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Jack Williams, D1CoachCorner.com 6:00am August 08, 2016

Lehigh was picked to finish first in the Patriot league last season. But something went wrong early on in the season that caused them to get off to a slow start. Boston University and Bucknell are in the best position to challenge Lehigh for the top spot this coming season. Here is a look at what we project the Patriot league to look like in 2016-2017:

1. Lehigh Basketball

Coach: Brett Reed

Off Roster:
Graduated: Devon Carter, Jesse Chuku and Justin Goldsborough
Transferred: Tyler Jenkins (Bellarmine)

On Roster:
Key player(s) possibly returning: Kahron Ross (PG), Austin Price (PG), Tim Kempton (C), Kyle Leufroy (SG) and John Ross Glover (SF)
Key Freshmen: Pat Andree (PF), Jordan Cohen (PG), and Jack Lieb (PG)

Lehigh was picked to finish at the top of the Patriot League in 2015-2016, but for some odd reason the team got off to a very slow start. Eventually the team picked up the pace and had made it all the way to the Patriot League Tournament Championship game. Lehigh has the majority of its core players returning from the 2015-2016 season, which includes one of the best point guards in the country in Kahron Ross. He averaged 11.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game last season. If there were to be any concerns about Lehigh it would be Depth.

NCAA Basketball 2015-2016 Record: 17-15 (13-5) No Appearance
NCAA Basketball Projected Conference Wins 2016-2017: 14+

2. Boston University Basketball

Coach: Joe Jones

Off Roster:
Graduated: John Papale and Nathan Dieudonne

On Roster:
Key player(s) possibly returning: Cheddi Mosely (SG), Eric Fanning (PF), Kyle Foreman (PG), Justin Alston (C), Nick Havener (PF), Blaise Mbargorba (C), Dylan Haines (C), Kamali Chambers (PG), and Eric Johnson (PG)
Key Freshmen: Destin Barnes (SG), Tyler Scanlon (SF), and Max Mahoney (PF)

Forward/Center Justin Alston should be healthy and ready to go this coming season. Alston suffered from an injury to the foot early on in the season. He averaged 8.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game prior to sitting out. He’ll more than likely join top scorers Cheddi Mosely and Eric Fanning in the starting lineup. With him back, Boston University should be very competitive in the Patriot League.

NCAA Basketball 2015-2016 Record: 19-15 (11-7) CIT 2nd round exit
NCAA Basketball Projected Conference Wins 2016-2017: 13+

3. Bucknell Basketball

Coach: Nathan Davis

Off Roster:
Graduated: Matt O'Reilly, Ryan Frazier, Chris Hass, and Dom Hoffman

On Roster:
Key player(s) possibly returning: Zach Thomas (SF), Nana Foulland (PF), Stephen Brown (PG), Nate Jones (SG), D.J. MacLeay (PF), John Azzinaro (PG), Kimbal Mackenzie (PG), Matt O'Reilly (SG), Ben Oberfeld (C) and Nate Sestina ( C)
Key Freshmen: Avi Toomer (SG), Ben Robertson( SF), and Bruce Moore, Jr.(SF)

Bucknell will get back three (3) starters from their successful 2015-2016 season in Zach Thomas, Nana Foulland and Stephen Brown. Bucknell was one of the top scoring teams in the nation last season. The team averaged 79.0 points per game but yet allowed their opponents to score on average 73.0 points per game. Bucknell will have to get better defensively if they would like to take the top spot in the patriot league.

NCAA Basketball 2015-2016 Record: 17-14 (14-4) NIT First Round Exit
NCAA Basketball Projected Conference Wins 2016-2017: 12-

4. Holy Cross Basketball

Coach: Bill Carmody

Off Roster:
Graduated: Isaiah Baker, Eric Green, and Cullen Hamilton

On Roster:
Key player(s) possibly returning: Karl Charles (SG), Malachi Alexander (PF), Anthony Thompson (PG), Matt Husek (C), Robert Champion (SF), Matt Zignorski (PG), Jehyve Floyd (SF), Patrick 'Pat' Benzan (PG) and Marcellis Perkins (SG)
Key Freshmen: Jack Stevens (PF), Tyrone Cohen, Jr. (SG), and Clayton Le Sann (SG)

Holy Cross is returning several of their core starters. Hopefully, they will find a way to put more points on the boards. This team averaged only 64.8 points per game last season. They are going to have to do better than that to move up in the standings. They’ve also added height to the team in an attempt to solve their rebounding problems. Holy Cross was ranked 342nd in total rebounds per game last season.

NCAA Basketball 2015-2016 Record: 14-19 (5-13) No Appearance
NCAA Basketball Projected Conference Wins 2016-2017: 10-

5. Colgate Basketball

Coach: Matt Langel

Off Roster:
Graduated: Alex Ramon and Austin Tillotson

On Roster:
Key player(s) possibly returning: Jordan Swopshire (SF), Tom Rivard (SF), Sean O'Brien (PG), Malcolm Regisford (PF), Francisco Amiel (SG), Dana Batt (C), Dave Krmpotich (SF), Jordan Robertson (SG), and David Favorite (SG)
Key Freshmen: Will Rayman (SF)

Colgate will get several of their core players back. That includes two (2) of their top three (3) scores in Jordan Swopshire and Tom Rivard. If this team could find a way to put more points on the boards they may find themselves on the winning side by the end of the 2016-2017 season.

NCAA Basketball 2015-2016 Record: 13-17 (9-9) No Appearance
NCAA Basketball Projected Conference Wins 2016-2017: 9-

6. Lafayette Basketball

Coach: Fran O'Hanlon

Off Roster:
Graduated: Ben Freeland, Billy Murphy, Nathaniel Musters, Zach Rufer, and Bryce Scott
Transferred: Tyler Barlow

On Roster:
Key player(s) possibly returning: Nick Lindner (PG), Matthew Klinewski (PF), Monty Boykins (SG), Paulius Zalys (SF), Eric Stafford (SF), and Auston Evans (SF)
Key Freshmen: Sam Dunkum (C), Hunter Janacek (SG), Kyle Stout (SF), and Myles Cherry (PF)

Lafayette will get back two (2) of its top three (3) scorers in Nick Lindner (PG) and Matthew Klinewski (PF). Lafayette has also added several new faces to the roster. Hopefully with their new additions Lafayette will get better defensively and in rebounds.

NCAA Basketball 2015-2016 Record: 6-24 (3-15) No Appearance
NCAA Basketball Projected Conference Wins 2016-2017: 8-

7. American Basketball

Coach: Mike Brennan

Off Roster:
Graduated: Jesse Reed and Marko Vasic

On Roster:
Key player(s) possibly returning: Delante Jones (SG), James Washington (SG), Paris Maragkos (PF), Charlie Jones (SG), Andrija Matic (PF), Lonnie Rivera (SG), Jalen Rhea (SG), Leon Tolksdorf (SF)
Key Transfer(s): Larry Motuzis (St. Xavier, SG)
Key Freshmen: Sa'eed Nelson (PG) and Mark Gasperini (PF)

American had problems in several categories last season. There was very little ball movement, very little scoring and a lack of rebounding. American only put up an average 57.6 points per game last season. The addition of division III transfer Larry Motuzis should help a bit in the scoring category- but it may not be enough. The 2016-2017 season could look similar to the 2015-2016 season for this team.

NCAA Basketball 2015-2016 Record: 12-19 (9-9) No Apearance
NCAA Basketball Projected Conference Wins 2016-2017: 8-

8. Navy Basketball

Coach: Ed DeChellis

Off Roster:
Graduated: Tilman Dunbar, Will Kelly, and Kendall Knorr
Transferred: Jace Hogan

On Roster:
Key player(s) possibly returning: Shawn Anderson (SG), Tom Lacey (PF), Zach Fong (PG), James Hemphill (SF), Edward Alade (PF), Nourse Fox (PG), Bryce Dulin (SG), Tim Abruzzo (SG), and Ryan Pearson (PG)
Key New Comers: Hasan Abdullah (PG), Taj Middleton (SG), Matt Cullen ( SG), George Kiernan (PF), Will Lienhard (PF), Drew Trimble (PF), Oliver Smith (C) and others…

The Navy will get back their top scorer in Shawn Anderson. However, they will lose two (2) of their top three (3) scorers to graduation. Can this team continue to defend like they did the previous season? That’s the question.

NCAA Basketball 2015-2016 Record: 19-14 (9-9) No Apearance
NCAA Basketball Projected Conference Wins 2016-2017: 5+

9. Loyola (MD) Basketball

Coach: Nathan Davis

Off Roster:
Graduated: Tyler Hubbard, Jarred Jones, Eric Laster, and Franz Rassman

On Roster:
Key player(s) possibly returning: Andre Walker (SG), Chancellor Barnard (SG), Cam Gregory (PF), James Fives (SF), Nevell Provo (PG), Nick Gorski (PF), and Matt Staubi (PG)
Key Freshmen: Chuck Champion (PG), Austin Harriot (SG), Andrew Kostecka (SG),
Ian Langendoerfer (SF) and KaVaughn Scott (SF)

Loyola ((MD) will get their top scorer back in Andre Walker. However, the bulk of their starting five (5) has departed. The team has added several freshmen to the roster but there doesn’t appear to be any major additions added to give them a chance at the top spot.

NCAA Basketball 2015-2016 Record: 9-21 (8-10) No Appearance
NCAA Basketball Projected Conference Wins 2016-2017: 5-

10. Army Basketball

Coach: Jimmy Allen

Off Roster:
Graduated: Dylan Cox, Kevin Ferguson, Maxwell Lenox, Tanner Plomb, Travis Rollo, Larry Toomey, and Kyle Wilson

On Roster:
Key player(s) possibly returning: Kennedy Edwards (SF), Luke Morrison (PF), and Scott Mammel (PG)
Key New Comers: Will Culliton (SG), Dylan Hamlin (C), Kevin Olsen (PG), Will Culliton (SG), Gunther Klimes (SF), John Miller (PF) , and Dylan Hamlin (C) and others…

The Army has a new coach and several new players. This team is definitely in rebuild mode. Most of the time rebuilding can equal to several loses.

NCAA Basketball 2015-2016 Record: 19-14 (9-9) CIT 1st round exit
NCAA Basketball Projected Conference Wins 2016-2017: 5-


*This projection is the sole view of d1coachcorner.com and should be seen as for entertainment purposes only. As for stats, all stats were taken from NCAA statistics via ncaa.com and the from the National Junior College Athletic Association statistic via NJCAA.com.

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