2. Quinnipiac: The Bobcats have arguably the best inside-outside tandem in the NEC in guard James Feldeine and forward Justin Rutty.
3. Long Island University: The Blackbirds will be led by the best backcourt in the league in Jaytornah Wisseh and Kyle Johnson.
4. Robert Morris: The defending champs return three starters, and forward Rob Robinson looks like the next Colonials' star.
5. Central Connecticut State: The Blue Devils could be a sleeper; they return all five starters, namely Ken Horton and Shemik Thompson.
6. St. Francis (N.Y.): If Kayode Ayeni returns completely from injury, he and Ricky Cadell form an outstanding inside-outside duo.
7. Sacred Heart: The Pioneers will likely take a step back this season, but Corey Hassan and Chauncey Hardy make a nice backcourt.
8. Monmouth: Whitney Coleman returns from injury in the backcourt, and big man Travis Taylor anchors a formidable frontcourt.
9. Fairleigh Dickinson: Interim coach Greg Vetrone inherits a team that has had 20-plus losses two years in a row -- but returns Sean Baptiste.
10. St. Francis (Pa.): The Red Flash are coming off of a last-place finish; swingman Devin Sweetney needs to carry them this season.
11. Wagner: Look for the Seahawks to take a big fall in the standings this season after losing four starters from a 16-win team.
Bryant: Not eligible for the postseason yet, the Bulldogs will try to improve on their eight-win total from a season ago.
Player of the Year: Jeremy Goode, G, Mount St. Mary's
G- Jeremy Goode, Mount St. Mary's
G- James Feldeine, Quinnipiac
G- Sean Baptiste, Fairleigh Dickinson
G- Jaytornah Wisseh, Long Island University
F- Justin Rutty, Quinnipiac
G/F- Devin Sweetney, St. Francis (Pa.)
F- Kayode Ayeni, St. Francis (N.Y.)