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Hofstra men's basketball picked to finish fifth in CAA

Hofstra guard Jalen Ray advances the ball during

Hofstra guard Jalen Ray advances the ball during the second half of a game on Feb. 27, 2020. Credit: Lee S. Weissman/Lee S. Weissman

Hofstra was picked to finish fifth in the Colonial Athletic Association preseason men's basketball poll, announced Thursday as the conference held its media day

The Pride finished with 211 points and one first-place vote. Delaware was picked to win the CAA with 19 first-place votes.

This will be Hofstra's first season with new head coach Speedy Claxton, a former star guard for the Pride who was hired in April. Claxton had been on the coaching staff before being elevated to head coach. Former head coach Joe Mihalich took a medical leave last season and transitioned to a new administrative position in the athletic department in March. Mike Farrelly, a top Mihalich assistant, served as acting coach last season as the Pride went 13-10. Their season ended with a CAA Tournament loss to Elon.

Graduate student Jalen Ray, a guard, returns this season and he was named to the preseason All-CAA first team. Ray led Hofstra in scoring (19.3 points per game), three-pointers (64) and steals (39) last season, earning him a spot on the All-CAA first team.

Redshirt sophomore Kvonn Cramer was named to the preseason All-CAA honorable mention team. Cramer, a forward, averaged 8.9 points and 6.7 rebounds last season, making 14 starts. Cramer was named to the All-CAA rookie team last season.

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