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Brigham Young-Hawaii Gets D2 Bulletin Nod
| 10-11-2009

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BEAVERTON, Oregon-2009 West Regional finalist Brigham Young-Hawaii is the top team in the 2009 Division II Bulletin Preseason Top 25 ranking.

The Seasider (27-2) return All-American Lucas Alves (19.8 ppg, 7.5 rpg) in the post and senior point guard Virgil (J.R.) Buensucesco (11.4 ppg), a Cousy Award finalist last season.  Brigham Young-Hawaii also feature junior Marques Whippy (8.2 ppg, 7.4 rpg) and sophomore Tsung-Hsien (Jet) Chang (12.3 ppg), the PacWest Conference Freshman of the Year.

"This is the first time a team from Hawaii has been ranked No. 1 in our preseason Top 25," said Gary Rubin, publisher of Division II Bulletin.  "It was a difficult decision, but we felt BYU-Hawaii as the talent to carry onto the national stage."

Right behind at No. 2 is defending national champion Findlay, which returns two starters.  Rounding out the top five are Southwest Baptist, national runner-up Cal Poly-Pomona and Bellarmine.

The second five includes Tusculum, Merrimack, Augusta State, Florida Southern and Bentley.

Division II Bulletin has selected a preseason Top 25 every year since 1991.

Division II Bulletin
Preseason Top 25
1-Brigham Young-Hawaii
2-Findlay
3-Southwest Baptist
4-Cal Poly-Pomona
5-Bellarmine
6-Tusculum
7-Merrimack
8-Augusta State
9-Florida Southern
10-Bentley
11-Valdosta State
12-Southwest Minnesota
13-Metropolitan State
14-Central Missouri
15-Winona State
16-Kutztown
17-Central Oklahoma
18-Grand Valley State
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

(Source Division II Bulletin)


 

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