The CAA Season kicked off this morning with their Media Day Live in which Preseason Honors were dished out. Among players honored for our local Hofstra University Pride was iLuvBBall Alum Justin Wright-Foreman being named to the Preseason All-Conference First Team. He’s our pick for Preseason Player of the Year, but maybe we’re a little bias ? LoL. Preseason POY Honors went to Joe Chealey from the College of Charleston.
Justin comes off his sophomore campaign in which we followed his meteoric scoring rise from his freshman year to led Hofstra in scoring at 18.1 ppg and giving him the largest PPG jump from year-to-year in the NCAA last season. He increased his scoring average by 16.5 ppg. Although leading the league in scoring during league play and being a two-time CAA Player of the Week, Justin was only named a second team All-CAA selection last year (again we thought first team, but of course we may be biased). We say the in jest, but of course we at iLuvBBall.com are expecting even bigger things for one of our proud (no pun intended) #iLuvBBallAlum.
Other honorees from our Hofstra Pride includes senior Rokas “Rock” Gustys named to the Preseason All-Conference Second Team. The rebounding machine, posted averages of 12.1 rebounds and 9.2 ppg last year, a year in which the injury bug caught him just a bit. Despite the injuries, he ranked fourth in the NCAA in rebounding. A healthy Rock should average a double-double in his sleep. Sophomore Eli Pemberton received Honorable Mention after a freshman campaign averaging 12.8 ppg, 3.3 rebs and 2.0 apg and earning CAA All-Rookie Team honors.
As a team, the Pride was picked to finish fourth in the conference, but we want better than that, and hope Hofstra can surprise some and bring home the CAA crown! Hofstra’s 2017 official campaign kicks off at home Nov 10th Veterans Day (observed) fittingly against Army.
You can catch the whole Preseason All-Conference Announcement from the Media Day Show here below
If you want to catch the whole Media Day Show here you go.