Last year, the A-10 media and coaches poll had DU coming in at no. 11. The Red and Blue were 17-13 in 2007-08, 7-9 in league play in a tie for ninth place and were the number 10 seed in the 07-08 event. La Salle (#11) beat DU, 82-79, in the tourney.
After noting the loss of Shawn James and Kojo Mensah to the NBA draft (sort-of), Athlon's reporter stated, "The good news is that even without James and Mensah, energetic coach Ron Everhart knows how to build a winner. Step one is recruiting, and Everhart has flooded the program with younmg talent."
Duquesne's roster breakdown by class:
No. Scholarship Senior 1 1 Junior 2 0 Sophomore 4 3 Freshman 8 8 Transfer 0 1 (soph)
Atlantic 10 Conference
Predicted Order of Finish
1. Xavier 2. Temple 3. Charlotte 4. Dayton 5. Massachusetts 6. Saint Joseph's 7. Richmond 8. La Salle 9. Rhode Island 10. Saint Louis 11. George Washington 12. Duquesne 13. St. Bonaventure 14. Fordham
All Atlantic-10 First Team
|Dionte Christmas (POTY)||Sr.||G||Temple|
|Ahmad Nivins||Sr.||C||Saint Joseph's|
Athlon picks two teams, Temple and Xavier, for the NCAA with Charlotte, Dayton and Massachusetts making the NIT.