WUSTL Men’s Basketball Ranked No. 11 in D3Hoops.com Preseason Top-25 Poll
D3HOOPS.COM TOP-25 POLL
St. Louis, Mo., October 25, 2013 – The Washington University in St. Louis men’s basketball team is ranked No. 11 in the 2013 D3Hoops.com Preseason Top-25 poll, as announced by the website. The Bears were also ranked No. 3 in the DIII News Preseason Top-25 Poll.
Defending national champion Amherst College leads a split group at the top of the D3hoops.com preseason Top 25 poll. The Lord Jeffs, who defeated the University Mary Hardin-Baylor in Atlanta on April 7 in the national title game, received 13 of the 25 first-place votes. Illinois Wesleyan University had nine first-place votes and was picked second, while Williams College, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Wheaton College (Ill.) each had a No. 1 vote and were picked third, fourth and fifth respectively.
Washington University returns four starters and 14 letterwinners from last year’s team, which posted a 21-6 overall record. The Bears won the University Athletic Association (UAA) championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight year.
Senior forward Chris Klimek leads a group of four all-UAA honorees that return from a year ago. Klimek, a first-team all-UAA selection, averaged 15.4 points and 5.7 rebounds at power forward, and scored in double figures in 22 of 27 games played.
Senior guard Alan Aboona, a first-team all-UAA honoree, started all 27 games at point guard for the Bears averaging 12.7 points per game. Aboona led the team in assists (126) and three-pointers made (68).
Also returning for the Bears is second-team all-UAA junior forward Matt Palucki (9.5 ppg, 8.1 rpg) and honorable-mention all-UAA junior forward Nick Burt (6.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg). Senior guard Tim Cooney started 27 games at shooting guard a year ago, averaging 5.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per contest. Off the bench, Washington U. returns junior guard David Fatoki (1.4 ppg) and senior center Will Patt (0.7 ppg).
Head coach Mark Edwards enters his 33rd season the Danforth Campus with an overall record of 583-264 (.688). The winningest coach in school history, Edwards has guided the Bears to a school-record 29-consecutive winning seasons and the 2008 and 2009 NCAA Division III National Championship.
Washington University opens regular-season play at home against Rhodes College Saturday, Nov. 16, at 8 p.m.