BIRMINGHAM—The Alabama State University's men's basketball team has been picked to finish third in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) preseason poll. The poll was voted on by the conference coaches and sports information directors and released today by the SWAC Office.
The Hornets received 133 total points and trailed the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff who was picked second with 164 points. Jackson State University has been picked to win the conference and garnered 183 points and 11 first-place votes.
ASU returns two starters and nine players from last season's 16-15 team. The Hornets finished third in the SWAC race last season going 12-6.
Senior Chris Duncan, Louisville, Ky., has been named to the Preseason All-SWAC Second Team and was also named the SWAC's Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. Duncan was the lone ASU representative on the preseason team and finished last season averaging over six points and almost four rebounds per game from his center position. He was the team's leading shot blocker finishing the season with 50 which was first on the team and third in the conference.
The conference also announced two Alabama State University games that will be shown on ESPNU. The Hornets game at Texas Southern on Jan. 31, 2011, will be shown at 8 p.m. The Hornets home game against Mississippi Valley State University on Feb. 7 has been scheduled to also be shown on ESPNU beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Preseason Predicted Order of Finish
(First-Place Votes in Parentheses)
1. Jackson State (11) 183
2. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (4) 163
3. Alabama State 133
4. Prairie View A&M (1) 128
5. Texas Southern (2) 126
6. Alabama A&M (2) 110
7. Mississippi Valley State 98
8. Grambling State 76
9. Southern 47
10. Alcorn State 38
Preseason Player of the Year: Travele Jones, Texas Southern
Preseason Def. Player of the Year: Chris Duncan, Alabama State
G Rod Melvin, Jackson State, Jr.
G Donald Qualls, Grambling State, Sr.
F Travele Jones, Texas Southern, Sr.
F Grant Maxey, Jackson State, Sr.
C Amos Studivant, Mississippi Valley State, Jr.
G Cornelius Hester, Alabama A&M, Sr.
G De'Suan Dixon, Jackson State, Sr.
F Shannon Behling, Mississippi Valley State, Sr.
F Tyrone Hanson, Jackson State, Sr.
C Chris Duncan, Alabama State, Sr.