Monarchs Picked Sixth By Media
Oct. 29, 2003
WASHINGTON, D.C. - George Mason University was picked to capture the Colonial Athletic Association men's basketball title in 2004 according to a vote of the media during Wednesday's CAA Basketball Media Day at the ESPN Zone in Washington, D.C.
The Patriots 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 who averaged 15.5 ppg and earned 2nd-team All-CAA honors a year ago. Providing additional firepower for the Patriots will be junior transfer guard Terry Reynolds, who averaged 13.3 ppg in two seasons at Toledo. Three starters are also back at VCU, which posted an 18-10 overall mark in 2002-03. Leading the Rams will be senior guard Domonic Jones, who contributed 12.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists last season, and senior center Troy Godwin, who tallied 9.3 ppg and 8.2 rpg in his first year at VCU. UNCW welcomes back a pair of starters from its 24-7 squad last season. Senior forward Anthony Terrell averaged 7.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game, while sophomore point guard John Goldsberry dished out a school freshman record 105 assists and led the conference in assist/turnover ratio.
William & Mary senior forward Adam Hess was selected as the CAA Pre-Season Player of the Year. Hess, who is the only returning member of the 2002-03 All-CAA first team, was second in the league in scoring (20.1 ppg) and 11th in rebounds (6.3 rpg) last season. Joining Hess on the pre-season All-CAA first team were junior forward Kenny Adeleke of Hofstra, senior guard Mike Ames of Delaware, Jones of VCU and Davis of GMU. Adeleke tallied 16.1 ppg and led the league with 11.0 rebounds per game to earn 2nd-team All-CAA honors last year, while Ames scored 14.9 ppg and drained a team-high 73 three-pointers.
Named to the pre-season All-CAA second team were junior guard Mike Slattery of Delaware, junior guard Phil Goss of Drexel, Terrell of UNCW, Godwin of VCU and Goldsberry of UNCW.
The 2003-04 CAA men's basketball season tips off on Tuesday, November 18 as Hofstra faces Marist in the opening round of the Preseason NIT.
2003-04 CAA MEN'S BASKETBALL PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH(as voted on by the media)
1. George Mason (9 first-place votes) 169 2. Virginia Commonwealth (4 first-place votes) 164 3. UNC Wilmington (5 first-place votes) 163 4. Delaware (1 first-place vote) 128 5. Drexel 116 6. Old Dominion 98 7. Hofstra 80 8. James Madison 55 9. William & Mary 43 10. Towson 31
(Teams received 10 points for a first-place vote, nine for second, etc.)
2003-04 CAA MEN'S BASKETBALL PRE-SEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS(as voted on by the media) First Team Adam Hess, William & Mary Domonic Jones, Va. Commonwealth Kenny Adeleke, Hofstra Mark Davis, George Mason Mike Ames, Delaware
Second Team Mike Slattery, Delaware Anthony Terrell, UNC Wilmington Troy Godwin, Va. Commonwealth John Goldsberry, UNC Wilmington Phil Goss, Drexel