Boston, Mass.-- UMBC men's basketball was picked to finish second, earning one first-place vote in the annual preseason coaches poll after making their second straight appearance in the title game last year. Senior guard K.J. Jackson (Missouri City, Texas) was named to the Preseason All-Conference Team, as voted on by the coaches.
Defending champion Vermont was unanimously picked to finish atop the conference with eight first-place votes with 64 points. The Retrievers finished with 53 points and one first-place vote in second with Stony Brook (48 pts) and UAlbany (47 pts) rounding out the top four.
Jackson was chosen as one of six members to the Preseason All-Conference Team, as all six earned a spot on an all-conference team a year ago. Last year Jackson averaged 12.8 ppg to go along with 3.1 apg and 2.3 spg. Jackson earned a spot on the America East All-Conference Second Team and All-Defensive Team in his first season with the Retrievers.
2019-20 America East Men's Basketball Preseason Poll
|PLACE||TEAM||POINTS (1st Place Votes)|
2019-20 America East Men's Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team
Andrew Fleming, Sr., Forward - Maine
Cameron Healy, So., Guard - UAlbany
K.J. Jackson, Sr., Guard - UMBC
Anthony Lamb, Sr., Forward - Vermont
Christian Lutete, Sr., Guard - UMass Lowell
Sam Sessoms, So., Guard - Binghamton