Division II men
Affiliation: Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Coach: Luke D'Alessio, 3rd season (26-30) 2000-01 record: 19-9 (10-6 CIAA) Top players: Tim Washington, 6-8, Jr., C (17.7 ppg, 8.1 rpg); Jamal Shivers, 6-3, Sr., G (12.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg); Omarr Smith, 5-11, Jr., G (11.5 ppg, 1.9 rpg); Haseem Alexander, 6-3, Jr., G (transfer from American); Irving Conwell, 6-3, Jr., F (transfer from Mount St. Mary's) Outlook: The Bulldogs have plenty of depth in the backcourt, enabling D'Alessio to use his up-tempo philosophy to the fullest. D'Alessio and Bowie improved by 12 games from 1999-2000 and recorded the school's first winning season in 30 years. The 10-6 league record was Bowie's first in conference play. The Bulldogs were ranked as high as No. 14 nationally in the Division II coaches' poll. With Washington in the middle, the talented Shivers in the backcourt and major additions to the team in Alexander and Conwell, Bowie should continue its rise under D'Alessio.
Division III men
Affiliation: Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Coach: Webb Hatch, 3rd season (26-29) 2000-01 record: 20-10 (8-4 AMCC) Top players: Pierre Bowery, 6-5, Jr., F (19.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg); Sean Brown, 5-9, Sr., G (11.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg); Ryan Grabill, 6-1, So., G (3.7 ppg, 2.1 rpg); Mike Hall, 6-4, So., C Outlook: Losing only one starter off last year's high-scoring team (82.0 ppg), Hatch should have another potent offensive five this season. He guided the Bobcats to 14 more wins last year than in 1999-2000 and compiled the most victories in school history since 1970-71. The Bobcats ranked 30th nationally in Division III in scoring and 34th in rebound margin (plus 5.5 a game). Bowery and Brown give Frostburg a talented inside-outside combination, and they were instrumental in guiding the school to its first conference tournament championship.
Affiliation: Capital Athletic Conference Coach: Leonard Trevino, 11th season (159-128) 2000-01 record: 9-16 (4-10 CAC) Top players: Curtis McNeill, 6-0, Jr., G (11.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg); Thabo Letsebe, 6-6, Jr., F-C (11.2 ppg, 6.7 rpg); Fred Biggs, 6-1, Sr., G; Jonathan Fitzgerald, 6-6, So., F (2.4 ppg, 1.8 rpg) Outlook: Trevino didn't sit still after going through an agonizing losing season for the first time since 1992-93. The head Gopher brought in nine new players - six freshmen and three transfers - to ensure that this year's team has a fresh look and better defense; last season, the Gophers allowed 71.1 points a game. McNeill and Letsebe are proven performers, and the newcomers have shown they will play aggressive defense.
Affiliation: Centennial Conference Coach: Bill Nelson, 15th season (245-149) 2000-01 record: 15-9 (8-5 Centennial) Top players: Steve Adams, 6-6, Jr., F (16.6 ppg, 8.2 rpg); Matthew Eisley, 6-7, Sr., F (12.7 ppg, 6.8 rpg); Brian Cosgrove, 6-5, Sr., G (8.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg); Brendan Kamm, 5-9, Jr. G (5.7 ppg, 1.5 rpg) Outlook: Defense and more defense. That is what Nelson has been preaching for 15 seasons at Hopkins, and nothing has changed. The Blue Jays held opponents to a .387 shooting percentage last season, leading the Centennial Conference and ranking fifth in the nation in Division III. Hopkins allowed just 62.7 points a game to rank 18th nationally. Also, Hopkins out-rebounded foes by seven a game. It should be another strong team for Nelson, who has four starters back and a good blend of seniors and underclassmen.
Affiliation: Capital Athletic Conference Coach: Alfred Johnson, 3rd year (31-20) 2000-01 record: 18-8 (10-4 CAC) Top players: Brandon Jones, 6-1, Sr., G (11.9 ppg, 1.5 rpg); Antonio Moore, 5-6, Sr., G (transfer); John Dewey, 6-6, Fr., F; Evan Wallace, 6-9, Fr., C Outlook: If Moore, Dewey and Wallace don't provide immediate help, it looks like it will be Jones against the world this season. Jones is the only impact player returning from last season. Rebounding could be a weakness, as two-time conference rebounding leader, Sheldon Taylor, has graduated.
Affiliation: Capital Athletic Conference Coach: Steve Holmes, 2nd year (15-10) 2000-01 record: 15-10 (9-5 CAC) Top players: Doug King, 5-9, Sr., G (14.7 ppg, 4.4 apg); Jason Campion, 6-6, Sr., F (9.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg); Lou Clark, 6-5, Sr., F (5.3 ppg., 3.0 rpg) Outlook: Salisbury begins the season with an NCAA Division III record of 398 consecutive games with at least one three-point field goal, dating to 1986-87. King has been an All-CAC second-team choice two straight seasons and led the Sea Gulls to a third-place conference finish. Senior G Mike Sullivan will join King in the backcourt on the strength of the 83 assists and good decision-making. Clark may miss the start of the season as he recovers from hand surgery.