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2004 CHN began unveiling 144 Team previews in 144 Days. CHN ranked the
nations top 144 teams, and is unveiling one per day leading up until the
opening day of the 2004-05 Season.
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#75 Drexel Dragon
2003-04: 18-11, 13-5, 2nd
2003-04 postseason: NIT
By Joel Welser
season Drexel had eight players who were consistent and solid. All of those
players had at least 2.9 rebounds per game. These guys play as a unit and
only lose one piece of that puzzle, which should help the Dragons contend,
once again, for the Colonial title. Sean Brooks, Phil Goss, Jeremiah King,
Kenell Sanchez and Bashir Mason form a formidable fivesome for James
‘Bruiser’ Flint’s squad.
Who’s Out: Tim Whitworth was second on the team with 14.1 points per
game. The 6-6 forward was a huge scoring threat for the Dragons, including
a 30 point outing at William & Mary. Whitworth won’t be easy to replace,
but there are plenty of players ready to take over the minutes. Jermaine
Miller is transferring from Drexel. The 6-8 forward only averaged 1.2
points and 1.5 rebounds in a limited role for Drexel.
Who’s In: Frank Elegar is a great pick up for Drexel. He will fight
for the starting spot to replace Whitworth in the frontcourt. The 6-8, 200
pound, Bronx native is an all around solid player. Even if he doesn’t get
the starting gig, Elegar will see some quality minutes his freshman year.
Guard Randy Hampton will also be joining the Dragons for the 2004-2005
Who to Watch: Drexel has lots of players to keep an eye on, but Sean
Brooks is the returning leading scorer. The 6-6 forward averaged 14.4
points, 5.9 boards, 1.8 assists and nearly one block per game as a junior.
Those numbers could very well all go up for his senior campaign. He may be
undersized as far as height is concerned, but at 250 pounds, Brooks is a big
presence under the basket. Head coach James Flint needs Brooks to stay out
of foul trouble. He had at least four fouls in 16 of 29 games and was only
able to average 24.3 minutes per game. It’s not just on the defensive end
where Brooks needs to be wiser. Last year he averaged 2.7 turnovers per
game. Once again the poor decision making needs to improve. Brooks has the
physical prowess to be a big time player, but he needs to become a senior
leader in order to take the Dragons to the next level.
Projected Conference Rank: Drexel will be solid again and surpass
their NIT season of a year ago with a 1st place finish in the CAA and a trip
to the NCAAs. Virginia Commonwealth, Old Dominion, Hofstra and George Mason
will all be vying for that top spot as well, but the Dragons return too much
firepower to not be the favorites.
Projected Post-season Tournament: NCAA
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