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BAY CITY, Mich.—The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) unveiled its annual Preseason Men's Basketball Coaches' Poll in conjunction with the launch of the conference's media day central website Wednesday (Oct. 28).
The Storm is slated to finish sixth in the GLIAC South Division.
Ashland University is projected to win the division, receiving 103 points and eight first-place votes. The University of Findlay finished just behind Ashland in the poll, receiving 102 points and five first-place votes. Walsh University received the final three first-place votes as they earned 99 points to project in third. Wayne State University is projected to finish fourth with 60 points, followed by Ohio Dominican in fifth with 45 points. The Storm was just behind the Panthers with 44 points. Tiffin University is projected to finish seventh with 42 points, followed by Malone University in eighth with 25 points.
Saginaw Valley State University is projected to finish first in the North Division, receiving 13 first-place votes.
Bosley was second on the team last season averaging 12.0 points per game, shooting 47.6% from the field including 44.4% from the three-point line. He also averaged 4.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. He scored in double digits 19 times.
Howard averaged 7.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game last season. He hit 40.9% of his shots from the field. Howard scored in double digits seven times.
The complete conference poll, along with video interviews from each coach can be found on the GLIAC Media Day website.
The Lake Erie College men's basketball team looks to carry momentum over from the end of last season where they closed the season with four straight wins, including one over 2015 South Division Champion Ashland University. Leading the way for the Storm will be Preseason All-GLIAC Second-Team selections Bosley and Howard along with a cast of returning players who saw significant time last season. Junior Nick Wells made 11 starts, appearing in every game last season. He was tied with Howard for third on the team with 7.6 points per game, hitting 43.1% of his threes. Senior Roy Alexander had a solid all-around 2014-15, averaging 6.4 points3.7 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game.
The Storm welcome four freshmen to the team this year, guards Brogan Scott and Chase Jackson, forward Mitch Loomis and center David Dunnigan. At the helm of the Storm for his 11th season is Cliff Hunt.