The Stockton University men's basketball team was picked sixth in the New Jersey Athletic Conference's preseason coaches poll Thursday.
New Jersey City came out as the favorite in the coaches poll, finishing with nine of the 10 first-place votes. Montclair State, picked to finish second, received the other first-place vote, and two-time defending NJAC Tournament champion Ramapo was picked third. Rutgers-Newark, which finished seventh in the poll, was named the conference dark horse, or team to watch.
With a solid core of returning players, Stockton is expected to improve from last season, when it went 15-10 (9-9 NJAC). The Ospreys will open their 2018-19 season Nov. 17 at home against York College of Pennsylvania.
Junior Steven Ferebee was the Ospreys' leading scorer last season, averaging 10.1 points per game (ppg) to go along with 6.1 rebounds.
Jordan Taylor, another returning junior, provided 5.6 ppg as a key reserve player. Classmate Kevin Allen, another key reserve player last season, averaged 3.8 ppg in 16 minutes per game to go along with 2.4 rebounds.
Among the new players on coach Scott Bittner's team will be two players who transferred from other NJAC schools. Keenan Williams averaged 10.0 points at Kean last season. Tariq Baker played 10.2 minutes per game as a reserve at Rutgers-Newark in 2015-16.
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2018-2019 Preseason Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses)
1. New Jersey City (9)
2. Montclair State (1)
5. The College of New Jersey
8. William Paterson