What we know: The Midshipmen closed last season with 22 straight losses on the way to a 3-26 record. Second-year Coach Ed DeChellis said he hasn’t mentioned the nation’s longest active losing streak to his players, preferring to concentrate on “looking forward” with a freshman class that’s almost certain to include immediate starters. Point guard Tillman Dunbar (Paul VI) has been among the most impressive freshmen during the preseason.
What we don’t know: As encouraging as this season’s freshmen may be, it’s unclear how the Midshipmen will fare without a senior on the roster. Navy has 14 years combined college experience among its 18 players, and it’s the first time DeChellis has coached a team without a senior. Because of Navy’s collective youth, players such as junior Isaiah Roberts and sophomore Worth Smith will have that much more responsibility providing leadership.
Prediction: The addition of a handful of talented freshmen, including three from Northern Virginia, should be enough for the Midshipmen to avoid another 0-14 record in the Patriot League. As far as substantial progress, it’s going to take at least several seasons and an influx of skilled recruits before Navy is able to contend for much more in the league.
— Gene Wang
|23||Prairie View A&M*||3:30|
|7||at Mount St. Mary’s||7|
|5||at Norfolk State||5|
|12||at Holy Cross||7|
|6, 9, 13||Patriot League tournament||TBD|
*South Padre Island Invitational in Texas.