Team preview: Fordham

Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2004-05 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.

Updated: October 19, 2004, 6:03 PM ET
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After last year's 6-22 record, second-year Fordham coach Dereck Whittenberg realizes that the mess that Bob Hill left him won't be cleaned up overnight. In fact, it could take years. Think we're exaggerating? We're not.

Whittenberg's two best players from last season, 6-8 Michael Haynes (18.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg), a third-team All-Atlantic-10 performer, and 6-5 Mark Jarrell-Wright (11.6 ppg), have exhausted their college eligibility. Then, Whittenberg let his next-best player, outside shooter John Blackgrove (14.2 ppg in an injury-shortened 2003-04 season), transfer out of the Bronx to Fairleigh Dickinson.