Division II Bulletin agrees with all of us: Gannon is a team worth watching this season. The Golden Knights are listed among "Others To Watch" in the 2009-10 Division II Bulletin preseason poll. The publication lists a Top 25 and then 15 "Others" in alphabetical order. I've placed asterisks by PSAC and Atlantic Region notables and a frown next to the school coached by Herb Magee.
Top 25: 1. BYU-Hawaii, 2. Findlay, 3. Southwest Baptist, 4. Cal Poly-Pomona, 5. Bellarmine (Ky.), 6. Tusculum (Tenn.), 7. Merrimack (Mass.), 8. Augusta State (Ga.), 9. Florida Southern, 10. Bentley (Mass.), 11. Valdosta State, 12. Southwest Minnesota, 13. Metropolitan State, 14. Central Missouri, 15. Winona State, 16. Kutztown*, 17. Central Oklahoma, 18. Grand Valley, 19. Philadelphia :(, 20. Northern Kentucky, 21. Delta State, 22. Rollins, 23. Johnson C. Smith*, 24. West Virginia State*, 25. Incarnate Word.
Others To Watch: Barton, Cal State-San Bernardino, Catawba, Christian Brothers, Claflin, Dallas Baptist, Fort Hays State, Gannon*, Massachusetts-Lowell, New Mexico Highlands, Seattle Pacific, Southern Indiana, Tarleton State, South Carolina-Aiken, Virginia Union*.
I'm outraged! There's no way Incarnate Word is better than Claflin and Catawba. And how does New Mexico Highlands not make the Top 25!?!? They're waaaaaay better than most of those ranked teams, especially Merrimack. I make those absurd statements to reinforce my point from last week that these polls are for entertainment purposes only. How do you explain IUP placing #6 in last week's Sporting News poll but not cracking the Top 40 for the DII Bulletin? You don't.
Speaking of IUP, check out their roster when you get a chance (www.iupathletics.com/sports/m-baskbl/mtt/inpa-m-baskbl-mtt.html). Looks like they're loaded. First, they return all-PSAC forwards Darryl Webb and Gerald Brooks plus smooth shooting sophomore Julian Sanders. But the guys who grabbed my attention were DI transfers Scooter Renkin (James Madison), Thomas Young (Maryland-Baltimore County), and 6-foot-9 Akida McLain (Boston College). They've also added a couple junior college transfers -- 5-foot-11 G Kevin Stewart and 6-foot-7 C Willi Estrella.