The Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) predicted finish is in, and its new HBCU additions have some work to do.
North Carolina A&T men’s basketball was picked to finish 13 out of 15 programs in the CAA. Hampton was picked to finish dead last in the conference.
Towson was picked by the other 12 Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball coaches as the preseason favorite for the 2022-23 season, while 2022 CAA Player of the Year Aaron Estrada of Hofstra was projected by league members to defend that honor in 2023.
Both A&T and Hampton are heading in their first seasons in the league after coming over from the Big South. A&T was 12-20 its lone season in the league after 50 years in the MEAC. It advanced to the semifinals of the Big South Conference tournament last season. Hampton finished 9-19 during the 2021-2022 season.
2022-23 CAA Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll
|8.||William & Mary||52|
|11.||North Carolina A&T||35|
Preseason Player of the Year: Aaron Estrada, Hofstra
2022-23 All-CAA Preseason First Team
|Aaron Estrada||Hofstra||R-Sr.||G||Woodbury, N.J.|
|Cam Holden||Towson||R-Sr.||G||Forsyth, Ga.|
|Jameer Nelson Jr.||Delaware||R-Jr.||G||Haverford, Pa.|
|Charles Thompson||Towson||Sr.||F||Fort Washington, Md.|
|Nicolas Timberlake||Towson||Gr.||G||Braintree, Mass.|
2022-23 All-CAA Preseason Second Team
|Jyáre Davis||Delaware||R-So.||F||Newark, Del.|
|Shykeim Phillips||UNCW||Sr.||G||Winterville, N.C.|
|Reyne Smith||Charleston||So.||G||Ulverstone, Australia|
|Jahmyl Telfort||Northeastern||Jr.||G||Boucherville, Quebec|
|Amari Williams||Drexel||Jr.||F||Nottingham, England|
Honorable Mention: Ben Burnham, So., F, Charleston; Aaron Clarke, Gr., G, Stony Brook; Deuce Dean, Sr., G, Hampton; Chris Doherty, R-Sr., F, Northeastern; Darlinstone Dubar, So., G, Hofstra; Marcus Watson, R-Jr., F, North Carolina A&T; Ben Wight, Jr., F, William & Mary