ESPN.com has published their Team Capsules and Fran Frashilla has predicted the order of finish in the A-10 this year. A good read. To no one’s surprise, Dayton (vs. LU 12/5/09) is picked to come out on top with Richmond (vs. LU 11/13/09) finishing third and St. Joe’s (vs. LU 12/20/09) 12th in the 14 team grouping. It seems as if Lehigh will also get a chance to see – up close and personal – three of the league’s top 10 talents: Chris Wright, Dayton’s 6/8" forward, Dan Geriot, Richmond’s 6’9" center, and Kevin Anderson, Richmond’s 6’0" guard.
1. Dayton: Coming off 27 wins and an NCAA tourney victory over West Virginia, Brian Gregory’s Flyers return four starters and 10 of their 11 top scorers. Because he is a warrior inside and plays way above the rim, homegrown product Chris Wright is the perfect face of a program that relies on toughness and grit. Sophomore Luke Fabrizius is an outstanding compliment to Wright beyond the arc. This team is my favorite to win the league, but the battle with I-75 rival Xavier will be fierce.
3. Richmond: The Spiders might end up being a surprise on the national level, but Atlantic 10 folks fully expect Richmond to make a run toward the top of the league. Chris Mooney has one of the most underrated backcourts in the country in David Gonzalvez and Kevin Anderson. The return of 6-9 junior Dan Geriot from season-ending knee surgery will give this team an anchor, both inside and out — as long as he returns to his All-Atlantic 10 self.
12. Saint Joseph’s: The loss of the league’s best big man, Ahmad Nivins, is significant. Replacing point guard Tasheed Carr won’t be easy, either. The Hawks have been a consistent 9-7 in A-10 play the past four seasons, and Phil Martelli probably would take 9-7 again in a heartbeat. Guards Darrin Govens and Garrett Williamson will have to play like Jameer Nelson and Delonte West for Saint Joe’s to make noise in conference play.
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http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/notebook? … around/a10