The CAA doesn’t expect much from Hofstra this season. The Pride was picked to finish seventh in the CAA in a vote among league’s coaches, media relations directors and media members. In addition, not one member of the Pride was selected to a CAA preseason all-conference team.
Drexel, with four starters back from a squad that won 29 games, was picked to finish first, followed by Delaware, George Mason, Old Dominion, Northeastern, James Madison and Hofstra. Georgia State, William & Mary, Towson and UNC Wilmington round out the 11 schools.
Drexel junior guard Frantz Massenat was picked as preseason player of the year.
The CAA is in a bit of a transition stage as only seven of its 11 teams are eligible to participate in the conference tournament. Old Dominion (C-USA) and Georgia State (Sun Belt), who are leaving the CAA after this season, are barred from the tournament, while Towson and UNC Wilmington are prohibited from participating due to low APR scores.
Could Hofstra be a surprise squad this season? It's certainly a possibility. The Pride returns several experienced players from last season, including David Imes, Stevie Mejia, Stephen Nwaukoni and Moussa Kone. The addition of transfer students Jamal Coombs-McDaniel and Taran Buie will help in a big way. Coombs-McDaniel and Buie have been suspended for two games, but both will be eligible for conference play.
What could prove to be the make-or-break scenario for the Pride is the status of transfer players Daquan Brown (Fresno State) and Shaquille Stokes (Hawaii). If both are granted an NCAA waiver to play immediately, the Pride will certainly be a tough out.
CAA PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
3. George Mason
4. Old Dominion
6. James Madison
8. Georgia State
9. William & Mary
HOFSTRA ON TV. Hoftstra men’s basketball will make five television appearances during the regular season.
The Pride will make two appearances on NBC Sports Network, beginning January 19 at George Mason. The second game of the NBC package will be another road game at Drexel on February 18.
MSG will broadcast Hofstra’s game against William & Mary on February 2 at the Mack Sports Complex and its February 9 home contest versus UNC Wilmington. SNY will televise the Pride’s road game against Old Dominion on February 24.