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Navy Men's Basketball Team Receives Preseason Accolades

Oct. 15, 2009

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- With the official start of basketball just around the corner, several outlets have honored the Navy men's basketball team in their respective preseason publications. Most notably, / Yahoo Sports has picked the Midshipmen to finish third in its preseason poll, with senior guard Chris Harris being selected as the preseason Player of the Year.

The Mids have ranked anywhere from third to seventh in the various preseason polls, highlighted by the selection by / Yahoo Sports. Below are snippets of what the preseason magazines have to say:

• / Yahoo Sports (3rd) -- The run-and-gun Midshipmen should be the best of the three service academies this season. When it comes to entertainment value, there's no contest in the Patriot League. Navy and its fast-paced offense is a treat to watch. In addition, Chris Harris was named a preseason first-team selection and league MVP, while junior center Mark Veazey was selected as a second-team honoree.

• Athlon's (5th) -- Luckily for the Mids, Chris Harris returns to lead an offense that averaged a league-best 71.0 points per game last season. Center Mark Veazey showed marked improvement on the offensive end, shooting 54 percent from the field. Harris was picked as a first-team selection on the preseason team.

• Blogging The (6th) -- The good news is that second leading scorer Chris Harris, a 6-2 guard who averaged more than 15 points per contest is back. So is defensive stalwart Romeo Garcia, who missed most of last season with hamstring problems. Garcia will help bolster the defense, and if Navy can replace (Kaleo) Kina and (Adam) Teague's scoring, they can replicate their average from last season (71 ppg) and finish quite a bit higher in the standings.



• Lindy's (7th) -- The Midshipmen wear opponents down with defense, but so much rests on Romeo Garcia's overcoming hamstring injuries that limited him to just nine games last year. His defense prowess and versatility makes teammates better. Chris Harris is the league's top returning scorer, but coach Billy Lange, whose teams have been guard oriented, looks for production from his froncourt in 6-11 junior center Mark Veazey. Harris was picked as a first-team selection on the preseason team.

• The Sporting News (7th) -- Chris Harris was selected as the "sixth man".

In addition,'s college basketball writer Jeff Goodman has named Chris Harris as the 21st-best shooter in the country, the only player named in the Patriot League, in his rundown of the country's top 50. This is what Goodman had to say about Harris: He had 85 threes last season and 91 as a sophomore. He has made seven or more four times in his career, including eight last season at Villanova. Over the last 51 games, Harris is 165-of-412 (40 percent).

"He has a tremendous eye for the basket, major confidence and a great feel for getting his shot off." -- Navy coach Billy Lange.

Navy will begin its preparations for the 2009-10 season on Saturday morning at 8:30 am, with the team's first official practice. Navy's opener will be on November 13, at Radford, beginning at 7:00 pm.


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