The two-time defending North Atlantic Conference Husson University men’s basketball team was a unanimous choice to make it three in a row in a vote among the league’s coaches.
The Eagles received all 10 first-place votes and 100 points.
Colby-Sawyer (N.H.) was second with 79 points and Castleton (Vt.) and Waterville’s Thomas College tied for third with 66 points. Lyndon State (Vt.) was fifth with 57 followed by the University of Maine-Farmington (55), New England College (45), Johnson State (39), Green Mountain (27) and Maine Maritime Academy of Castine (16).
Husson has won four of the last five NAC Tournament titles and has compiled a league regular season record of 76-14 over the past five seasons. The Eagles are 108-34 overall during that time.
Husson posted a second consecutive 21-7 season last year and was 16-2 in NAC regular season play. The Eagles lost to No. 3 Babson (Mass.) in their NCAA Division III Tournament first round game 92-76.
Warren Caruso, in his 24th year as the head coach at Husson, has a strong nucleus headlined by 2016-17 NAC Player of the Year Raheem Anderson and Defensive Player of the Year Justin Martin.
Anderson, a senior guard from Miramar, Florida averaged 26.3 points, 4 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.4 steals per game a year ago.
Martin, a junior forward from Winslow, averaged 7.9 ppg, 10.3 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots.
Anderson was a first team All-NAC selection and Martin was a second teamer.
The Eagles also return senior guard Mitch Worcester from Washburn (14 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.7 apg) along with sophomore center Bruce St. Peter from Ellsworth (4.5 ppg, 3 rpg), sophomore forward Justin Smith from Bangor (4 ppg, 2.7 rpg) and sophomore guard Jake Black from Hampden (2.2 ppg).
Transfer Kyanti Blyden, a junior, is among the Eagle newcomers along with freshmen Cole Thomas, Corey Kaiser and D.J. Bussey. Blyden, Thomas and Kaiser are Floridians while Bussey is from Arizona. All four are guards.
The Eagles will open the season on Saturday when they travel to take on St. Joseph’s College in Standish at 3 p.m. Their home opener will be against Thomas on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 7:30 p.m.