UAlbany was picked to finish in fourth place in the America East Conference preseason poll, the league announced Wednesday.
“We are excited about the upcoming conference season,” UAlbany head coach Will Brown said in a press release issued through the school’s athletic department. “I think this season the conference will be the deepest it has been in recent years. This season is going to present challenges like no other. I am hopeful that all 10 teams in our conference can stay healthy and play a full season without any interruptions.”
Currently, all athletic activities for UAlbany teams are suspended as part of the university’s shift to remote learning for the remainder of the fall semester. It’s unclear when UAlbany’s teams will next be able to practice.
Vermont, the league’s reigning regular-season champion that had qualified for the 2019-20 conference championship game before its cancellation, sits atop the America East’s preseason poll. The Catamounts received 80% of first-place votes, and joined Kentucky as the lone men’s basketball programs in the nation to be selected as a conference preseason favorite for the fifth consecutive time.
UMBC received two first-place votes and was picked second in the conference. New Hampshire was picked to finish third. Following UAlbany in the poll, in order, were Stony Brook, Hartford, UMass Lowell and NJIT, while Binghamton and Maine tied for ninth place.
UAlbany redshirt junior Cameron Healy was named to the preseason all-conference team along with NJIT senior Zach Cooks, New Hampshire junior Nick Guadarrama, UMass Lowell senior Obadiah Noel and Vermont senior Stef Smith.
Healy averaged 14.2 points per game last season.
TWO, NOT THREE
National Letters of Intent for Siena men’s basketball recruits Jared Billups and Javian McCollumare are expected to be received this week, and those two players currently make up the Saints’ next incoming class of players.
Stephen Coleman, who committed to Siena back in August, has enrolled at prep school and is expected to reclassify to the 2022 class. He is no longer a Siena commit.