Harris, Riley, Vinson Earn Preseason A-10 Accolades
Oct. 22, 2009
AMHERST, Mass. - The Atlantic 10 Conference released its preseason All-Conference teams on Thursday with UMass senior Ricky Harris highlighting the Alll-Conference First Team. Two of head coach Derek Kellogg's freshman class of five, Freddie Riley and Terrell Vinson, were both named to the preseason All-Rookie Team. The A-10's preseason poll was also released with the Minutemen coming in ninth.
The coaches and media selected the preseason All-Conference teams. The first-team is comprised of Harris (18.2 ppg.), the league's leading returning scorer, Temple's Lavoy Allen, Richmond's Kevin Anderson, La Salle's Rodney Green, and Dayton's Chris Wright. The second-team consists of Johnson, Richmond's David Gonzalvez, DiJuan Harris of Charlotte, St. Bonaventure's Andrew Nicholson, the 2009 A-10 Rookie of the Year, and Damian Saunders of Duquesne. On the third-team are Duquesne's Bill Clark, Keith Cothran of Rhode Island, Xavier's Jordan Crawford, Dan Geriot of Richmond and Kwamain Mitchell of Saint Louis.
The preseason All-Defensive team consists of Nicholson, Warren, Garrett Williamson of Saint Joseph's and Xavier teammates Dante' Jackson and Jason Love. The All-Rookie team is comprised of Shamarr Bowden of Charlotte, Chris Gaston of Fordham, La Salle's Aaric Murray and UMass teammates Freddie Riley and Terrell Vinson.
With four starters and 10 of its top 11 scorers returning from last year's 27-8 team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Dayton has been selected as the team to beat in the Atlantic 10 men's basketball race, according to a poll of the Atlantic 10's head coaches and selected media released Thursday during Men's Basketball Media Day.
The 2009-10 season tips off on Nov. 13 with eight contests involving A-10 teams, while league play commences on Jan. 6 as George Washington travels to St. Bonaventure, Duquesne hosts Richmond, Saint Joseph's visits Temple and Massachusetts hosts Fordham.
Beginning in 2010, a new format will be in place for the 34th Annual Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Championship. The top 12 teams will qualify for the Championship and first round games will be hosted on the campuses of teams seeded #5, #6, #7, and #8 on Tuesday, Mar. 9, 2010. The setting then shifts to Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., as the quarterfinals will commence on Friday, Mar. 12. Semifinal action will take place on Saturday, Mar. 13, with the Championship game held on Sunday, Mar. 14, and televised live nationally at 1:00pm on CBS Sports for the first time in A-10 history.
Last season marked the 15th time in Conference history and sixth since 2000 that multiple A-10 teams earned at-large berths to the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. The league received two of just four at-large bids awarded to non-BCS conferences a year ago and over the past two seasons, the A-10 leads all non-BCS conferences with six NCAA berths.
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