Going into the 2015-2016 season, the Atlantic 10 looks wide open at the top. There have been notable defections of players and coaches and a new crop of freshman and transfers are on their way to help. However after the top tier of teams, there is a steep drop-off that may result in a weaker resume for the tournament hopefuls. Here is how I see the rankings shaking out.

  1. Dayton Flyers– This team may struggle slightly in the early going with the suspension to Dyshawn Pierre, but with Scoochie Smith and Kendall Pollard back, along with Darrell Davis and freshman stud Ryan Mikesell, this team will be tough to beat.
  2. Rhode Island Rams– Tough break for the Rams with Matthews being out for the year. This team was absolutely stacked with Matthews. Without him, they still have a very talented roster. Four McGlynn gives them the shooter they didn’t have last season, and Iverson and Martin down low on defense, as well as the pick and roll will be dynamic. I would have picked them first before Matthews’ injury.
  3. Davidson Wildcats– Guard Jack Gibbs is a great shooter and paired with senior guard Jordan Barham and junior guard Brian Sullivan they are loaded in the backcourt. As always defense in the paint will be a problem.
  4. VCU Rams– This team will not be as good without Shaka Smart coaching IT, but it still has Mo-Alie Cox and Melvin Johnson. Frontcourt depth could be a problem.
  5. George Washington Colonials– They run hot and cold and do not always play to their potential, but with Kevin Larsen, Patricio Garino and Joe McDonald they should be able to stave off the inconsistencies that plagued them in years’ past.
  6. Richmond Spiders
  7. Saint Joseph’s Hawks
  8. La Salle Explorers
  9. St. Bonaventure Bonnies
  10. Massachusetts Minutemen
  11. Duquesne Dukes
  12. Saint Louis Bilikens
  13. George Mason Patriots
  14. Fordham Rams