Wolves picked sixth in preseason SAC men's basketball poll


Wolves picked sixth in preseason SAC men's basketball poll
Thursday, November 3, 2016 | by Bryan Eckelberg, Athletic Communications Assistant

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

Newberry occupies the sixth spot in the preseason poll with 74 points, coming in behind Catawba in fifth with 82 points. Lincoln Memorial is picked first in the conference with 121 points and 11 first place votes after finishing the 2016 season NCAA Division II Runner-Up.  Wingate and Queens tied for second with 100 points with Wingate receiving a first-place vote. Carson-Newman rounded out the top-four with 85 points.

The Wolves went 18-12 last season and advanced to the SAC Tournament semifinals. Head coach Dave Davis will have to make up for the departure of five seniors from last season. Newberry will be led by senior Gerald Evans and junior James Stepp. Evans averaged 9.7 points per game and 4.8 assists per game last season and is the team’s leading returning scorer. Stepp scored 9.5 points per game and 2.6 rebounds per game.

The Wolves kick off the season with an exhibition contest against South Carolina on Sunday, Nov. 6. The home schedule kicks off with the Newberry Invitational on November 18-19. The Wolves will welcome Coker, Paine and Southern Wesleyan to Eleazer Arena that weekend.

 2016 SAC Men's Preseason Poll

                               (First Place Votes)  Points 

1. Lincoln Memorial            (11)             121

2. Wingate                          (1)              100

2. Queens                                              100

4. Carson-Newman                                 85

5. Catawba                                             82

6. Newberry                                            74

7. Lenoir-Rhyne                                      61

8. Tusculum                                            54

9. Anderson                                            50

10. Coker                                               31

11. Mars Hill                                            23

12 Brevard                                              11

Preseason First Team 

Isiah Cureton, Wingate

Sawyer Williams, Carson-Newman

Luqon Choice, Lincoln Memorial

Mike Baez, Wingate

Charles Clark, Carson-Newman

Jameel Taylor, Catawba

Preseason Second Team

Randall Shaw, Anderson

KJ Arrington, Catawba

Daniel Camps, Queens

Donte Samuels, Coker

Todd Withers, Queens

Keith Griffin, Wingate