WORCESTER, Mass.- The Assumption College men's basketball team was selected seventh in the Northeast Division of the NE10 Preseason Coaches Poll, as selected by the conference's head coaches on Thursday. The Hounds open their season on Friday at 1:30 pm against Bloomfield at the Stonehill Tip-Off Classic.
Saint Anselm took first in the Northeast Division, tallying 6 first-place votes and 94 total points. Merrimack was second with 93 points with seven first place votes, followed by Southern New Hampshire with 79 and Bentley with 68. Stonehill concludes the top five with 55 points, followed by Franklin Pierce with 44, Assumption with 27, and Saint Michael's with 16. In the Southwest Division, Le Moyne took the top spot with 91 points and 13 first place votes. New Haven took second with 71 points and one first place vote. Adelphi (57), Saint Rose (56), and Southern Connecticut (54) round out the top five. To view the full release, click here.
Last season, Assumption went 7-21 overall, recording wins over conference opponents Stonehill, Saint Michael's and American International College. The team returns three upperclassmen who played significant minutes in the 2017-18 season, sophomore Branislav Vujadinovic (Belgrade, Serbia / St. Joseph), junior Nick Pasquale (Shrewsbury, Mass. / Worcester Academy), and sophomore Patrick Fleming (Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. / Iona Prep). Vujadinovic averaged 10.3 points per game while making 57 threes while leading the team by shooting 45.6 percent from downtown. Pasquale led the team in blocks averaging 1.0 per game and Fleming led the team in assists per game with 3.1 and was third on the team with rebounds per game with 3.5.
The Hounds welcome eight newcomers to the team, Darien Walcott (Bay Shore, N.Y. / Bay Shore), Matthew Kelly (North Potomac, Md. / Quince Orchard), Joe Sullivan (Utica, N.Y. / Notre Dame HS / Mohawk Valley CC), Cole Mileski (Griswold, Conn. / Griswold), Jaden Rhoden (Lakewood, N.J. / Toms River North), Kyle Henseler (Coventry, R.I. / Bishop Hendricken), Jordan Shea (Madison, Wisc. / Lodi), and Bryan Boeherlet (Gaithersburg, Md. / Magruder).