Preseason A-10 Power Rankings

BillikenReport.com's Ben Weixlmann unveils his preseason power rankings for the Atlantic 10. Where does SLU figure into the mix? Find out below!

With the new sixteen-team Atlantic 10 configuration, the league is sure to provide some of the most excitement in college basketball throughout the 2012-13 season.

As many as six teams have a real shot at bringing home the regular season conference championship, expect lots of hard-fought games night-in and night-out from around the league.

Without further ado, I release my first edition of the A-10 Power Rankings.

1. Massachusetts. Chaz Williams is back, right? Just checking. If you watched the Minutemen last season, their pint-sized PG showed you what this team can do.

2. SLU. Rick Majerus is gone. Kwamain Mitchell is injured. Formidable core of Evans, Ellis, McCall, Jett, and Loe returns. Crews has players.

3. VCU. Shaka's bunch brings back some studs from an NCAA berth a year ago. It's a step up from the CAA, but the Rams are fit for a title run.

4. St. Joe's. The Hawks bring back the full crew. Martelli will be pleased what he gets out of Jones, Aiken and Galloway. Can Kanacevic stay on the court?

5. Temple. Wyatt is the A-10's best and Scootie Randall returns from being sidelined. The Owls will make noise before heading to the Big East.

6. Butler. Clarke and Dunham will be a treat to watch, but this is a tough league. The loss of Chrishawn Hopkins' will hurt more than most think.

7. La Salle. Doc Giannini has a very talented group and will be on the cusp of the upper-crust. Don't sleep on this squad. They could shake up the top.

8. Dayton. Kevin Dillard is one of the best in the business. Kavanaugh's loss is a pain, but getting Josh Benson back in the fold is a plus.

9. Richmond. Can you say sleeper? Love me some Darien Brothers and Derrick Williams. Kendall Anthony is the reigning Rookie of the Year, too.

10. Xavier. Offseason of Hell. Holloway? Gone. Lyons? Gone. Wells? Gone. Semaj Christon is an animal, though. He's worth price of admission.

11. St. Bonaventure. Conger is a big-time baller and conquering Olean is no easy task, but Andrew Nicholson currently plays in The Association. 'Nuff said.

12. Charlotte. Alan Major's hairli...sorry, I'll stop. Braswell is an All-A10 talent, Henry's great, and Thompson will step in to help. Not much else.

13. GW. Yet another season of tough sledding ahead for Lonergan in DC. I like Pellom and Kromah. These aren't your '05-'06 Colonials, though.

14. Fordham. Chris Gaston is an underrated star in The Big Apple, but the rest of the Rams are nothing to write home about.

15. URI. Danny Hurley takes over a program in difficult shape. The future looks bright, but frosh Jordan Hare is the only reason to tune in for now.

16. Duquesne. Man, this team is atrocious. Like really, really bad. Jim Ferry is in for a long year. That's being nice, too.

Do you agree/disagree? Share your thoughts with me on Twitter at @BWeixScout!

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