Many Vermont basketball fans may have hit the panic button this summer when it was announced that scoring leader and America East Rookie of the Year Four McGylnn was transferring to Towson to be closer to home.
Although there was good reason to be concerned, considering that he led the team in scoring, averaging 12 points a game, head coach John Becker has reason optimistic about the 2012-13 season.
In his first season, Becker led Vermont to a 24-12 record and the No. 2 seed in the America East Tournament. After barely escaping the upstart Hartford Hawks in the semifinals, the Catamounts did what they do best, gutting out a defensive slugfest and winning an ugly 51-43 contest against Stony Brook, the conference regular-season champion, to capture their fifth NCAA berth in the last nine years.
That win further cemented Vermont's position as the class of the America East.
And despite the loss of McGlynn and last year's captain Matt Glass, the Catamounts have added quality depth to a roster that already went 11 deep last year, making them the team to beat once again in the America East.
Here are the reasons why.