October 24, 2018--The Mount St. Mary's men's basketball team has been picked to finish 10th in the annual Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches Poll, announced today at the annual NEC Social Media Day at the Barclays Center. The Mount will have one of the youngest teams in the nation this year with a roster that features 16 freshmen and sophomores combined for first year head coach Dan Engelstad.
Saint Francis U was tabbed as the preseason favorite by the league's coaches, followed by Fairleigh Dickinson, LIU Brooklyn, Wagner, Robert Morris, Central Connecticut, St. Francis Brooklyn, Bryant, Sacred Heart, and the Mount. The preseason All-NEC team includes Keith Braxton (SFU), Raiquan Clark (LIU), Mike Holloway, Jr. (FDU), Jamaal King (SFU) and Tyler Kohl (CCSU).
The Mount's top returnee this season is sophomore Omar Habwe, who appeared in all 31 games last season with one start.
Mount St. Mary's opens the 2018-19 season with a home exhibition game with Hood College on Thursday, November 1, at 7:00 p.m. at Knott Arena. The season opener is slated for November 6 at NC State. For season tickets, contact the Mount Ticket Office at 301-447-5700.
2018-19 NEC Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Saint Francis U (8)
2. Fairleigh Dickinson (1)
3. LIU Brooklyn (1)
5. Robert Morris
6. Central Connecticut
7. St. Francis Brooklyn
9. Sacred Heart
10. Mount St. Mary's
2018-19 NEC Men's Basketball Preseason All-NEC Team
Keith Braxton, SFU, Jr, G, 6-4, 208 lbs., Glassboro, NJ/Delsea
Raiquan Clark, LIU, Sr, G/F, 6-6, 195 lbs., New Haven, CT/Hillhouse
Mike Holloway Jr., FDU, Sr, F, 6-8, 260 lbs., Pittsgrove, NJ/Arthur P. Schalick
Jamaal King, SFU, Sr, G, 5-10, 170 lbs., Salisbury, MD/Bishop O'Connell (VA)
Tyler Kohl, CCSU, Sr, G/F, 6-5, 220 lbs., Allentown, PA/Mineral Area College