Oct. 8, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Colorado State men’s basketball team has been predicted to finish sixth in the Mountain West standings, it was revealed Tuesday morning when the league released its annual preseason media poll in conjunction with a two-day Media Day event at the conference headquarters.
The Rams, who enter the 2013-14 season looking to extend a school record with five straight postseason appearances, received 142 points from the voting panel comprised of select media that cover the Mountain West.
New Mexico (263) was picked first, receiving 23 of 24 first-place votes. UNLV and Boise State tied for second with 214 points. The Runnin’ Rebels also earned one first-place vote. San Diego State (212) and league newcomer Utah State (156) round out the top 5.
Rival Wyoming (112), Fresno State (96), Nevada (84), Air Force and conference newcomer San Jose State (30) finished 7-11, respectively in the poll.
The Rams will have a new look entering the 2013-14 campaign, having graduated all five starters from a squad that earned back-to-back NCAA tournament berths in 2012 and 2013.
However, CSU returns reigning Mountain West Sixth Man of the Year Daniel Bejarano, and backcourt mate Jon Octeus, while reserve forward Gerson Santo looks to have a bigger impact stepping in for NBA draft pick Colton Iverson. The Rams also welcome back Dwight Smith who sat out the 2012-13 campaign as a healthy redshirt, taking the year to develop in his first season under Eustachy and his staff.
Colorado State has also added a crop of talented and extremely athletic newcomers, led by former Navy standout junior forward J.J. Avila who will be immediately eligible to play for the Rams after spending his freshman and sophomore years (2010-12) on the court for the Midshipmen. Avila averaged 15.9 points and 7.2 rebounds per game in his final season with Navy before sitting out last year.
The Rams have also added three talented true freshmen to the roster in high-flying Colorado recruit Carlton Hurst, skilled Chicago-area scorer David Cohn, and Enrico Bueno, who comes to CSU with an extensive international background as a member of the Brazilian U15, U17 and U18 national teams. The Rams recruiting class also includes athletic big man Marcus Holt, who returns to his native Colorado after a two-year stint at Paris Junior College in Paris, Texas.
The Rams will also develop a trio of players with an eye toward the future, as three Division I transfers will redshirt in 2013-14: junior forward Dantiel Daniels (Southern Illinois), sophomore guard John Gillon (UALR) and senior forward Stanton Kidd (North Carolina Central).
MW Media Days
Colorado State men’s basketball head coach Larry Eustachy is scheduled to be on hand for Day 2 of the Mountain West men’s basketball media day activities at the conference headquarters in Colorado Springs.
Wednesday’s participants are Eustachy, Rodney Terry (Fresno State), Steve Fisher (San Diego State), Dave Rice (UNLV) and Larry Shyatt (Wyoming).
Dave Pilipovich (Air Force), Leon Rice (Boise State, David Carter (Nevada), Craig Neal (New Mexico), Dave Wojcik (San Jose State) and former Rams’ head coach Stew Morrill (Utah State) will participate on Tuesday.
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