November 11, 2020 –
Richmond Men’s Preseason Favorite, VCU Women’s Preseason Selection
The Atlantic 10 announced the preseason polls and awards for the 2020-21 season early this week.
The Richmond Spiders were named as the men’s preseason favorite getting 380 points and 19 first place votes. The Bilikens of Saint Louis had 364 points and 7 top-spot selections to finish in second place. Last year’s regular season champion the Dayton Flyers were selected for third place garnering 318 points and 2 first place votes.
Locally, the Saint Joseph’s Hawks and La Salle Explorers finished placing 12th and 13th. Saint Joe’s totaled 85 points while La Salle got 80. Only Ryan Daly got a preseason award getting a place on the All-Conference Second Team.
The placings are as follows: 1. Richmond 2. Saint Louis 3. Dayton 4. St. Bonaventure 5. Duquesne 6. Rhode Island 7. Davidson 8. Massachusetts 9. VCU 10. George Mason 11. George Washinton 12. Saint Joseph’s 13. La Salle 14. Fordham
The preseason favorite for women’s basketball is the VCU Rams who got 185 points, 10 first place votes. Dayton was second getting 176 points, 2 top-spot selections. Third place went to Saint Louis who had 171 points and a first-place vote. Duquesne got a first-place vote and tied for fourth place tied at 140 points with Davidson and Fordham.
The La Salle Explorers got the 10th spot with 70 points while Saint Joseph’s was 13th totaling 41 points.
Claire Jacobs was the only local player getting a preseason award as a Second Team All-Conference selection.
The final order in the preseason poll was; 1. VCU 2. Dayton 3. Saint Louis 4. Tied between Davidson, Duquesne, and Fordham 7. Massachusetts 8. Richmond 9. George Washington 10. La Salle 11. Rhode Island 12. St. Bonaventure 13. Saint Joseph’s 14. George Mason
Written By: Glenn Papazian