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Senior tri-captain forward Tim Jones adds a strong defensive presence, finishing 13th in the NESCAC in blocked shots (0.82/gm) last season.

Jeffs 14th in Preseason Top 25

November 7, 2003

AMHERST, MA - One year removed from posting a school-record 24 wins and advancing to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the first time since 1994, the Amherst College menís basketball team garnered a No. 14 national ranking in the 2003-04 Preseason Top 25, which was announced on Thursday. The Jeffs open their season November 21st at 6 p.m. against visiting non-league foe Gordon College in the first-round of the Ken Wright í52 Memorial Invitational Tournament.

Coming off a 24-5 campaign, Amherst returns 11 players, including senior tri-captain guards Adam Harper (Washington, DC/St. Albans) and John Donovan (Holmdel, NJ/Holmdel) - both two-year starters with a wealth of experience. Harper, the 2003 NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year and a Second-Team All NESCAC pick, led the conference in steals (3.5 spg) and finished sixth in free throw percentage (.794) and 21st in scoring (12.4 ppg) as a junior. Donovan was ninth in three-point FG% (.417) and 10th in three-point field goals made (2.00/gm.), while averaging 9.8 points per game. Junior point guard Ray Corrigan (Queens, NY/Poly Prep) is ready to fill the void left by graduated point guard Ryan Faulkner í03 after finishing fifth in the NESCAC in assist/turnover ratio (2.44) and seventh in assists (3.39 apg) in 2002-03. Fellow junior Russell Lee (Lorton, VA/Hayfield Secondary), a slick left-handed shooter and penetrator, also returns, as does sophomore sharpshooter John Bedford (Ridgewood, NJ/Lawrenceville), who averaged 5.7 points and played in all 29 games as a rookie. Look for sophomore southpaw Keith Zalaski (Simsbury, CT/Simsbury) and senior defensive stopper Frank Perry (Hartford, CT/Loomis Chaffee) - a two-time All-NESCAC forward on the menís soccer team - to contribute as well.

The frontcourt will rely on athleticism, which shouldnít be a problem with the personnel returning. At the top of the list is 6-7 junior forward Andrew Schiel (Wayne, PA/Conestoga), a scoring threat on both the post and the perimeter who finished seventh in the NESCAC in three-point FG% (.429), eighth in blocked shots (1.18 bpg), 11th in free throw percentage (.772) and 22nd in scoring (12.4 ppg) last season. Senior tri-captain forward Tim Jones (Richmond, VA/Governorís School) adds a strong defensive presence, finishing 13th in the NESCAC in blocked shots (0.82/gm) last season. Rangy 6-6 sophomore forward John Casnocha (San Francisco, CA/S.F. University HS) gained valuable experience as a first-year, averaging 2.8 points and 2.6 boards in just under 10 minutes per game, while 6-8 senior center Don Quinn (Princeton, NJ/Montgomery) returns for his final campaign with three years of postseason experience.

Amherst is one of only two NESCAC schools ranked in the preseason Top 25. Defending national champion Williams College heads the list at No. 1.

2003-04 Preseason Top 25
1) Williams (31-1)
2) Gustavus Adolphus (26-7)
3) UW-Stevens Point (24-4)
4) Hanover (27-2)
5) Hampden-Sydney (28-4)
6) Wooster (30-3)
7) Montclair State (23-6)
8) Buena Vista (27-4)
9) Augustana (20-5)
10) Rochester (2-4)
11) Ramapo (26-4)
12) John Carroll (22-7)
13) Trinity (21-8)
14) AMHERST (24-5)
15) Randolph-Macon (28-2)
16) Hope (23-5)
17) Wheaton (18-7)
18) Catholic (24-5)
19) Franklin and Marshall (25-5)
20) Capital (22-6)
21) DeSales (23-7)
22) Wittenberg (20-6)
23) Western Connecticut (20-9)
24) Hamilton (23-6)
25) Maryville (22-5)