FOREST, Va. – The Old Dominion Athletic Conference announced its 2010-11 preseason men's basketball poll at the annual media day held at the Salem Civic Center on Thursday afternoon. Washington and Lee was picked to finish sixth out of the 11 teams in the conference.
Eastern Mennonite tops the ODAC poll after receiving seven first-place votes and 115 points. The Royals are ranked sixth in the preseason Division III poll after posting a 25-5 mark and advancing to the "Elite Eight" of the NCAA Tournament.
Randolph-Macon, ranked second in the preseason national poll, received three first-place votes and 112 points to rank second in the conference poll. The Yellow Jackets went 26-7 last winter en route to advancing to the "Final Four" of the NCAA Tournament.
Virginia Wesleyan ranked third in the ODAC poll and is 10th nationally following a 23-6 record in 2009-10. They totaled 99 points and were followed by Hampden-Sydney, who was picked fourth with one first-place vote and 85 points. Guilford, who also advanced to the NCAA Division III Four Four last season, is picked fifth with 82 points, followed by the Generals with 62 points. Lynchburg (46), Roanoke (39), Randolph (33), Bridgewater (32) and Emory & Henry (21) rounded out the preseason conference rankings.
W&L returns 10 letterwinners and three starters from last season's team that finished 17-10 overall, the program's most wins since 1988-89. The Generals went 8-8 in conference play to earn the sixth seed in the ODAC Tournament, eventually falling to Virginia Wesleyan in the quarterfinals, 85-80. Gone from last season's run are the team's top two scorers, Second Team All-ODAC honoree Ben Goetsch (16.4 ppg, 8.4 rpg) and Zac White (11.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg).
Among the top returnees for the 2010-11 season are senior guard Jason Cimino (Branchburg, N.J./Immaculata), junior guard Jon Guest (West Hartford, Conn./Kingswood-Oxford), sophomore forward J.D. Ey (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) and sophomore guard Jeremy Adkins (Huntington, W.Va./Spring Valley).
The team captain, Cimino started 23 contests a season ago and finished with career-best numbers of 7.0 points, 3.6 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game. Guest played in 23 games with 16 starts and averaged 4.6 points and 1.8 rebounds per outing. Ey played in every game with 19 starts and completed his rookie campaign with averages of 5.9 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Adkins saw action in 23 games with 11 starts and finished with 6.9 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.
Washington and Lee opens its 2010-11 season by hosting Dickinson College on November 15 at 7:00 pm.
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2010-11 ODAC PRESEASON MEN'S BASKETBALL COACHES POLL
1. Eastern Mennonite (7), 115 pts.
2. Randolph-Macon (3), 112 pts.
3. Virginia Wesleyan, 99 pts.
4. Hampden-Sydney (1), 85 pts.
5. Guilford, 82 pts.
6. Washington and Lee, 62 pts.
7. Lynchburg, 46 pts.
8. Roanoke, 39 pts.
9. Randolph, 33 pts.
10. Bridgewater, 32 pts.
11. Emory & henry, 21 pts.