Darien Walker and Fernandez were joined on the preseason second team all-league squad by Tevonn Walker, who had a great freshman campaign that saw him start 33 of 34 games and score more than 10 points per contest.
The pursuit of the repeat title will start by getting ready during the nonconference season. Drew has challenged the team with a schedule that looks primed to prepare them for a March during November and December. The Crusaders face Iona, Rhode Island, Oregon, Oregon State, and Belmont twice (a perk of the special scheduling relationship that the Bruins have with the Horizon League). The Oregon game looms especially large as the Ducks are expected to be in the hunt for the Pac-12 title, and have an experienced, quick team that will provide a difficult test, but also a strong resume builder. It will be tough to go 6-0 against these six, but it will help to prime the Crusaders for what the NCAA Tournament is likely to throw at them.