GW Men's Basketball Picked 13th in A-10 Preseason Poll
Colonials' Roster Includes Six Newcomers, Seven Returners in Coach Lonergan's Second Season
Oct. 4, 2012
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BROOKLYN, N.Y. - The George Washington men's basketball team has been picked to finish 13th among the 16 teams in the Atlantic 10 Conference in 2012-13 in a preseason poll conducted by the league's head coaches. The poll was announced at the annual A-10 Media Day on Thursday at Barclays Center.
GW, which posted a 10-21 overall record in 2011-12, amassed 112 points for the 13th-place prediction, edging out Fordham (14th, 84 points), Rhode Island (15th, 76) and Duquesne (16th, 68).
Saint Joseph's garnered 434 total points and 11 first-place votes to edge out second-place Saint Louis, which had 10 first-place votes and 432 points. League newcomer VCU was picked third with 410 points and three first-place votes, followed by Temple (394, two first-place votes), Massachusetts (389, two first-place votes) and newcomer Butler (347, two first-place votes). La Salle was picked seventh with 281 points and Dayton tallied 264 points to earn eighth place. Xavier (239), Richmond (235), defending champion St. Bonaventure (170) and Charlotte (145) completed the top 12.
"I like the team we have. We have a group of guys working hard each day to get better individually and as a team. It is exciting to see their growth," said second-year head coach Mike Lonergan. "We have a lot of unknowns coming into this season with five freshmen and one of our leading returners - David Pellom - sidelined for our offseason workouts, tour of Italy and preseason training. Our freshmen are going to have an immediate impact, and Isaiah Armwood is a big addition to our frontcourt. We're looking forward to competing for an A-10 Championship at the beautiful new Barclays Center in March in what will prove to be one of the nation's toughest conferences this season."
GW welcomes back several key lettermen in 2012-13 including Pellom, Lasan Kromah, Dwayne Smith, John Kopriva, Nemanja Mikic and Bryan Bynes. Those returners will be joined by a sextet of newcomers brought in under Coach Lonergan in Villanova-transfer Isaiah Armwood, incoming freshmen and Washington Post All-Met guards Joe McDonald and Kethan Savage, and international prospects Kevin Larsen (Denmark), Paris Maragkos (Greece) and Patricio Garino (Argentina).
GW will face a total of 13 postseason teams from last season between its non-conference and Atlantic 10 schedules in 2012-13, including seven 2012 NCAA Tournament participants in Kansas State, Notre Dame, Saint Louis, St. Bonaventure, Temple, VCU and Xavier. For questions on becoming a season ticket holder, please call the GW Athletics Ticket Office at 202-994-7325 or email Director of Ticket Sales Shelli Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.