Albion College won five of six games last February and enjoyed a transformational trip to France in the spring, and the Britons hope to those experiences will provide the foundation for a successful 2017-2018 men's basketball season.
Albion will go into the season picked to finish fifth in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association, based on the results of the league's preseason poll released Thursday.
"We are trying to take a bit from what happened last year and really try to build on those things," May said, "We've had seniors in the past, but I don't think we've had the (overall) experience that we have now. It's a core group, and generally it leads to success. It's nice when you don't have to rely on inexperienced players."
Corey Wheeler, a senior guard from Renaissance High School, leads the Britons after achieving all-MIAA status last year. He averaged a shade more than 14 points and 6 rebounds in the 14 games against MIAA rivals last year.
Hope College, the MIAA's 2017 champion, received four votes to finish first and was installed as the favorite over the Alma College and Calvin College squads which received a pair of first place votes each.
Olivet College was picked to finish fourth, followed by Albion and Trine University in a tie for fifth, Kalamazoo College in seventh and Adrian College in eighth.
May has developed a non-league schedule in November and December to prepare the Britons for the rigor of the MIAA slate in January and February. Albion begins the season in Gambier, Ohio, for Nov. 17-18 games against North Coast Athletic Conference members Kenyon College and Ohio Wesleyan University.
Albion's home opener is a Nov. 25 date with the University of Mount Union from the Ohio Athletic Conference.
The Britons home non-league schedule also includes games against Illinois Tech (Dec. 2), Spring Arbor University (Dec. 9) and Aurora University (Dec. 22).
The first night of MIAA play – Jan. 3 – has Albion traveling to Olivet College. The Britons first MIAA home game is a Jan. 6 date against Adrian College.
The complete MIAA men's basketball preseason poll, with first place votes in parenthesis, follows.
- Hope (4) – 45 points
- Alma (2) – 40 points
- Calvin (2) – 39 points
- Olivet – 29 points
- Albion and Trine – 24 points
- Kalamazoo – 16 points
- Adrian – 7 points
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