Oct. 24, 2013
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Coming off its best season in 28 years, the Army men's basketball team was picked third in the 2013-14 Patriot League Preseason Poll. The Black Knights return 15 letterwinners, including six of the team's top eight scorers, from last season's team that finished fourth in the conference standings and advanced to the Patriot League semifinals.
Army's fourth-place finish matched its highest in program history. The Black Knights posted a 16-15 overall record, their first winning season since 1984-85, and set a program record with eight Patriot League victories.
The Black Knights are anchored by captains Josh Herbeck, the lone senior on the roster, Maxwell Lenox, a junior, and Dylan Cox, only the second sophomore in program history to earn the captain's label.
Sophomore Kyle Wilson was the unanimous choice for Patriot League Rookie of the Year a season ago after averaging 13.9 points per game in conference play and 13.0 points per contest overall. Wilson is one member of a talented sophomore class that includes Cox, Larry Toomey (6.2 ppg) and Kevin Ferguson (school-record 35 blocked shots). All four players started at least 11 games last season.
Patriot League newcomer Boston University was the preseason favorite to win the conference championship, receiving 18 first-place votes. Lafayette finished second and received two first-place votes. Bucknell, Loyola, Lehigh, Holy Cross, Colgate, American and Navy rounded out the preseason prognostications.
Army begins its 2013-14 season on Friday, Nov. 8 versus Air Force at the All-Military Classic presented by USAA. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. and will be broadcast live by ESPNU.
2013-14 Patriot League Preseason Poll
- Boston University (18) - 162
- Lafayette (2) - 130
- Army - 115
- Bucknell - 113
- Loyola - 109
- Lehigh - 93
- Holy Cross - 70
- Colgate - 49
- American - 36
- Navy - 23
Patriot League Preseason Player of the Year: DJ Irving, Boston University
Patriot League Preseason All-League Team
Cameron Ayers, Bucknell
Dylon Cormier, Loyola
Dave Dudzinski, Holy Cross
DJ Irving, Boston University
Mackey McKnight, Lafayette