Last season, Dayton took College Basketball by surprise, who can be this year’s Dayton.

Last year it seemed like destiny that Dayton would be National Champions… at least in my heart. Last year there was a team from the A-10 not named Dayton that could have made some noise in the tournament and that was the Richmond Spiders were that team and man THEY WERE FUN to watch yes, I capitalized it but I want you guys to pay attention this season. They went 24-7 with wins against Big Ten Champion. Oh and let’s talk about this they return their entire starting lineup more than likely.

PG- Jacob Gilyard (Testing Waters) – Gilyard shot 36% from three, had 12 PPG, 3 RPG, and 5 APG. He’s a very good all-around player who can run an offense. His defense is a major factor as well, despite his small 5’9” frame

SG Blake Francis (Testing Waters) – Francis had 17 PPG last season, while shooting 41% from two and 36% from three. He could be a bit more efficient but that’s not bad at all. He is the clear leader of the team.

SF- Nick Sherod – Sherod is a small wing, but an elite shooter (42% from three), you can put him out there and deal with the limited size. He feels like more of a 2 guard, but he’s a very good player.

PF- Nathan Cayo – Cayo is your protypical glue-guy that every good team needs. For Dayton it was Ryan Mikesell, for 2018-19 UVA it was Mamadi Diakite. He’s exactly that 8 PPG and 5 RPG type player that is also a good defender.

C- Grant Golden (Testing Waters) – Golden is a really good player, he had 13 PPG and 6 RPG. That rebound number should see a tick up and if he can stay healthy, he can be the an A-10 First Team guy.

Bench- Tyler Burton, Connor Crabtree, Dijmon Bailey, Andre Gustavson, Andre Weir Isaiah Wilson.

This is a really talented team that is built to win. They have shooters with Gilyard, Francis, and Sherod, along with Tulane Transfer Connor Crabtree he could be the biggest X-Factor for the team. Crabtree is a 36% 3pt shooter and was only a Freshman. He can be the bench piece they need. Guards and Veteran leadership is what carries teams in March and they have all 3 things. You look at UVA 2018-19 Guards/Experience with Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy, Mamadi Diakite with experience also Braxton Key, Jack Salt. Then you look at 2017-18 Villanova… Jalen Brunson, Donte DiVencenzo, Mikal Bridges at Guard. Veteran leadership with Brunson, Eric Paschall, Omari Spellman, and Phil Booth. That bench had Donte DiVencenzo, a young Collin Gillespie. By that logic I have Richmond has ALL of the ingredients for a deep NCAA Tournament run.

A full deep-dive on the A-10 will come this week, but obviously Richmond is the team to beat by a country mile. I project the A-10 to be a 3-bid league but that’s for (@bracketologist3) to decide, so pay attention to him. Look for this Richmond team to be really good this season and make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament.

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