Wolves picked fifth in preseason SAC men's basketball poll


Wolves picked fifth in preseason SAC men's basketball poll
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 | by Josh Manck, Assistant AD for Athletic Communications

ROCK HILL - The Newberry College men's basketball team has been picked fifth in the annual South Atlantic Conference Coaches' Poll, as announced by the league office Tuesday.

Newberry is tied with Catawba for the fifth spot in the preseason poll with 93 points, just behind Wingate in fourth with 97 points. Lincoln Memorial is picked first in the conference with 128 points, with Carson-Newma in second at 115 at Queens in third at 113.

The Wolves went 20-10 last year and advanced to the SAC Tournament semifinals. Head coach Dave Davis and the Wolves' high-octane offense will have to make up for the departure of stars Dondray Walker and Demarkus Smith to graduation.

Senior leadership will be key this season as James Ashby, Xavier Holmes, Mitch Riggs and Brandon Taylor will be familiar faces to Newberry fans.

Riggs averaged 12.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game as a junior and is the team's leading returning scorer. Holmes scored 10.1 points per game and averaged 3.5 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game.

Taylor averaged 10.0 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. Ashby scored 6.5 points per game with 3.0 rebounds and 0.9 assists per contest.

The Wolves kick off the season in the Red Myers Little Four Classic at Erskine on November 13-14 against Erskine and North Greenville. That will be followed by an exhibition contest at Marshall on November 15.

The home schedule kicks off with the Newberry Invitational on November 21-22. The Wolves will welcome Lees-McRae, Allen and Washington Adventist to Eleazer Arena that weekend.


South Atlantic Conference Men's Basketball Preseason Poll

Rank

Team

1st

Points

1

Lincoln Memorial

9

128

2

Carson-Newman

2

115

3

Queens

1

113

4

Wingate

 

97

5

Newberry

 

93

 

Catawba

 

93

7

Coker

 

61

8

Anderson

 

60

9

Lenoir-Rhyne

 

57

10

Tusculum

 

51

11

Mars Hill

 

30

12

Brevard

 

27