Washburn Checks In At 4 In DII Preseason Poll

By: Washburn Sports Information (Posted by J.B. Bauersfeld)
By: Washburn Sports Information (Posted by J.B. Bauersfeld)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Washburn Ichabods, who won both the regular season and tournament titles last season, have been ranked No. 4 in the NABC Top 25 coaches poll released today. Washburn will have its first practice Monday at 2:15 in Lee Arena.

The No. 4 ranking ties the highest ranking for the Ichabods in the preseason poll in the program's history. Washburn was ranked No. 4 in the preseason poll from the 2001-02 season. Washburn was ranked No. 19 in the final NABC poll at the end of last season.

Washburn returns five starters from last season including first team NABC All-American Will McNeill who averaged 20.2 ppg with 5.5 rpg and 2.3 spg. He was also a first team all-region, all-MIAA and all-defensive team seletion. Others starters returning include honorable mention all-MIAA picks in Martin Mitchell and Bobby Chipman as well as Alex North and Zack Riggins. A strong bench of four returning players of Jared Henry, Kyle Wiggins, Christian Ulsaker and Joseph Smith all saw action last season. Leon Flowers, Bryce Simons and Dalton Abel redshirted the 2011-12 season. The Ichabods will have three newcomers in Khai Hutchinson, Evan Robinson and Colton Anderson.

Washburn finished the 2011-12 season with a 25-8 record going 15-5 in MIAA play reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

2012-13 Preseason NABC Coaches Poll
1. West Liberty
2. Franklin Pierce
3. Findlay
4. Washburn
5. Metropolitan State
6. Alabama-Huntsville
7. Colorado School of Mines
8. Western Washington
9. Bellarmine
10. Seattle Pacific
11. Winona State
12. Stonehill
13. Christian Brothers
14. Bloomfield
15. Florida Southern
16. Montevallo
17. Southern Indiana
18. Chico State
19. Northwest Missouri State
20. Indianapolis
21. Barton
22. Midwestern State
23. Saint Leo
24. East Stroudsburg
25. Lincoln Memorial
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