Men's Basketball Selected Third in Preseason Poll
Oct. 25, 2005
The preseason voting is in and if the Colonial Athletic Association's head coaches and media members are to be believed, the 2005-06 men's basketball season will be a successful one for the George Mason Patriots.
Mason was selected to finish third in preseason polling conducted in advance of the CAA Media Day. Old Dominion, the defending champion and a nationally-ranked squad (Lindy's Preseason) was selected unanimously to repeat as conference champions. The 2004 CAA Tournament champion Virginia Commonwealth Rams were chosen second with Mason third and Hofstra fourth. Rounding out the top tier were UNC Wilmington in fifth and newcomer Northeastern sixth.
Drexel was selected seventh followed by Delaware, James Madison, Georgia State, Towson and William & Mary.
A pair of Patriots, Jai Lewis and Lamar Butler, were also chosen as preseason All-CAA. The two seniors were selected to the preseason second team. They were both second-team All-CAA last year. Alex Loughton of Old Dominion was chosen as the preseason Player of the Year while Harding Nana of Delaware, Loren Stokes of Hofstra, Nick George of VCU and Jose Juan Barea of Northeastern join him on the preseason All-CAA first team. Barea was a first-team All-America East choice last year and the other four were all first-team All-CAA.
Joining Lewis and Butler on the second team are Antoine Agudio of Hofsta, John Goldsberry of UNC Wilmington and Isaiah Hunter of Old Dominion.