WVU, in ninth, was only three points short of eight-place Boston College.
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Although that seems a fair placement of the Mountaineers as they continue the rebuilding process, it was something of a surprise that junior Drew Schifino was shut out of the two-team preseason all-conference selections. Schifino, who averaged 20.1 points and 4.7 rebounds per game last year, will no doubt be motivated by the snub.
2003-04 Preseason Player of the Year
Emeka Okafor, Connecticut
2003-04 Preseason Rookie of the Year
Charlie Villanueva, Connecticut
2003-04 Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team
Emeka Okafor, Connecticut, Jr., C, 6-9, 240, Houston, Texas*
Ben Gordon, Connecticut, Jr., G, 6-2, 185, Mount Vernon, Texas
Darius Rice, Miami, Sr., F, 6-10, 222, Jackson, Miss.
Chris Thomas, Notre Dame, Jr., G, 6-1, 182, Indianapolis, Ind.*
Ryan Gomes, Providence, Jr., F/C, 6-7, 238, Waterbury, Conn.
Hakim Warrick, Syracuse, Jr., F, 6-8, 205, Philadelphia, Pa.
2003-04 Preseason All-BIG EAST Second Team
Craig Smith, Boston College, So., F, 6-7, 265, Los Angeles, Calif.
Julius Page, Pittsburgh, Sr., G, 6-3, 191, Buffalo, N.Y.
Andre Barrett, Seton Hall, Sr., G, 5-10, 172, Bronx, N.Y.
Gerry McNamara, Syracuse, So., G, 6-2, 172, Scranton, Pa.
Bryant Matthews, Virginia Tech, Sr., G/F, 6-7, 215, Columbia, S.C.
* - denotes unanimous selection