George Mason Picked First, Third in CAA Preseason Basketball Media Poll
Oct. 29, 2003
WASHINGTON - George Mason University's men's basketball team was picked to capture the Colonial Athletic Association men's basketball title in 2004, while the women were selected to finish third, according to a vote of the media during Wednesday's CAA Basketball Media Day at the ESPN Zone in Washington, D.C.
The Patriot men received nine first-place votes and 169 points in the poll, narrowly edging second-place Virginia Commonwealth, which had four first-place votes and 164 points, and two-time defending conference champion UNC Wilmington, which received five-first place votes and 163 points. Delaware picked up one first-place vote and was fourth in the balloting, followed by Drexel, Old Dominion, Hofstra, James Madison, William & Mary and Towson.
George Mason returns three starters from last season's 16-12 squad, led by senior guard Mark Davis (Springfield, VA/R.E. Lee/Palm Beach CC), who averaged 15.5 ppg and earned second-team All-CAA honors a year ago. Davis, a preseason first-team All-CAA selection by the 10 league head coaches and a preseason honoree to CollegeInsider.com's Mid-Major all-America team, was also named to the media's preseason All-CAA first team Wednesday. Joining Davis on the first team was CAA Preseason Player of the Year candidate senior forward Adam Hess of William & Mary, junior forward Kenny Adeleke of Hofstra, senior guard Mike Ames of Delaware and senior guard Domonic Jones of Virginia Commonwealth.
The Green and Gold women were tabbed third in their respective poll, while the Old Dominion Lady Monarchs, winners of 12 straight CAA titles, were selected the preseason favorite to claim the 2004 CAA Championship after receiving nine of 10 first-place votes and a total of 99 points in the poll. UNC Wilmington, which received the other first-place vote, was picked second. Delaware, James Madison, Virginia Commonwealth and Hofstra followed Mason in the list. Rounding out the poll was Drexel, William & Mary and Towson.
Mason returns four starters from last season's 14-12 team, led by senior guard Jen Derevjanik (Staten Island, NY/St. Peter's) and senior forward Vernessa Neamo (Forestville, MD/DuVal). Derevjanik, who led Mason with 15.9 ppg and garnered second-team All-CAA honors for the second consecutive year, was named to the preseason All-CAA first team by the media Wednesday and previously by the league's 10 head coaches. Neamo, the Patriots second leading scorer at 13.3 ppg, also earned first-team All-CAA accolades from the media and was a second-team preseason selection in voting conducted by the league head coaches.
Joining Derevjanik and Neamo on the preseason first-team was Old Dominion senior guard/forward Monique Coker, Delaware junior forward Tiara Malcom and the CAA Preseason Player of the Year from UNC Wilmington, senior guard Cherie Lea.
George Mason's men's team tips off its regular season Friday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. against Morehead State, while the women hold court Wednesday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m. against area rival Georgetown. Both teams have one exhibition game at the Patriot Center, beginning with the men versus the One On One All-Stars Thursday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. The Patriot women host the NWBL Elite Team Monday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m.
2003-04 CAA MEN'S BASKETBALL PRESEASON POLL (as voted on by the media) (no. of first-place votes in parentheses) (teams received 10 points for a first-place vote, nine for second, etc.)
1. George Mason (9) 169 2. Virginia Commonwealth (4) 164 3. UNC Wilmington (5) 163 4. Delaware (1) 128 5. Drexel 116 6. Old Dominion 98 7. Hofstra 80 8. James Madison 55 9. William & Mary 43 10. Towson 312003-04 CAA MEN'S BASKETBALL PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS (as voted on by the media)
First Team Adam Hess *, William & Mary, Sr., F; Domonic Jones, Va. Commonwealth, Sr., G; Kenny Adeleke, Hofstra, Jr., F; Mark Davis, George Mason, Sr., G/F; Mike Ames, Delaware, Sr., G
Second Team Mike Slattery, Delaware, Jr., G; Anthony Terrell, UNC Wilmington, Sr., F; Troy Godwin, Va. Commonwealth, Sr., C; John Goldsberry, UNC Wilmington, So., G; Phil Goss, Drexel, Jr., G
2003-04 CAA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PRESEASON POLL (as voted on by the media) (no. of first-place votes in parentheses)
1. Old Dominion (9) 99 2. UNC Wilmington (1) 85 3. George Mason 79 4. Delaware 77 5. James Madison 52 6. Virginia Commonwealth 46 7. Hofstra 39 8. Drexel 33 9. William & Mary 26 10. Towson 142003-04 CAA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS (as voted on by the media)
Second Team Cyndy Wilks, Va. Commonwealth, Sr., G; Shareese Grant, Old Dominion, Jr., G; Corrina Turner, Old Dominion, So., C; Jennifer Kapper, UNC Wilmington, Sr., G; Tracey Morgan, UNC Wilmington, Sr., G; Catherine Scanlon, Drexel, So., G
* - Selected Preseason Player of the Year