UML Slotted Sixth in Men’s Basketball Poll
LOWELL -- The America East Conference 2017-18 men’s basketball coaches’ poll was announced on Thursday and UMass Lowell was picked to finish tied for sixth in the nine-team conference.
The preseason poll voting was done by the conference’s coaches, who were not permitted to vote for their own teams. UMass Lowell enters its first season of postseason eligibility at the Division 1 level, meaning it will be able to play in the America East Conference tournament.
The River Hawks finished the 2016-17 season with a record of 11-20 (5-11 AE). They open the new campaign at UMass on Friday, Nov. 10. Not surprisingly, Vermont was a unanimous selection for first place.
The Catamounts won the America East championship last year and went a perfect 19-0 against conference opponents. Vermont returns reigning America East Player of the Year, Trae Bell-Haynes, and Rookie of the Year, Anthony Lamb.
Albany was picked second, followed by UMBC, Stony Brook, New Hampshire, a tie between UMass Lowell and Binghamton, Hartford, and finally Maine.
On Wednesday, the America East announced its Preseason All-Conference Team and UMass Lowell senior Jahad Thomas received a nod. The 6-foot-2 forward was UMass Lowell’s first-ever First Team All-Conference selection last season after averaging 18.3 points, 9.0 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game.
He’s joined on the Preseason All-Conference Team by Bell-Haynes, Lamb, Albany’s Joe Cremo and David Nichols, New Hampshire’s Tanner Leissner and UMBC’s Jairus Lyles.
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