Men's basketball picked seventh in Atlantic Sun

Oct. 10, 2005

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Despite returning three starters and five seniors from last year, the Jacksonville men's basketball team was picked to finish seventh in the league by the media and eighth by the coaches.

Gardner-Webb received 20 first-place votes in the media poll to earn top honors and three votes in the coaches poll and is picked to defend its title. New member East Tennessee State was picked second, but is picked by the coaches to win conference tournament while the media picked Gardner-Webb to win the tournament.

"This is good league that a lot of people don't know about," said first-year JU head coach Cliff Warren. "We have several veteran players returning that we will look for leadership and set an example for our young players to follow. These guys will be the foundation which I plan to build this program around."

Rounding out the coaches preseason rankings is Belmont in third, Lipscomb in fourth, Mercer in fifth, Florida Atlantic in sixth and Stetson in seventh, followed by JU. Campbell is picked ninth trailed by Kennesaw State in 10th and North Florida in 11th.

In the media poll, Belmont is picked third, followed by Florida Atlantic, Lipscomb and Mercer. Trailing the Dolphins in eighth is Stetson, followed by Campbell, Kennesaw State and North Florida.

The Dolphins open preseason practice on Friday night in preparation of their season opener against Florida State in the Jacksonville Veteran's Memorial Arena on Nov. 17.