Drexel picked sixth in CAA poll

Drexel was picked to finish sixth in the Colonial Athletic Association in a vote of coaches, sports information directors and media announced at the league’s annual media day in Arlington, Va.

Old Dominion, which returns four starters from last year’s CAA championship team that went 27-9, is favored to repeat.

The Monarchs were followed in the voting by George Mason, VCU, James Madison and Hofstra. Picked sixth was Drexel, followed by Northeastern, William and Mary, Delaware, Towson, Georgia State and UNC Wilmington.

Hofstra guard Charles Jenkins, last season’s CAA Player of the Year, was selected as preseason player of the year. Jenkins was one of five players in Division I to average at least 20 points (20.6 ppg), four rebounds (4.5 rpg) and three assists (3.9 apg) per game last season.

Drexel did not have a player chosen to either the first or second team in the preseason poll. Sophomore guard Chris Fouch was named honorable mention.

The Drexel women also were picked to finish sixth. Junior guard Kamile Nacickaite was named honorable mention to the preseason all-conference team.

James Madison, which returns four starters from a team that went 26-7, was chosen to repeat as the women’s champion.

1. Old Dominion
2. George Mason
3. VCU
4. James Madison
5. Hofstra
6. Drexel
7. Northeastern
8. William & Mary
9. Delaware
10. Towson
11. Georgia State
12. UNC Wilmington

1. James Madison
2. Old Dominion
3. Delaware
4. Hofstra
5. VCU
6. Drexel
7. William & Mary
8. UNC Wilmington
9. Georgia State
10. George Mason
11. Towson
12. Northeastern
Voting by coaches, sports information directors and media.