W&L Picked Tied for Seventh in ODAC Men's Basketball Preseason Poll

SALEM, Va. -- The Washington and Lee men’s basketball team was picked tied for seventh out of 10 teams in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Preseason Coaches Poll, which was released on Thursday morning at the conference’s media day.

Guilford earned five first-place votes and 93 total points as the top pick in the poll, followed by Virginia Wesleyan, who totaled three first-place votes and 88 points, and Hampden-Sydney, who rounded out the Top 3 with 83 points and a pair of first-place selections. Roanoke (71), Randolph-Macon (56), Emory & Henry (47), W&L (37), Bridgewater (37), Eastern Mennonite (22) and Lynchburg (15) complete the poll.

W&L returns five of its top six scorers in 2007-08, including senior forward Greg Bienemann (Chatham, N.J./Chatham), who led the team in scoring (17.8 ppg) and rebounding (6.8 ppg) as he earned First Team All-ODAC last season.

Also returning for the Blue and White will be forward Femi Kusimo (Cross Lanes, W.Va./Charleston Catholic) and juniors Kirk Jones (Maple Glenn, Pa./ Germantown Academy), Chris McHugh (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) and Isaiah Goodman (Richfield, Minn./ Holy Angels). Kusimo averaged 10.8 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, and he shot a school-record 61.5 percent from the floor. Jones averaged 6.9 points per game, McHugh contributed 6.6 points per outing and Goodman averaged 5.9 points per game.

W&L finished the 2006-07 campaign with an 11-14 overall record and advanced to the ODAC Tournament for the first time since 2002-03. The Generals open the 2007-08 season against Drew University at the Rose City Classic on Nov. 16 at 8:00 pm.

2007 ODAC Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll
(#) Denotes first place votes
1. Guilford                           93 (5)
2. Virginia Wesleyan           88 (3)
3. Hampden-Sydney           84 (2)
4. Roanoke                          71
5. Randolph-Macon             56
6. Emory & Henry                47
T7. Bridgewater                  37
T7. Washington & Lee        37
9. Eastern Mennonite          22
10. Lynchburg                    15