Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Saint Joseph's men's basketball team picked to finish first in Atlantic 10

After a few tumultuous years for Phil Martelli, the spotlight is now officially shining on Hawk Hill again.

Saint Joseph's men's basketball team picked to finish first in Atlantic 10

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Saint Joseph´s coach Phil Martelli returns his entire team from last season. (Steven M. Falk/Staff file photo)
Saint Joseph's coach Phil Martelli returns his entire team from last season. (Steven M. Falk/Staff file photo)

After a few tumultuous years for Phil Martelli, the spotlight is now officially shining on Hawk Hill again.

Saint Joseph's has been picked to finish first in the Atlantic 10 this season, according to the preseason poll of coaches and media. The results were released Thursday morning during the conference's Media Day at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Temple was picked to finish fourth, and La Salle was picked to finish seventh.

Here's the complete preseason poll ranking.

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1. Saint Joseph's
2. Saint Louis
3. Virginia Commonwealth
4. Temple
5. Massachusetts
6. Butler
7. La Salle
8. Dayton
9. Xavier
10. Richmond
11. Saint Bonaventure
12. Charlotte
13. George Washington
14. Fordham
15. Rhode Island
16. Duquesne

The preseason all-conference teams have quite a bit of local flavor, headlined by Temple's Khalif Wyatt making the first team. Here's the list of honorees:

First Team

Kevin Dillard, Dayton
Chris Gaston, Fordham
Chaz Williams, Massachusetts
Kwamain Mitchell, Saint Louis
Khalif Wyatt, Temple

Second Team

Rotnei Clarke, Butler
Chris Braswell, Charlotte
Ramon Galloway, La Salle
Langston Galloway, Saint Joseph's
Carl Jones, Saint Joseph's

Third Team

Darien Brothers, Richmond
C.J. Aiken, Saint Joseph's
Halil Kanacevic, Saint Joseph's
Scootie Randall, Temple

Juvonte Reddic, Virginia Commonwealth

All-Defensive Team

Roosevelt Jones, Butler
Pierria Henry, Charlotte
C.J. Aiken, Saint Joseph's
Jordair Jett, Saint Louis
Briante Weber, Virginia Commonwealth

All-Rookie Team

Kellen Dunham, Butler
Jordan Hare, Rhode Island
Daniel Dingle, Temple
Melvin Johnson, Virginia Commonwealth
Semaj Christon, Xavier

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