College basketball is right around the corner. Games will be starting before you know it, and practices are just right around the corner.
Here at Roundballchat I will release my top 100 teams for the 2012-13 college basketball season. I will start at 100 and count my way down. I will rank all the 75 programs in the six major conferences, as well as 25 mid majors in my top 100 countdown.
Along with my top 100 countdown I will also feature a ton of previews. Like the top players at each position, All Conference teams, top players by class, top games, previewing the early season tournaments and much more.
Who will put at number 1? Louisville or Indiana or maybe a surprise stay tuned to Roundballchat for the next month to find out.
Coach: Bruiser Flint (11 seasons at Drexel 199-141) Overall 635-291, 16 years
2011-12: Record 29-7 overall, 16-2 in Colonial (1st)
Starters Returning (4) Frantz Massenat, Damion Lee, Derrick Thomas Daryl McCoy
Preseason Tournament: Anaheim Classic
Top Non-Conference Games: vs. Illinoi State, vs. Davidson, vs. St. Joseph’s
The Drexel Dragons won 29 games last season and won the CAA regular season title . However they lost in the CAA conference tournament and missed out on the big dance. Now head coach Bruiser Flint returns 4 starters from last year’s team and all their key reverses. Drexel is looking to make their first NCAA tournament since 1996.
Leading this team will be point guard Frantz Massenat (13.7 ppg). He was the runner up last season for the CAA Player of the Year. Massenat is a very complete player averaging 4.8 assists and shooting 45 % from three. Joining Massenat in the backcourt is Derrick Thomas (8.1 ppg). Thomas is best known for his defensive abilities. At the 3 spot will be Damion Lee (12 ppg). He was the conference top rookie last season. Lee is a player who can do it all inside and out. Once again Chris Fouch (10.8 ppg) will be a lethal sixth man. Fouch is another deadly shooter for the Dragons. Also provided depth here will be Stevan Manojiovic (.3 ppg) , Aquil Younger (.6 ppg) and freshman Tavon Allen.
Leading the way in the frontcourt for the Dragons will be center Daryl McCoy (4.3 ppg). He gives Drexel a big body inside he is known more for his physicality and rebounding ability than scoring ability. Joining McCoy in the frontcourt is power forward Dartaye Ruffin (5.6 ppg). Ruffin was the top option off the bench last season and this year he will be asked to be the scorer in the frontcourt. He shot 50 % from the field last season. Drexel has some depth here but the players are inexperienced. Providing that depth is Goran Pantovic (1.1 ppg), Kazembe Abif (1.5 ppg) and freshman Casey Carroll.