Men's Hoops Selected Second in NJAC South

PITMAN, N.J. (11/10/10) – The Kean University men's basketball team has been selected to finish second in the New Jersey Athletic Conference South Division in a pre-season poll of the league's 10 head coaches.

The Cougars return three players with starting experience, including 2009-10 NJAC first-team all-star Jonathan Jones.  Jones (pictured right) led the team in scoring (14.4 ppg), rebounding (12.5 rpg), steals (44) and blocks (27).  He was also named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Atlantic Region first-team, as he finished the season with 18 double-doubles and was ranked tied for fifth in the NCAA rankings in rebounding.

Averaging 27.2 minutes per game primarily off the bench, Jones posted his highest numbers over the second half of the season, as he had 11 double-doubles in the final 12 games, including two games with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds.  Over the final 12 games, Jones averaged 17.8 points and 14.6 rebounds

The Cougars also return starters Mike Shaughnessy, who started all 25 games a year ago as a rookie, and junior Rob Lewis.

The Cougars, who face host University of Wyoming in an exhibition game on Saturday, November 13, officially tip-off the 2010-11 season on Monday, November 15, when they travel to Delaware Valley College for the season opener. 

2010-11 NJAC Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll

North Division
1. Ramapo (8)
2. William Paterson
3. New Jersey City (1) – dark horse
4. Rutgers-Newark (1)
5. Montclair State

South Division
1. Richard Stockton
2. Kean
3. Rowan
4 The College of New Jersey
5. Rutgers-Camden

Overall Champion Votes in Parentheses