The Drexel Dragons had a breakout season last year winning their first regular season CAA championship. As expected, with four returning starters, Drexel was picked to win this year’s CAA title at the 2012 CAA Basketball Media Day this morning.
Drexel was chosen to win the conference by a poll composed of votes from the league’s coaches, media relations director and media members. Rounding out the top five teams this year was Delaware, George Mason, Old Dominion and Northeastern.
Last year was a record-setting season for the Dragons. They set a school record for wins with 29 and made it to the quarterfinals of the NIT. Frantz Massenat leads the team fresh off his outstanding 2011-12 campaign where he led the team in scoring (13.7) and assists (4.8). He was named to the All-CAA First Team and is a preseason pick to make that team this season. Massenat was also picked to win CAA Player of the Year this season.
Joining Massenat will be reigning CAA Rookie of the Year, Damion Lee, who averaged 12.0 points per game and is also picked to finish on the All-CAA First Team. Seniors Chris Fouch (10.8 ppg) and Derrick Thomas (8.1 ppg) will be crucial to the Dragon’s success. The team will also rely on experience down low with senior forward Daryl McCoy who is the team’s returning leader in rebounds, and junior forward Dartaye Ruffin who brings ruggedness and hustle.
Drexel finished 29-7 overall and 16-2 in the conference including going a perfect 9-0 at home. Head coach James ‘Bruiser’ Flint will make sure his team is ready for the challenge of defending the CAA crown.