NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Philadelphia University men's basketball team is projected to repeat as the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) southern division champion in the CACC men's basketball preseason coaches poll. The voting was conducted by the conference's 14 head coaches.
Philadelphia, under the direction of 48th-year head coach Herb Magee, brings back an experienced squad, including four starters, from last season's NCAA Tournament squad. The Rams posted a 25-7 record and won the CACC championship.
Peter Alexis (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Holy Reedemer) was named to All-CACC first team, Daktronics All-East Region first team, City of Basketball Love Division II All-Area first team, and National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II Men's Basketball All-District second team last season.
In the CACC, Alexis ranked second in minutes per game (37.5), field goal shooting (60.4 percent), field goals made (246), and double-doubles (15); third in rebounding (9.5 per game); and fifth in scoring (18.2 points per game) and blocks (57).
Nick Schiltzer (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville) was named to the second team, while Derek Johnson (Conshohocken, Pa./Atlantic Christian) earned a spot on the third team.
Schlitzer was second in the CACC in 3-point shooting (43.1 percent), fourth in field goal shooting (47.4 percent), and ninth in scoring (15.3 points per game). Johnson finished seventh in the CACC in scoring (15.5 points per game).
Andre Gibbs (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) led the conference in free throw shooting (88.9 percent) and was fifth in assists (112).
Holy Family, the CACC runner up, was tabbed second in the division with 78 points, while University of the Sciences had 74 points to come in third. Goldey-Beacom picked up the other first-place vote and ended up fourth with 50 points.
Chestnut Hill (44 points), Wilmington (Del.) (30), and Georgian Court (17) rounded out the south.
In the north, Bloomfield garnered 10 first-place votes to occupy the top spot with 94 points. Dominican (N.Y.) finished second with one first-place vote and 77 points. Caldwell racked up the final three first-place votes to take third with 73 points.
Rounding out the north are Nyack (54), Post (41), Felician (33), and Concordia (N.Y.) (20).
Philadelphia starts the 2014-15 season at the Bentley Tip-Off Classic against host Bentley on Friday, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m.