BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Saint Louis has been picked No. 1 in the league’s annual men’s basketball preseason poll, which was announced today at Atlantic 10 Media Day at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The Billikens claimed 15 of the 26 first-place votes to finish ahead of Saint Joseph’s, Davidson and George Mason. All A-10 head coaches and select media members vote on the poll.
Additionally, Saint Louis placed a league-high three players on the A-10’s preseason All-Conference teams. Senior guard Javon Bess and sophomore guard Jordan Goodwin were named preseason second-team All-Conference, while sophomore forward Hasahn French was named to the third team. Bess landed on the league’s preseason All-Defensive team as well.
This is the first year that SLU has been picked to win the A-10 in the league’s preseason poll. The Billikens twice were picked second – in 2012 and 2013. SLU captured back-to-back A-10 regular-season crowns in 2013 and 2014, and the Bills won the 2013 A-10 Championship at Barclays Center.
Preseason projected A-10 order of finish with first-place votes:
1. St. Louis (15)
2. St. Joseph’s (4)
3. Davidson (6)
4. George Mason (1)
5. Rhode Island
9. St. Bonaventure
12. La Salle