The nine coaches of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) have selected Chapman University as the favorite for the 2016-17 men’s basketball regular season.
In the preseason coaches’ poll, in which coaches were permitted to vote for themselves, Chapman received seven first place votes. The Panthers posted a 20-7 overall record last season going 12-4 in the conference before winning the conference postseason tournament.
Recently named a preseason All-American by D3Hoops.com Cam Haslam returns to lead Chapman in his sophomore season. Last year, Haslam averaged 19.5 points per game in his first season and was recognized as the Athlete of the Year in the conference, one of the best players in the region and the best freshman in the nation.
Head Coach Mike Bokosky is in his 24th season with the Panthers has achieved back-to-back SCIAC regular season titles in 2014-15 and 2015-16. Last year, Chapman won its second SCIAC Tournament title and made its fourth trip to the NCAA Tournament in the last seven years. The Panthers have reached the SCIAC Tournament championship game the past three seasons, winning it in 2014 and 2016.
What attributes to the Panthers success is simple. Coach Bokosky says, "I like my team. I always like my team and we have good expectations for this year.”
In a tight following, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps holds the No. 2 spot in the poll receiving two first-place votes of their own. Pomona-Pitzer is predicted to finish the regular season in third and Redlands in fourth. Tied in the No. 5 spot are Caltech and Cal Lutheran. Whittier, La Verne and Occidental close out the poll at ranking spots 7-9.
The 2016-17 SCIAC season opens on Wednesday, November 30 with the SCIAC men's basketball postseason tournament scheduled for February 23 & 25, 2017.
2016-17 SCIAC Men's Basketball Preseason Poll
|1. Chapman University (7)
|2. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (2)
|4. University of Redlands|
|5t.California Institute of Technology|
|5t.California Lutheran University|
|7. Whittier College|
|8. University of La Verne|
|9. Occidental College|
|(#) Denotes First Place Votes