Checking In Around The Rest Of The A-10

By Andy Jasner - October 25, 2007


ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- The Atlantic-10 is filled with talented players. But some of these players don't get the recognition on a national level.

Let's start with George Washington senior guard Maureece Rice, who led the Colonials in scoring (16.2 ppg) last season.

"Maureece is so quick and has a knack for being in the right place at the right time," George Washington coach Karl Hobbs said. "He's gotten better every year. I think the same thing will happen this year."

How about Dayton's Brian Roberts?

He was third in the A-10 in scoring (18.5 ppg), second in 3-point shooting (.458), second in free throw percentage (.899), second in minutes played (35.42) and ninth in field goal shooting (.464).

"From an opposing coach's perspective, he's tough to guard against," said Massachusetts coach Travis Ford. "He does everything well and he's such a smooth player. He should have an outstanding season."

A similar situation exists at Fordham with senior forward Bryant Dunston. The 6-foot-8 Dunston averaged 14.5 points and 7.2 rebounds per game while blocking 71 shots last season.

"He's tough to move out of the low block," Richmond coach Chris Mooney said. "He's got a soft touch and he can go get the basketball. That's a very good combination."

In Philadelphia, junior Dionte Christmas is on the cusp of a breakout junior season for the Temple Owls.

Christmas poured in 20 points per game last season and really developed under coach Fran Dunphy.

"Dionte has plenty of ability and he's willing to work at it," Dunphy said. "It's a matter of consistency with Dionte. You want to see it every night. I think he's ready for the type of season we expect and he expects."

Posted by Andy Jasner at 03:12 PM on October 25, 2007
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