Over the last few seasons, CAA Basketball has had some of the best overall players in the country. Nathan Knight of William & Mary, Justin Wright-Foreman of Hofstra and Marcus Thornton of William & Mary are the players who have played or are currently playing in the NBA from the conference. Former James Madison player Matt Lewis seems to be joining these individuals as he currently has a deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The league is also a popular place for power coaches to come and scout the players currently playing in the league and do whatever it takes to crib a star player from a list. Conversely, the league is also a popular destination for players from a smaller conference to essentially transfer and play in a better league. As the league’s best players move on to better conferences or pro ball, and some teams have greater scholarship flexibility to add more players from other conferences, it helps keep the league competitive and prevents a team from becoming a dynasty.
James Madison Dukes went from one of the worst teams in the country in 2019-2020 as they only won nine games. Last season, they were Colonial Champions in the regular season and had the Colonial Athletic Association player of the year in Matt Lewis. The Dukes were bored of the conference tournament, so they were not part of the March Madness event, but it was a great turnaround.
This season, Lewis is no longer on campus, but the keys to the offense are going to go to another player who was a giant piece for Duke’s last season. Vado Morse enters his redshirt junior season as one of the most exciting players in the league and has a chance to add his name to those players from the conference who have the opportunity to hear their name called in the NBA draft this offseason.