Elon’s Seibring & Dawkins Honored; Men’s Basketball Picked Third in CAA Preseason Poll

RICHMOND, Va. – Elon University men’s basketball was predicted to finish third according to a vote of the league’s coaches, media relations directors and media members, as the Colonial Athletic Association released its 2017-18 Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll on Wednesday morning, Oct. 18.

Wednesday also saw junior forward Tyler Seibring named to the 2017-18 All-CAA Preseason First Team and red-shirt senior Brian Dawkins take home Second Team honors.

Led by Seibring and Dawkins, Elon has a veteran-led team that returns all five starters from an 18-14 team that posted a best-ever fourth-place finish in the CAA last year. Topping the group of returnees for the Phoenix is Seibring, who earned a spot on the All-CAA second team after scoring a team-high 14.4 ppg and ranking sixth in the league in rebounding at 6.9 rpg.

He’s joined up front by Dawkins, who contributed 12.9 ppg and 5.3 rpg while shooting 51.5% from the floor. Junior guards Dainan Swoope (11.7 ppg) and Steven Santa Ana (11.7 ppg) combined to make 132 three-pointers a year ago, while senior guard Dmitri Thompson added 8.9 ppg and 5.0 rpg.

College of Charleston, which also returns all five starters from last year’s 25-win team, has been picked to capture the CAA men’s basketball championship during the 2017-18 season.

Season tickets for the 2017-18 campaign, the final season in Alumni Gym, are on sale now through the Elon Ticket Office. Tickets can be purchased online, over the phone at 336-278-6750, or in person at the Elon Ticket Office located inside the Koury Athletic Center on Elon’s campus. For additional information, please contact the Elon Ticket Office at 336-278-6750 or email athtickets@elon.edu.

2017-18 CAA Men’s Basketball Predicted Order of Finish
1. College of Charleston (38 first-place votes) – 362
2. Towson (2 first-place votes) – 306
3. Elon – 297
4. Hofstra – 236
5. UNCW – 197
6. Northeastern – 159
7. Delaware – 156
8. William & Mary – 120
9. Drexel – 102
10. James Madison – 65

2017-18 CAA Men’s Basketball Preseason All-Conference Teams

First Team                      Cl.   Pos.   Hometown/High School
Jarrell Brantley, Charleston    Jr.   F      Columbia, S.C./Notre Dame Prep
Devontae Cacok, UNCW            Jr.   F      Riverdale, Ga./Alpharetta
Joe Chealey, Charleston         Sr.   G      Orlando, Fla./Apopka
Tyler Seibring, Elon            Jr.   F      Normal, Ill./Normal Community
J. Wright-Foreman, Hofstra      Jr.   G      Queens, N.Y./HS of Construction
Second Team                     Cl.   Pos.   Hometown/High School
Ryan Daly, Delaware             So.   G      Ardmore, Pa./Archbishop Carroll
Brian Dawkins, Elon             R-Sr. F      Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenny
Rokas Gustys, Hofstra           Sr.   F/C    Kaunas, Lithuania/Oak Hill Academy
Kurk Lee, Drexel                So.   G      Baltimore,Md./St. Frances Academy
Mike Morsell, Towson            Sr.   G      Fort Washington, Md./St. John's
Grant Riller, Charleston        So.   G      Ocoee, Fla./Ocoee

CAA Preseason Player of the Year: Joe Chealey, Charleston

Honorable Mention: Devon Begley, Sr., G, Northeastern; David Cohn, Sr., G, William & Mary; Nathan Knight, So., F, William & Mary; Jeremy Miller, Jr., F, Northeastern; Deshaun Morman, Sr., G, Towson; Eli Pemberton, So., G, Hofstra; Jordon Talley, Sr., G, UNCW