EJSIC College Basketball Previews: Drexel Dragons

NOTE: We will be previewing select college basketball teams for the upcoming season. The following Drexel preview was submitted by EJSIC poster Eric D. If you would like to preview a team for the EJSIC, send us an email or post it here on our message board.

Drexel Dragons
Philadelphia, PA, Colonial Athletic Association

Last Season: 29-7(16-2), Lost to Umass in NIT Quarterfinal

Notable Players Gone: Sammie Givens

Notable Players Returning: Damion Lee, Frantz Massenat, Derrick Thomas, Chris Fouch, Dartaye Ruffin, Daryl McCoy, Aquil Younger, Kazembe Abif.

Notable Newcomers: None

Preseason Ranking: I’ve seen anywhere from 25 – 35

Preseason Bracket Projections: ESPN projects Dragons as a #9 seed in the East, CBS Sports projects Dragons as a #9 seed in the South

Early Season Tournament: DirecTV Classic, facing St. Mary’s in Round 1

Projected Starting 5: PG: Frantz Massenat, SG: Derrick Thomas, SF: Damion Lee, PF: Dartaye Ruffin, C: Daryl McCoy 6th Man: Chris Fouch

Can Bruiser Flint build on last season’s success at Drexel?

Preview:

The Dragons come into the year with a chip on their shoulder after having being left out of the NCAA Tournament last year despite the fact they had 27 wins in the regular season and conference tournament. Expectations have not been higher in the Bruiser Flint era, and for good reason as they return 6 of their 7 leading scorers from last year’s team.

The Dragons feature CAA Preseason player of the year in Frantz Massenat to run the point, along with fellow 1st team all CAA preseason selection in Damion Lee. To add to the back court depth, Flint also can run out all CAA honorable mention Chris Fouch off the bench for instant offense. And don’t sleep on Derrick Thomas’ production either, who was suspended for the CAA Tournament last year and was a crucial piece for the Dragons all season. The front court will have to replace the steady and reliable Sammie Givens, but Dartaye Ruffin and Daryl McCoy are primed for break out seasons in their new roles.

This could be a very special year for the Dragons, ala Murray State last year, they have the experience, coaching and schedule to have a very successful season this year and return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1996.

2012-2013 Regular Season Record:
26-3(17-1 CAA Record ahead of GMU, ODU and Delaware)

Postseason:
#1 Seed in the CAA Tournament: 3-0
#6 Seed in NCAA Tournament
Sweet 16 – Lose to Syracuse

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