St. Bonaventure feature three preseason all-conference selections: Kyle Lofton; Osun Osunniyi; and Jaren Holmes. Those three players have scored 2,544 points at the college level.
The preseason favorite has not finished in the top five the last three seasons and has not won the regular-season title since 2018 (Rhode Island), though St. Bonaventure may have the best roster in Schmidt’s 15 seasons.
St. Bonaventure is the only A-10 program to record double-digit victories the last seven seasons in the A-10. Since the 2014-15 season, it has 83 league victories, trailing only Dayton (90).
“When we when we started this thing, the program was down and it was down a lot,” Schmidt said. “We wanted to just try to get our head above water the first couple years and and build this thing the right way by bringing in character kids, kids that that can graduate from St. Bonaventure and kids that love to play. My assistants have done a great job in finding kids under the radar — not the top 100 player. They’ve done a great job in evaluating talent.”
A-10 preseason poll: 1. St. Bonaventure (28 first-place votes), 392; 2. Richmond, 359 3. Saint Louis, 325; 4. VCU, 288; 5. Dayton, 274; 6. Davidson, 260; 7. Rhode Island, 231; 8. George Mason, 158; 9. Massachusetts, 147; 10. Saint Joseph’s, 144; 11. Duquesne, 129; 12. La Salle, 105; 13. George Washington, 96. 14. Fordham, 32.
First team: Hyunjung Lee, Davidson; Jacob Gilyard, Richmond; Grant Golden, Richmond; Osun Osunniyi, St. Bonaventure; Kyle Lofton, St. Bonaventure; Javonte Perkins, Saint Louis.
Second team: James Bishop, George Washington; Tyler Burton, Richmond; Jaren Holmes, St. Bonaventure; Taylor Funk, Saint Joseph’s; Jordan Hall, Saint Joseph’s; Vince Williams, VCU.
Third team: Luka Brajkovic, Davidson; Mustapha Amzil, Dayton; Toumani Camara, Dayton; Josh Oduro, George Mason; Jeremy Sheppard, Rhode Island; Yuri Collins, Saint Louis.
All-defensive team: Makhel Mitchell, Rhode Island; Jacob Gilyard, Richmond; Osun Osunniyi, St. Bonaventure; Yuri Collins, Saint Louis; Hason Ward, VCU.