This article is part of our Conference Preview series.
A pessimist's view of the A10 would look something like this: Jaylen Adams? Gone. Jared Terrell? Gone. Peyton Aldridge? Gone. B.J. Johnson? Gone. Justin Tillman? Gone. Joseph Chartouny? Gone? Even Dan Hurley? Gone. Such is life in a high Tier 2 conference. Excellent players are there for a while and are gone before you know it. The good news is that there is plenty of returning and upcoming talent so that the league may get more than one bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Davidson, in particular, is an interesting team. It has an excellent returning backcourt of Kellen Grady (see below) and point guard Jon Axel Gudmundsson. Coach Bob McKillop is not going anywhere and he has led the Wildcats to the Big Dance in four of the last seven seasons. While Davidson has not won a game in that span, it has taken three of the four teams to the wire and lost by seven points or fewer. On paper, the Wildcats look like the favorite again in the A10, but don't count out Saint Louis, Rhode Island (with new coach David Cox), and Saint Joseph's, who hope to remain injury free for the first time in a few seasons.
Center: Grant Golden, Richmond Spiders
The pivot for the Spiders has been a source of fantasy goodness for the last five seasons. Richmond had three productive years of T.J. Cline before the 6-foot-10 Golden took over the high-post passing spot for coach Chris Mooney. As a freshman, Golden lead