With CAA Media Day underway, there have already been a bevy of announcements. Among the list a preseason awards and nominations, Player of the Year, and Preseason First and Second Teams have been announced.
The conference announced the preseason All-Conference First Team Tuesday morning, without really having any surprises or big snubs. Of the six players named, three are seniors, two are juniors and one is a sophomore. The honorees include Delaware 6-9 F Jamelle Hagins, a 2011-2012 All-CAA 2nd Team selection, Drexel’s own sophomore standout Damion Lee, a 2011-2012 All-CAA Rookie Team selection, 6-2 G Jonathon Lee of Northeastern, a 2011-2012 All-CAA 3rd Team selection, another Drexel G, Frantz Messanat, who along with UNCW F Keith Rendleman, were both named to last year’s postseason All-CAA 1st team as well as this year’s preseason team, and finally Hagins’ running mate at Delaware, 6-2 G, Devon Saddler. As you can see, Drexel and Delaware are the only two school’s with two first team selections, revealing how dominate the media expects those two teams to be.
Coming in on the Second Team, we have James Madison’s 6-6 G A.J. Davis, along with Northeastern’s hybrid G/F Quincy Ford and William & Mary’s G Marcus Thornton, both 2011-2012 All-Rookie Team selections. The Second team also includes Georgia State junior G Devonta White and George Mason’s 6-4 junior G Sherrod Wright.
Honorable Mentions for the teams, essentially the All-CAA Preseason 3rd Team, are, Chris Fouch, Sr., G, Drexel; DeShawn Painter, Sr., C, Old Dominion; Joel Smith, Sr., G, Northeastern; Jarvis Threatt, So., G, Delaware; and Nick Wright, Sr., F, Old Dominion.
Most notably, Massenat has been named the 2012-2013 CAA Preseason Player of the Year. Last year, while leading Drexel to a 29-7 record, Massenat earned first-team All-CAA honors in 2012 while scoring a team-high 13.7 points and leading the league in assists, at 4.8 assists, per game.
Stay tuned for more of the CAA Media Day news.
Jake Fischer is the CAA Correspondent for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @fischsportsline.