Atlantic 10 Preseason - Part A takes a tour around the Atlantic 10 Conference to check out the early schedules and offseason happenings at the league's schools. Part A covers Charlotte, Dayton, Duquesne, Fordham, George Washington, La Salle and Massachusetts.

Atlantic 10 Conference Preseason Notes
Through November 2, 2008

Charlotte (20-14, 9-7)

The 49ers first and only exhibition game is Thursday, November 6, 2008 against Division II Pfeiffer University from Misenheimer, N.C. The Falcons are coached by former 49er assistant coach Dave Davis.

Charlotte 's season opens on Friday, November 14, 2008, against the Southern Conference's UNC, Greensboro (19-12, 12-8 in 07-08).

  • On October 17th, the school announced that freshman shooting guard Shamarr Bowden suffering a fractured right knee cap in team workouts and will miss the entire season.
  • On September 5th, Charlotte announced that that junior guard Michael Gerrity had left the program. The Califgornia native started his collegiate carreer at Pepperdine. Since classes had already started, Gerrity won't transfer until after the fall semester.
  • Labor Day Weekend - Charlotte played three Canadian teams: the University of Toronto, York University and Sheridan College. They won all three.
  • March 29, 2008 - Head coach Booby Lutz signed a five-year extension through the 2012-2013 season.

Dayton (23-11, 8-8)

The Flyers play Division III Capital University from Columbus, Ohio on Thursday, Nov. 6th and Erie, Pa's Gannon University on Tuesday, November 11, 2008. Gannon, a Div. II institution, is number 10 in the National Basketball Coaches Association (NABC) Preseason Top 25.

Dayton opens the season versus Wofford (16-16, 8-12) also a Southern Conference team, on Sunday, Nov. 16. (Note: Both the UNCG and Wofford seasons were ended in the SoCon Tournament by Davidson which went to the NCAA Elite Eight last March.)

  • Last Wednesday, Dayton announced that freshman big forward Josh Benson is scheduled for surgery this week on his dislocated shoulder and will have a three-to-six month rehab program.
  • In April, junior reserve forward Thiago Cordeiro decided to transfer to a Division II school. (School not yet IDed)

Duquesne (17-13, 7-9)

The Dukes opened the preseason with a 93-71 win over Division III Saint Vincent on Saturday. Five players hit double digits: starters Bill Clark (12 points, 5 rebounds), Aaron Jackson (13 pts., 6 rebs., 9 assists) and Damian Saunders (17 pts., 7 rebs., 4 steals, 3 blocks) and freshmen Eric Evans (15 pts, 4 asts, 2 stls) and B.J. Monteiro (11 pts., 3 rebs., 2 blks).

Five Duquesne players saw more than 20 minutes of action: Saunders 32, Jason Duty and Jackson 28, Clark 25 and Monteiro 24.

Freshman Rodrigo Peggau, who is recovering from surgery that prematurely ended his last prep season, played three minutes scoring one point. Fellow frosh Oliver Lewinson was the only eligible player who didn't get on the court; he was in street clothes because of an ankle injury.

Saturday's game was a doubleheader with the women's team. Two more DHs follow, an exhibition against Division II Seton Hill this Sat. and the season opener on Friday, Nov. 14th versus North Carolina's High Point. The Panthers were 17-14 last season, 8-6 in the Big South.

  • October 27, 2008: Bill Barton was promoted to Associate Head Coach. 2007-08 was his first season with the Dukes. Barton had been head coach at Notre Dame Prep (MA) where he had had a 255-66 record in 10 seasons.
  • August 18, 2008: Duquesne announced that guard Phillip Fayne had been diagnosed with adult-onset Still's Disease in early July and was forced to forego his senior season.
  • June 25, 2008: Coach Ron Everhart's contract was extended through the 2013-14 season. The following week, Duquesne extended Director of Athletics Greg Amodio contract through the 2013-14 academic year.
  • June 10, 2008: DU announced that 6-11, 260-pound rising sophomore Morakinyo Williams had transferred from Kentucky. He saw minimal action at UK. A DeMatha Catholic H.S. grad, as is Coach Everhart, played for Great Brittain over the summer.

Fordham (12-17, 6-10)

The Rams have one exhibition game, this Friday, Nov. 7, 2008, against Division II Concordia Colege from Bronxville, N.Y. The schools are less than 10 miles apart.

Fordham opens the season against another New York City school, Columbia. The Lions were 14-15, 7-7 in the Ivy League in 2007-08

Coach Dereck Whittenburg's team will get another player after the fall semester when 6-foot-9, 220 pound redshirt sophomore forward Jacob Green joins the team. Green transferred from West Virginia for the spring 2008 semester at FU. The Washington, D.C. area native saw action in 10 games with the Mountaineers averaging 0.8 points and 2.0 rebounds

George Washington (9-17, 5-11)

The Colonials also have one exhbition game, on Sunday, November 8, 2008 against the University of West Georgia, a Division II program from Carrollton , Ga. and a member of the Gulf South Conference (GSC).

George Washington is on the road for the season opener with Boston University on Sat. Nov. 14th. The Terriers were 14-17, 9-7 in the America East Conference, in 2007-08.

  • July 25, 2008: Announced that senior Jeff Alston, a 5-foot-9, 175 pound guard from nearby Silver Spring, Md. and the former team manager, was added to the roster.
  • Thursday, GW unveiled an updated and larger George Washington mascot at the season tip-off. Photo of new and old GWs
  • On May 7, 2008, Coach Karl Hobbs announjced that junior forward Cheyenne Moore and freshman guard Miles Beatty had been dismissed from the team. Last season, Moore, a Clemson transfer, averaged 5.8 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 23 games. Beatty averaged 4.8 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 14 games in 07-08. Moore is now at Georgetown College in Kentucky, an NAIA program. Beatty detoured to a JUCO, Blinn College in Brenham, Texas.

La Salle (15-17, 8-8)

The Explorers will host Division II Philadelphia University, located in West Philly, on Sunday, November 8, 2008. The Rams were 22-12 last season. (Phila. U was formerly known as Philadelphia Textile. Former president James P. (Jim) Gallagher is a Duquesne alum and, at one point, was the top candidate to take over as Duquesne's president. He didn't, Charlie Dougherty did. Gallagher retired last year. The Rams home court is the Gallagher Athletic, Recreation and Convocation Center. )

La Salle hosts Morgan State on Sunday, November 15th in the home and season opener. The Bears, from Baltimore, Md., are the preseason pick to win the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. MSU was 22-11, 12-1 in the MEAC last season.

  • Junior big forward Vernon Goodridge is eligible this season after transferring from Mississippi State in May 2007. Goodridge, a highly touted recruit from Brooklyn, N.Y. and Phila. Lutheran Christian prep school, averaged 2.3 points and 3.0 rebounds in 29 games during the 2006-07 season.
  • Sept. 2nd: Former reserve guard Sean Neal ('07) joined Coach John Giannini's staff as the video coordinator.
  • August 14, 2008 - Lionel Simmons, the 1990 College Player of the Year, was named to the Philadelphia Hall of Fame Class of 2008. Induction in November.

Massachusetts (25-11, 10-6)

UMass alum Derek Kellogg was named head coach on April 23, 2008, replacing Travis Ford who took over at Oklahoma State.

The Minutemen host Division II Dowling College (0-1 in early season) from Long Island, New York on Wednesday, November 5, 2008, in a preseason matchup.

Massachusetts opens the season in the 2K Sports Classic benefitting Coaches Vs. Cancer on Tuesday, Nov. 11th in Carbondale, Ill. on the Southern Illinois campus. UM will play another GSC team, Division II Arkansas-Monticello. The Boll Weevils were 17-12, 8-6 in the GSC last season.

Massachusetts' second game will be against either host Southern Illinois (18-15, 11-7 Missouri Valley Conference) or D-II California University of Pennsylvania (28-6, 11-1 PSAC). The Vulcans won the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship and advanced to the NCAA D-11 Elite Eight in 07-08.

On November 17th, UMass will travel to Coach Kellogg's prior employer, the University of Memphis coached by former UM head coach John Calipari. The Tigers were 38-2 last season including a perfect 16-0 in Conference USA Play.

  • Sept. 4th: UMass announced that 6-foot-9, 275 pound junior big forward Hashim Bailey transferred from Memphis to Massachusetts. He played just 11 minutes last season. Also, 6-foot-1, 160 pound junior guard Doug Wiggins transferred from Connecticut. He averaged 6.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in 31 games.
  • July 21, 2008: 6-foot-9, 225 pound rising sophomore big forward Sean Carter transferred form Oregon State to UMass. He averaged 3.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 0.5 blocks in 15.4 minutes per game.
  • The 2008-09 campaign is the 100th season of basketball at the University.

Part B will be published later this week about Rhode Island, Richmond, St. Bonaventure, Saint Joseph's, Saint Louis, Temple and Xavier.

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