Men's basketball opens season ranked sixth in NCAA Division II

Men's basketball opens season ranked sixth in NCAA Division II

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Saint Anselm College men's basketball team enters the upcoming 2018-19 season ranked sixth in all of NCAA Division II by the National Basketball Coaches' Association in its annual Preseason Poll released on Tuesday.

PDF: 2018-19 NABC Division II Coaches' Preseason Poll

The No. 6 ranking is the highest by any Saint Anselm men's basketball team since the Hawks were ranked fifth in the nation on Feb. 26, 1996. Since that date, no Hawks team has been ranked higher than seventh (Feb. 2, 2016).

To date, Saint Anselm has been ranked fifth nationally by the Division II Bulletin and sixth by Street & Smith's magazine. In the Coaches' Preseason Poll conducted by the Northeast-10 Conference, the Hawks were projected to finish first in the Northeast Division.

The Hawks rattled off a 22-9 overall record last season, winning the Northeast Division Regular Season Championship for the first time since 2013-14 with a 15-6 record in conference play. Led by Head Coach Keith Dickson, who will begin his 33rd season at the helm, Saint Anselm made its sixth-straight appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament in 2017-18.

Saint Anselm returns the majority of its starting five, including the league's reigning Player of the Year, senior Tim Guers. In an outstanding junior campaign, Guers posted 666 points which stands as the second-most by any Hawks student-athlete in program history. He also averaged 21.5 points per game alongside 7.4 rebounds per tilt en route to All-America honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

Also returning for the Hawks is senior Cody Ball (Londonderry, N.H.), a Third Team All-NE10 selection, who averaged 14.7 points per game and posted the league's second-best three-point field goal percentage (.448). Sophomores Gustav Suhr-Jessen (Virum, Denmark) and Chris Paul (Highland Mills, N.Y.) also return after outstanding first-year campaigns for Saint Anselm.

Newcomers for Saint Anselm include junior Danny Evans (Leeds, United Kingdom), a transfer from the University of Maine (NCAA Division I), freshman Joey Belli (Wayne, N.J.) and classmate Miles Tention (Palo Alto, Calif.). In total, the Hawks return 11 members of last season's successful squad.