A pair of college basketball preview magazines have named recognized three Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's basketball players amongst the tops in the Southland Conference.

In the Lindy's College Basketball preview magazine, senior Kevin Palmer is the magazine's choice for the top player in the Southland Conference. Palmer, a 6-6 guard/forward, led the Southland Conference in scoring a season ago with 18.2 points a game (19.2 in Southland Conference action), which was the highest average by an Islander since Michael Hicks. He was 11th in the nation with 2.6 steals a contest. The versatile Palmer was second on the team with 5.2 rebounds.

Junior forward Demond Watt was also recognized in the Lindy's publication being named to preseason All-Southland Conference second team. The 6-7 Watt led the Islanders with 6.4 rebounds per game a season ago and was tied for second on the team in scoring with 8.2 points a contest.

In the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, Islander sophomore Terence Jones was named the Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year. Jones, who practiced with the team a season ago but did not play, averaged 11.2 points a game in his senior season at Notre Dame Prep.

In both magazines, the Islanders were again predicted to compete for the top spot in the Southland Conference West Division as they were voted to finish second in each. In the West Division, Sam Houston State received the early nod in both, while Nicholls and Southeastern Louisiana split top honors in the East Division.

A&M-Corpus Christi is scheduled to open the season at the Duel in the Desert hosted by Texas Tech beginning Nov. 13. They open against Oregon State and will also face the Red Raiders and South Dakota in the round-robin event.