The Charlotte 49ers men’s basketball team was picked to finish 12th in its final Atlantic 10 season, according to the preseason poll of league coaches that was released Thursday morning as part of A-10 media day.
The Niners, coming off a 13-17 season that saw them pick up the 12th seed in the league rankings last year, are hoping that their final season in the league is a successful one before joining Conference USA next year. Unfortunately, they’ll have newcomers VCU and Butler as well as consistent A-10 powers Temple, Xavier and Saint Louis to contend with if they’re to set their sights toward the top of the standings–with this year being foreseen as the best and deepest group of teams the league has ever had.
Charlotte also has two of its players named to the All A-10 team. Senior Chris Braswell picked up 2nd team honors after leading the Niners with 15.8 points (8th in the conference) and 7.6 rebounds a game (6th in the conference). Henry, coming off a good freshman campaign, scored 7.2 points per game to open his college career and led the club with 72 steals, the second highest total in the league, en route to being named to the All-Defensive team.
Saint Joseph’s picked up 11 votes to finish first in the preseason poll, followed by Saint Louis. VCU placed a solid third in its first A-10 preseason ranking, while Butler was selected to finish 6th.
Basketball Madness kicks off the season for the Niners two weeks from Thursday–followed by a November 1 exhibition against Pfeiffer. Then, Charleston Southern comes to town for the season opener on November 9.