NHR Preseason All Atlantic 10 teams

18 Oct

By Brian Flinn
National Hoops Report

The season is less than a month away so it is time to roll out our preseason All-Conference teams. We get started with the always competitive Atlantic 10 Conference.

All A-10 First Team

Tu Holloway (Xavier)- The New York native is one of the best guards to come through the program in recent history, maybe of all time even. We here at NHR have tabbed Holloway as one of the top seniors to watch, and he has All American written all over him.

Andrew Nicholson (St. Bonaventure)- He is the best player in the country that people don’t know about. The Canadian forward led the Bonnies in scoring and rebounding last season while putting up 30 point on multiple occasions. If Tu Holloway had left he would be a lock for A-10 player of the year , but Xavier being at the top of the A-10 will probably give Holloway the nod over this supremely talented big man.

Juan Fernandez (Temple)- Fernandez is the best point guard in the A-10 not named Tu Holloway. While some would argue that he looks to score more, Fernandez is still very capable of leading the Owls. With Lavoy Allen gone to graduation, look for Fernandez to have an even more prominent role.

Ramon Moore (Temple)- Another talented player that will need to step up in the wake of Allen’s graduation. Moore will need to pace the Owls in scoring yet again if they are to challenge Xavier for the A-10 crown.

Tony Taylor (George Washington)- Perhaps no one is more important to their team in this conference than do-it-all point guard Tony Taylor. Last season he averaged 15 points and 5.6 assists to go along with 3.3 rebounds a contest. He was the only player to average double digits and points, as well as the only player to average more than two assists a game. To put it bluntly, who knows where GW would be without him?

All A-10 Second Team

Dez Wells (Xavier)- Easily the highest rated recruit coming into the A-10 this season, Xavier landed a player that they can build around for the next few years. He will be an absolute star, while it might not happen this season Wells will still contribute heavily this year and provide a serious scoring punch behind Tu Holloway.

Mark Lyons (Xavier)- The shooting guard has been a solid option for Xavier for the past two seasons. Last year he averaged 13 points along with 3 assists and 3 rebounds a game. While the junior’s numbers might take a dip with all the incoming talent this year, he will still be a big part of the team.

Chris Gaston (Fordham)- Fordham might have only won 7 games all last season but it’s not because Gaston didn’t produce enough. He averaged 15.9 points and 11.3 rebounds a game last year, leading his team in both categories. If Gaston can put up even bigger numbers while making the Rams relevant this year than he’s a lock for all first team honors.

Chris Johnson (Dayton)- Chris Wright might have led the Flyers in points and rebounds last year but Johnson wasn’t far behind him in either. With a new coach in town and Chris Wright and Juwan Staten both gone look for Johnson to be the leader for Archie Miller and Dayton.

Kwamain Mitchell (Saint Louis)- The explosive guard is making his return after sitting out last season after facing allegations of sexual assault.  If Mitchell can play the same way he did pre-suspension, SLU could challenge Temple and Xavier at the top of the A-10 this season.

All A-10 Third Team

Chris Braswell (Charlotte)-After almost averaging a double-double last season Braswell should be one of the top big men in the A-10, especially with the departure of Shamari Spears

Derrio Green (Charlotte)- A talented scoring point guard who averaged 4 assists a game last year. Unfortunately he also averaged 3 turnovers. If he can cut down on those than he should be higher than all-third team.

Darien Brothers (Richmond)- With the graduation of Dan Geroit, Justin Harper, and Kevin Anderson, someone will have to step up and provide the scoring punch for the Spiders. After averaging 7.6 points in a little over 20 minutes last year expect Brothers to be featured this season.

CJ Aiken (St. Joes)- One of the top defenders in the A-10 and can score as well. After a decent freshman season where Aiken averaged 7.4 points and 4 rebounds, he should improve with a full season under his belt.

Kenny Frease (Xavier)- The big man has been a factor for Xavier for the past few seasons. He has the talent and production to be an all-second team performer. Due to his suspension and not knowing the length of it, it is hard to put him on the all second team. Dez Wells should also emerge as a top option for Xavier, which could hurt Frease’s numbers.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Tu Holloway (Xavier)- It will be a close race for POY between Holloway and Nicholson. If Xavier finishes first it will be pretty much a given that Holloway deserves it. It would be hard not to give a potential All-American the nod for Player of the Year.

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Dez Wells (Xavier) – This season will prove that he is a star in the making. Don’t be surprised if he’s the second option on the team by the end of the year.

COACH OF THE YEAR: Fran Dunphy (Temple) – While his legendary mustache might be gone this season, the talent on his team is not. While Xavier has more talent this year, Temple will be able to contend thanks to their star players and fantastic coach. Chris Mack will be a solid candidate as well but it can be argued that Dunphy is capable of getting more out of his guys, that’s why he gets the nod here.

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