Schmidt Talking Podcast Episode 34: Preseason Atlantic 10 Awards

J.P. Butler

The college basketball season will be upon us sooner than later, and there is a lot of hype around what the Atlantic 10 could be this year. Last year, there were three NCAA Tournament teams in St. Bonaventure, University of Rhode Island, and Davidson. This year, with a more balanced league compared to the past, there is a lot of speculation as to who could be the top teams in the conference for the 2018-2019 season.

Individual play will be a huge part in who has the most success this season. One team that is getting notable recognition for being an NCAA tournament sleeper, is George Mason University. The Patriots have a returning star in Otis Livingston II, while also having a star-studded transfer in Jared Reuter, coming in from the University of Virginia. Livingston is coming offseason where he led the Patriots in scoring at 17ppg, and could easily build on that to take home the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year.

A team that everyone is talking about is the St. Louis Billikens who are looking to be the best team in the conference this year, with four-star freshman recruit Carte’are Gordon absorbing all of the hype. The Billikens are looking to make their first NCAA tournament since 2014, and have a great head coach to lead the way in Travis Ford.

Lastly, Davidson is looking to return behind sophomore guard Kellen Grady after losing Peyton Aldridge to graduation last season. As stated before, this could be an Atlantic 10 season where there are some surprise teams, and as always, don’t count out the St. Bonaventure Bonnies to make a run behind redshirt-senior Courtney Stockard.

Time Stamps

1:30 to 4:53 – Atlantic 10 Player of Year discussion

5:00 to 6:40 – Coach of the Year

6:45 to 8:50 – Freshman of the Year

9:00 to 10:40 – Defensive Player of the Year

11:05 t0 13:29 – Most Improved Player of the Year

14:00 to 18:55 – All-Atlantic 10 Team




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