RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - There are a lot of reasons why the CAA is viewed as one of the best mid-major conferences in the country. The schools get a lot of talent out of high schools and junior colleges. Both in "The Dance" and in the regular season, its teams spring big upsets. But also every year it seems the league is wide open - where almost half the conference has a chance to win a championship.
So it goes for 2010-2011. The coaches from the teams met at Media Day in Arlington, VA. Old Dominion was picked to repeat as league champions, with George Mason, VCU, James Madison and Hofstra rounding out the top 5. The team that surprised everyone last year, William & Mary, will have to do it again, as they were picked to finish 8th.
Other awards were dished out, including Hofstra's Charles Jenkins being named CAA Preseason Player of the Year. The rest of the preseason all-conference first team was made up of VCU's Joey Rodriguez, Northeastern's Chiasson Allen, James Madison's Denzel Bowles and George Mason's Cam Long.
New to CAA media blitz was UNC-Wilmington's first year head coach Buzz Peterson. The former Tennessee, Appalachian State and Coastal Carolina head coach is taking over a Seahawk team picked to finish dead last.
On the ladies side, James Madison was picked to repeat as conference champions, thanks to preseason co-player of the year Dawn Evans. She shared the honor with Delaware's Elena Della Donne. VCU's Courtney Hurt was named to the second team, and her Lady Rams were picked to finish 5th in the league.