 percent from long range. Austin Hamilton had twice as many assists (79) as turnovers (39).

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