Springfield, Mass. - October 15, 2018 - A season removed from reaching the NCAA Division III Championship Final Four, the Springfield College men's basketball team will enter the 2018-19 campaign ranked seventh in the nation according to the D3hoops.com Preseason National Poll.
It marks the highest-ever Division III preseason ranking in program history as expectations are lofty for a Springfield team that put together a historic postseason run a season ago. Last year, the Pride captured its first-ever outright New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular-season title and totaled the most NEWMAC wins in program history. After receiving one of 21 at-large bids in to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament, the Pride rattled off four postseason wins, including three over nationally-ranked teams, to reach the Final Four before falling to the eventual national champion in overtime. Springfield concluded the 2017-18 season ranked fourth in the final D3hoops.com National Poll.
Head coach Charlie Brock, who was honored with the 2018 Glenn Robinson Award, presented annually to the top Division III coach in the nation, will lead a Springfield squad that returns over 70% of its scoring from a season ago and will be paced by the trio of Jake Ross (Northampton, Mass.), Heath Post (Cheshire, Conn.), and Cam Earle (South Hadley, Mass.). Ross totaled the second-most made field goals (274) in the country last season and posted 17 double doubles as he averaged 24.8 points and 9.8 rebounds en route to earning D3hoops.com Second Team All-America honors. Post returns for his junior campaign after earning NEWMAC All-Conference honors and putting up 12.6 points and 9.2 rebounds a contest, while Earle enters his senior season after burying 71 three-pointers and being a key deep threat for an offense that ranked 26th nationally in three-point field goals made (281).
Springfield will open up the season on November 8 when it clashes with local-foe Western New England for a 7 pm tilt.