By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)
A quartet of New England teams appeared on the initial D3Hoops.com (men’s basketball) Top 25 Preseason Poll, which was posted on Wednesday, November 1st.
Williams College, a squad that appeared in last season’s NCAA Division III semifinals, checked-in third overall, while Whitman and Augustana secured the top two spots, respectively.
The Ephs graduated a pair of seniors from last year’s squad, including Daniel Aronowitz, who led the Purple and Gold with 17.3 points per game. Junior t returns after checking-in second on the team in points per game (12.9) last season.
Tufts University, Babson College and Middlebury College slid into the sixth, seventh and eighth positions, respectively, while Washington University and UW-River Falls rounded out the top 10.
Babson captured their first-ever national title last season, edging Augustana, 79-78, in the title game. Joey Flannery led the Beavers with 23 points, while recording seven assists and six caroms in his final game with the Green and White. Look for contributions this season from seniors Chris Lowry, Nick Comenale and Bradley Jacks.
Tufts bid adieu to some key players from last year’s squad, including Tom Palleschi and Tarik Smith, so look for seniors Vincent Pace and Everett Dayton to step-up this winter in both scoring and rebounding.
Middlebury graduated a quartet of seniors from last year’s squad, which captured the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) crown, including Matt St. Amour, who averaged 21.8 points per game. This season, the player to watch on the Panthers will be senior Jack Daly.
Outside the Top 25, Nichols College, Keene State, Amherst, MIT and Eastern Connecticut all received votes.
Hamilton College, which competes in the NESCAC, also received votes as well. The Continentals finished their 2016-17 campaign 16-9 overall.