Philadelphia Men's Basketball Picked First in South Division of 2016-17 CACC Preseason Coaches Poll

Philadelphia Men's Basketball Picked First in South Division of 2016-17 CACC Preseason Coaches Poll

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (November 2, 2016) -- The Philadelphia University men's basketball team on Wednesday was slotted in first place in the South Division of the 2016-17 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Preseason Coaches Poll. The voting for the poll was conducted by the league's 14 head coaches in the sport.

PhilaU earned 94 points and 12 first-place votes to top the south, while Chestnut Hill College (66 points) and University of the Sciences (59 points, 1 1st place vote) rounded out the top three in the division in second and third place, respectively. Bloomfield College, which the Rams swept in a pair of games a season ago, was first in the North Division.

The Rams return three starters from last year's team which went 23-9 overall, reached the CACC Championship Final and advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament East Regional. Kaison Randolph returns after earning Third-Team All-CACC honors last year, as he averaged 17.7 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. He earned the all-conference honor despite missing the final month of the season with an injury.

Philadelphia also returns guard Andre Gibbs, who missed all of last year with an injury, but the last time fans saw him on the court, he was helping to lead the Rams to the 2015 CACC Championship. Eric Long and Brendan Kilpatrick, who also started last season, return as well for the Rams.

Philadelphia is led by legendary head coach Herb Magee, who enters his 50th season as the head coach of the program in 2016-17. He has an overall record of 1,032-409.

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