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The Sun Belt released the preseason coaches poll and all-conference teams today.
Bobcats tabbed 6th by the coaches.
Huge gap between the top 5 and the rest. Ron Hunter, Phil Cunningham, and Bob Marlin must like their squads this year looking at those first place votes.

1. UTA 128 (9)
2. Georgia State 116 (1)
3. Troy 115 (1)
4. Georgia Southern 114
5. Louisiana 113 (1)
6. Texas State 71
7. Arkansas State 68
8. Coastal Carolina 67
9. South Alabama 43
10. Little Rock 37
11. Appalachian State 35
12. ULM 28

Nijal Pearson 3rd team. Was hoping to see him make 2nd team, but he is one of only two underclassmen to make the preseason team.

I think the Sun Belt is poised for good season. These all-conference teams are loaded. Did anyone graduate in the offseason? First team is absolutely stacked. Kevin Hervey named preseason player of the year.

First Team
G - Tookie Brown (Georgia Southern, Junior)
G - Ike Smith (Georgia Southern, Junior)
G - Erick Neal (UTA, Senior)
F - Kevin Hervey (UTA, Senior) - Preaseason Player of the Year
F - Jordon Varnado (Troy, Junior)

Second Team
G - Ronshad Shabazz (Appalachian State, Junior)
G - Jaylen Shaw (Coastal Carolina, Senior)
G - D'Marcus Simonds (Georgia State, Sophomore)
G - Wesley Person (Troy, Senior)
F - Bryce Washington (Louisiana, Senior)

Third Team
G - Mike Hughes (Georgia Southern, Senior)
G - Frank Bartley (Louisiana, Senior)
G - Nijal Pearson (Texas State, Sophomore)
F - Demario Beck (Coastal Carolina, Senior)
F - Travis Munnings (ULM, Junior)


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Ok, people who follow and "get" basketball (i.e., not me)... Is 6th reasonable preseason for us? Is it a disservice? Is it overly generous?

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I think it's about right. I'm a bit surprised at the gap between 5th and 6th, but I'm not surprised with 6th.

We lost 3 of our top 4 players from last year, most of the teams above us return most of their top players from a year ago. UTA returns Hervey and Neal, Troy returns Varnado and Person, Georgia Southern returns Brown and Smith. I wouldn't put us above those teams either. If we were returning Tilbury and Ojai Black we'd be up in that top tier, but we don't unfortunately. I do think Georgia State at 2nd is a bet generous though.


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Yeah, I see 6th as about right, especially with the losses (players).

Due to an especially weak OOC (IMO), we may actually "look" better than we really are (at least early on). . . .

I'll be an optimist and add that maybe that gives a "young group" the confidence to "play over their heads" in conference . .

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Watch out for Louisiana. They have transfers from USC, Missouri and South Carolina that sat out last year. Kaspar stated he thought Texas State would be anywhere from 3-8 in the preseason poll, so 6th seems about right.

From his interviews it sounds like Gurley will be the starting SG. Davis the favorite to start at PG.


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1 - Marlin Davis
2 - Isaiah Gurley
3 - Nijal Pearson
4 - Nedja Prijovic
5 - Immanuel King

Likely the starting 5 Thursday in the exhibition game.


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This team is better than last year's, so six is pretty low for our ranking. We should be 3-4.


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