Team preview: LaSalle

Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2003-04 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.

Updated: November 6, 2003, 12:32 PM ET
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If you were buying futures of A-10 teams, then La Salle would be a hot stock.

The reason? The recruiting prowess of third-year Explorers coach Billy Hahn, who tapped into his old University of Maryland relationships to land the sensational young backcourt of Gary Neal, the 2002-2003 A-10 Rookie of the Year, and Jermaine Thomas, a top-shelf rookie in his own right last winter. Hahn went to Calvert Hall High in Baltimore, the same high school where he once nabbed current Washington Wizards guard Juan Dixon, to land Neal. Hahn also lured the 6-2 Thomas out of the familiar halls of Thomas Johnson (Md.) High School (the same school from which Hahn once landed Terrence Morris).