WINTHROP, Mass. – The AMCATS were picked to finish seventh this season in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Preseason Poll as voted upon by the leagues 10 head coaches.
The AMCATS graduated seven seniors last season including four of their top scorers. Patrick Bradanese, Tyler Delorey, Corey Pryor and Kyle McKissick combined for 55.5 points per game. Returning guard, David Jean-Louis averaged seven points per game last year while shooting 41.9 percent from field goal range and 44.6 percent from behind the arc.
The AMCATS averaged 80.1 points per game and 39.8 rebounds per game last season. They were picked to finish third in last season's preseason poll and dropped to Emmanuel in the first round of GNAC tournament play. The AMCATS advanced to the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship last season where they fell to Nichols College.
The AMCATS welcome nine new members to the Men's Basketball team this season.
Seeking its fifth Great Northeast Athletic Conference championship in six years, the Albertus Magnus College men's basketball team received six first-place votes and 96 points to take the top spot in the 2016-17 GNAC Preseason Poll. The Falcons advanced to the GNAC Championship last season where they fell to top seed Johnson & Wales University, 86-75. The Wildcats finished second in this year's poll with three first-place votes and 91 points.
The Wildcats earned a pair of NCAA Tournament victories this past March over Trinity (Conn.) and Fitchburg State to advance to the Division III Elite Eight, where they fell to Tufts on Tufts' home floor. In 2016-17, JWU will be without the dynamic backcourt duo of Quarry Greenaway and Tom Garrick, who combined to average 48.3 points per game a year ago.
Lasell College received 74 points in the preseason ledger and one first-place tally after earning the No. 2 seed in last year's GNAC Tournament and a spot in the tournament semifinals.
Rounding out the top-five was Mount Ida College with 61 points and Saint Joseph's College of Maine with 55 points. Emmanuel College (Mass.) sits in the sixth position with 53 points.
Making up the remainder of the poll Anna Maria College with 42 points, Norwich University with 37 points, Suffolk University with 26 points and Rivier University with 15 points.