Basketball is right around the corner for the Robert Morris Colonials and a lot is expected from Andrew Toole’s team during the 2015-16 season.
The Colonials are coming off a 2015 season that saw RMU win their first NCAA Tournament game since 1983 when they defeated North Florida in the NCAA First Four.
This season Toole’s team is once again expected to contend for a Northeast Conference title as RMU was picked to finish second in the conference according to a poll of Northeast Conference head coaches as part of the conference’s fourth annual NEC Social Media Day.
Mount St. Mary’s, which received six first-place votes, was selected as the preseason favorite in 2015-16. Robert Morris received three first-place votes while Bryant, tabbed to finish third, got one first-place vote.
It marks the 10th consecutive season that RMU was picked to finish in the top three of the NEC.
Individually, RMU senior guard Rodney Pryor was named to the 2015-16 Preseason All-NEC Team.
Joining Pryor on the squad were guards Byron Ashe of Mount St. Mary’s and Cane Broome of Sacred Heart and forwards Dan Garvin of Bryant and Gregory Graves of Mount St. Mary’s.
Pryor led the Colonials in scoring last season by averaging 15.6 points per game and also averaged 4.7 rebounds per game. He also ranked second in the NEC in three-point field goal percentage (.429) and fourth in three-point field goals made per game (2.31).
2015-16 NEC Men’s Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll
(First-Place Votes in Parenthesis)
1. Mount St. Mary’s (6)
2. Robert Morris (3)
3. Bryant (1)
4. LIU Brooklyn
5. St. Francis Brooklyn
7. Sacred Heart
8. Saint Francis U.
9 . Fairleigh Dickinson
10. Central Connecticut
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