PALMER, REYNOLDS EARN PRESEASON HONORS AS TAMUCC SELECTED 2ND IN WEST
The Southland Conference released its preseason All-Southland Conference teams and the league's preseason coaches and sports information director polls on Wednesday morning.
"Certainly every team and player coming into the season has high hopes and aspirations," said Islander head coach Perry Clark. "The team with the players that are able to best maintain their focus throughout the course of the season will realize their goals. I certainly feel good about where we are."
Kevin Palmer, last year's top scorer in the Southland Conference at 18.2 points a game, was selected to the first team after earning All-Southland Conference honors this past fall. He finished last season with 599 points in 33 games, which is the second-highest single-season point total in Islander history. He finished 11th in the nation with 2.6 steals a game after swiping a school-record 86 steals.
Justin Reynolds was named to second team after posting numbers of 8.1 points and 4.7 rebounds in 33 games played. The junior, who was an honorable mention selection last spring, was third on the team in steals with 33 and fourth with 17 blocks. He is sixth in program history after two seasons with 362 rebounds.
After posting an 18-15 record last season with an 11-5 conference record and a trip to the semifinals of the Southland Conference Tournament, the Islanders have been selected in the both the coaches and sports information directors polls to finish second in the West Division.
Sam Houston State was selected ahead of the Islanders in each of the two polls. In the coaches' poll, the Bearkats finished with 61 points and claimed seven first-place votes, while the Islanders had four votes to finish at the top and 57 points. In the sports information director's poll, SHSU had 58 points with five votes to win the division, A&M-Corpus Christi had 54 points and four nods to take the west. The vote was split in the east, with defending champion Stephen F. Austin the coaches' choice, while Nicholls had the top spot in the SID poll.
The Islanders doubled their win total from nine to 18 in Clark's second season and return seven players who started at least 16 times last season. A&M-Corpus Christi returns 87.6% of its scoring, nearly 94% of its rebounding and 90.4% of its assists.
"Basketball is a five-month season," said Clark. "It is not a race for the swiftest, but who is best able to maintain a steady course.
"Our non-conference schedule is extremely difficult. We need to come through that healthy and in a good state of mind as we head into the conference race."
A&M-Corpus Christi heads to West Texas next weekend to open its season as the Islanders will compete in the Duel in the Desert hosted by Texas Tech. They will open on Nov. 13 against Oregon State at 8 p.m. with a 6 p.m. game that Saturday against the Red Raiders. The Islanders close out the tournament that Sunday at 1 p.m. against South Dakota.
2009-10 Preseason All-Southland Conference Men's Basketball Teams
Name Cl. Pos. School Hometown
Kevin Palmer* Sr. G/F Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Baltimore, Md.
Corey Allmond* Sr. G Sam Houston State Oxon Hill, Md.
Marquez Haynes* Sr. F/G UT Arlington Irving, Texas
Ashton Mitchell* Sr. G Sam Houston State New Orleans, La.
Anatoly Bose* Jr. F Nicholls Sydney, Australia
Name Cl. Pos. School Hometown
Devin Gibson* Jr. G UTSA Houston, Texas
Patrick Sullivan Sr. F/C Southeastern Louisiana Orlando, Fla.
Justin Reynolds Jr. F Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Pearland, Texas
Tommy Moffitt Sr. F UT Arlington Irving, Texas
Omar Johnson Sr. G UTSA Philadelphia, Pa.
*Returning All-Southland Conference selection