Drexel picked seventh in CAA preseason poll

Drexel men’s basketball team has been picked to finish seventh in the Colonial Athletic Association’s preseason poll it was announced today at the league’s media day in Washington.

The Drexel women’s team has been picked to finish first and 2009 league player of the year Gabriela Marginean was picked as preseason player of the year.

The polls are voted on by league’s coaches, sports information directors and media.

Old Dominion is the pick to win the men’s title. ODU was 25-10 last year and returns all five starters.

Northeastern was picked second and defending champion Virginia Commonwealth third. They are followed by:

 4. George Mason

 5. James Madison

6.  Hofstra

7. Drexel

8. Georgia State

9. Towson

10. William and Mary

11. Delaware

12. UNC Wilmington

ODU center Gerald Lee and Hofstra guard Charles Jenkins were picked co-preseason players of the year.

Drexel’s women won their CAA title last year and are the favorite again. Drexel returns eight letterwinners from last year’s 24-9 team. Marginean averaged 23.3 points and 7.4 rebounds last season for the Dragons.

Here is the women's predicted order of finish:

1. Drexel

2. James Madison

3. ODU

4. Delaware

5. VCU

6. Towson

7. Hofstra

8. UNC Wilmington

9. Willian & Mary

10. Northeastern

11. Georgia State

12. George Mason.

Delaware will welcome former Connecticut recruit Elena Delle Donne, who was highly recruited as a high school player at Ursuline Academy in Wilmington.