St. Bonaventure Bonnies picked to finish fourth in Atlantic 10; Lofton, Osunniyi land on all-conference teams

By CHUCKIE MAGGIO

Atlantic 10 observers expect St. Bonaventure to be in double-bye contention once again this season.

The Bonnies were picked to finish fourth in the league in the 2020-21 season by a panel of the league’s head coaches and select media members.

Richmond is the preseason favorite, earning 19 of the 28 first-place votes. Saint Louis is the projected runner-up, garnering seven first-place votes, while Dayton received two first-place votes and was predicted third.

Not far behind the Flyers, Bonaventure tallied 307 vote points to Dayton’s 318. Duquesne, Rhode Island and Davidson rounded out the top half of the rankings.

Bona junior guard Kyle Lofton, an all-conference First Team pick in March, landed on the preseason Second Team. Junior center Osun Osunniyi made the Third Team and All-Defense.

This season marks just the fourth time since 1999 that the Bonnies have had multiple preseason All-Atlantic 10 honorees and the first time the program has done it in back-to-back years, according to the St. Bonaventure athletic communications department. Lofton and Osunniyi were both also recognized last year. The previous Bona duos to be honored were Tim Winn and Caswell Cyrus in 1999 and Jaylen Adams and Matt Mobley in 2017.

PRESEASON POLL

1. Richmond (19) 380
2. Saint Louis (7) 364
3. Dayton (2) 318
4. St. Bonaventure 307
5. Duquesne 278
6. Rhode Island 246
7. Davidson 229
8. Massachusetts 192
9. VCU 175
10. George Mason 133
11. George Washington 113
12. Saint Joseph’s 85
13. La Salle 80
14. Fordham 40

PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM            

Player School Yr. Pos. Hgt. PPG RPG APG
Kellan Grady Davidson Sr. G 6-5 17.2 4.2 2.5
Jalen Crutcher Dayton Sr. G 6-1 15.1 3.2 4.9
Tre Mitchell Massachusetts So. C 6-9 17.7 7.2 1.9
Fatts Russell Rhode Island Sr. G 5-10 18.8 3.4 4.6
Jacob Gilyard Richmond Sr. G 5-9 12.7 3.1 5.7
Jordan Goodwin Saint Louis Sr. G 6-3 15.5 10.4 3.1

PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM                                                                                                 

Player School Yr. Pos. Hgt. PPG RPG APG
Marcus Weathers Duquesne Sr. F 6-5 14.3 8.1 1.7
Blake Francis Richmond Gr. G 6-0 17.7 2.2 2.0
Grant Golden Richmond Gr. F 6-10 13.4 6.9 3.4
Kyle Lofton St. Bonaventure Jr. G 6-3 14.1 2.6 6.0
Ryan Daly Saint Joseph’s R-Sr. G 6-5 20.6 6.8 4.3
Hasahn French Saint Louis Sr. F 6-7 12.4 10.4 2.3

PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM                                                                                                      

Player School Yr. Pos. Hgt. PPG RPG APG
Sincere Carry Duquesne Jr. G 6-1 12.2 3.9 5.3
Javon Greene George Mason Sr. G 6-2 13.8 5.6 2.6
AJ Wilson George Mason R-Sr. F 6-7 12.2 7.4 1.0
Osun Osunniyi St. Bonaventure Jr. F/C 6-10 10.8 8.4 1.2
Javonte Perkins Saint Louis Sr. G/F 6-6 15.0 3.5 0.7
Nah’Shon “Bones” Hyland VCU So. G 6-3 9.0 2.2 1.8

PRESEASON ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM                                                                                                                          

Player School Yr. Pos. Hgt. PPG SPG BPG
AJ Wilson George Mason R-Sr. F 6-7 12.2 0.6 2.9
Jacob Gilyard Richmond Sr. G 5-9 12.7 3.2 0.2
Osun Osunniyi St. Bonaventure Jr. F/C 6-10 10.8 0.7 2.5
Hasahn French Saint Louis Sr. F 6-7 12.4 1.0 2.6
Jordan Goodwin Saint Louis Sr. G 6-3 15.5 2.1 0.2

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