Drexel, Delaware picked atop Colonial Athletic Association preseason poll

Expectations are high for Bruiser Flint and Drexel this season. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)

It came as no surprise that Drexel was picked first in the Colonial Athletic Association men's basketball preseason poll.

I'm not sure it was quite as expected, though, that Delaware came in second.

But there stand Monté Ross' Blue Hens, right behind the Dragons in the rankings. Both teams also have two players each on the all-CAA preseason first team.

Here are the complete preseason poll results, along with the conference preseason teams:

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

Preseason Player of the Year: Frantz Massenat, Drexel

First Team 

F Jamelle Hagins, Delaware
F Keith Rendleman, UNC-Wilmington
G Damion Lee, Drexel
G Jonathan Lee, Northeastern
G Frantz Massenat, Drexel
G Devon Saddler, Delaware 

Second Team

G A.J. Davis, James Madison
F/G Quincy Ford, Northeastern
G Marcus Thornton, William & Mary
G Devonta White, Georgia State
G Sherrod Wright, George Mason 

Honorable Mention

C DeShawn Painter, Old Dominion
F Nick Wright Old Dominion
G Chris Fouch, Drexel
G Joel Smith, Northeastern
G Jarvis Threatt Delaware

On the women's side, Delaware was picked first, and star senior Elena Delle Donne was picked as the preseason player of the year. Drexek was picked to finish fourth, and guard Hollie Mershon (Malvern, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) was named to the all-conference first team.