Maryland, No. 12 in preseason poll for 2002-03

Maryland enters the 2002-2003 basketball season as the defending national champions and has been tabbed No. 12 in an early preseason poll for 2002-03 by FoxSports.com.

Maryland lost all four of there starters from last year's championship team and still should show up in most preseason polls ranked in the top 15. Although probably not a top 10 or top 5 team by most experts, this years team could definitly suprise a lot of people with there experience and depth in the backcourt and frontcourt.

The only returning starter is Steve Blake, who returns for his senior campaign as the nations leading career assist man with 751. Blake has started 107 games and could very well be the most experienced playmaker in the nation.

Along side Blake this year will be a host of senior leadership. Although no on person was a starter last year, they have received a tremendous amount of playing time and are the main factors Maryland is coming of a National Championship and two straight Final Four's.

Tahj Holden and Ryan Randle will secure the front court along side junior college transfer Jamar Smith most likely and freshman Travis Garrison could possible help backup even as a freshman.

The backcourt could be the deepest in the counrty with two seniors, returning starter Steve Blake and Drew Nicholas will step in for Juan Dixon.

Recently drafted Washington Wizard guard Juan Dixon has received ACC Male Athlete of the Year for his efforts his senior year.


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