With so many unknowns outside of three returning starters, C-USA coaches voted the Miners sixth in the 2016-17 preseason poll released by the conference today.
For the first time in a while, UTEP also did not have any players voted to the all-conference preseason team.
UAB picked up 10 first place votes to lead the pack, while Middle Tennessee picked up four votes coming in second place. UAB placed both Chris Cokley, and William Lee on the all-conference teams.
Rice sophomore guard Marcus Evans is the youngest member of the all-preseason team, but made an immediate impact as the top freshman scorer in the nation, averaging 14.5 ppg. The 2016 C-USA Freshman of the Year is also the only returning member of the All-Conference First Team and earned a spot on the C-USA All-Defensive Team as he led the league with 2.2 steals per game.
Conference USA will open its 22nd men’s basketball campaign on Friday, November 11, and the season will culminate with the 2017 Conference USA Basketball Championship, March 8-11 in Birmingham, Alabama. UAB will serve as the host school for the third year in a row. The men’s championship game is slated for Saturday, March 11 at 8:30 p.m. EST/7:30 p.m. CST, and will be televised on CBS Sports Network.
2016-17 C-USA MEN’S BASKETBALL PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
Student-Athlete | School | Class | Pos. | Hometown
Erik McCree | Louisiana Tech | Senior | F | Orlando, Florida
Jon Elmore | Marshall | Junior | G | Charleston, West Virginia
Ryan Taylor | Marshall | Senior | F | Indianapolis, Indiana
Giddy Potts | Middle Tennessee | Junior | G | Athens, Alabama
Reggie Upshaw Jr. | Middle Tennessee | Senior | F | Chattanooga, Tennessee
Jeremy Combs | North Texas | Junior | F | Dallas, Texas
Marcus Evans | Rice | Sophomore | G | Chesapeake, Virginia
Chris Cokley | UAB | Junior | F | Savannah, Georgia
William Lee | UAB | Junior | F | Plantersville, Alabama
Justin Johnson | WKU | Junior | F | Hazard, Kentucky
2016-17 C-USA PRESEASON POLL (#) first-place votes
- UAB (10)
- Middle Tennessee (4)
- Old Dominion
- Louisiana Tech
- North Texas
- Florida Atlantic
- Southern Miss