Full Preseason All-Conference Team and Polls
MACON, Ga. - FGCU enters the 2014-15 Atlantic Sun Men's Basketball season as the overwhelming favorites as the Eagles earned first place in both the preseason coaches and media polls, announced Thursday by the league office.
The defending regular season champions, FGCU secured seven of the eight first-place votes in the coaches poll and 25 of 26 in the media poll. Lipscomb and North Florida split the polls with the Bisons being picked second in the media poll, while the Ospreys secured the nod for runner-up with the coaches. UNF earned the remaining first place votes in each poll.
USC Upstate and Northern Kentucky continued the preseason rankings in fourth and fifth place, respectively. Kennesaw State and Stetson each claimed a share of sixth place in the two polls, while Jacksonville was predicted to finish seventh.
Senior guard Bernard Thompson collected the Preseason Player of the Year and Preseason Defensive Player of the Year honors for the Eagles. Thompson is one of three Eagles selected to the 10-man Preseason All-Conference Team; read more about all 10 selections below.
Atlantic Sun Preseason All-Conference Team:
(* - Denotes unanimous selection)
- Bernard Thompson, FGCU*: The Preseason Player & Defensive Player of the Year enters the season as the top active scorer with 1,395 points, which ranks 45th in A-Sun history. Thompson also owns 207 career steals - good for 12th in the league record books. He averaged 15.1 PPG and 1.5 SPG to help the Eagles to their first-ever appearance in the NIT last season.
- Brett Comer, FGCU*: Last season, Comer increased his scoring to 13.7 PPG from 8.0 PPG, while maintaining a high-assist average of 5.3 to land on the First Team All-Conference. He sits with 1,065 career points and 609 career assists; only 25 away from breaking the A-Sun all-time record.
- Martin Smith, Lipscomb*: With his 15.6 PPG average, Smith ranked fourth in the A-Sun for scoring as his 2.3 three's made per game also ranked fourth. Martin helped Lipscomb finish with a 15-15 record and 10-8 mark in the A-Sun. He sits with 971 career points entering the season.
- Ty Greene, USC Upstate*: Despite missing eight games in 2013-14 due to injury, Greene still ranked eighth in the A-Sun for scoring at 14.3 PPG, while leading the conference with a 85.5 free-throw percentage. His 3.5 assists per outing ranked fifth as he owned the A-Sun's best assist-to-turnover ratio (2.9). He helped the Spartans to the program's second Division I postseason appearance as Upstate hosted the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
- Jamail Jones, FGCU: A starter in 32 of FGCU's 35 games last year, Jones registered 8.6 PPG and pulled down 5.6 RPG. Jones contributed in several areas as he totaled 40 assists, 23 steals and 153 defensive rebounds, while averaging 29.4 minutes.
- Delbert Love, Kennesaw State: A senior guard for the Owls, Love enters the season with 1,142 career points; 108th-best all-time in the A-Sun. He is the active career leader in the conference for three's made (186) and attempted (519). Love ranked in the top-20 in the A-Sun last year for scoring (12.6), assists (2.5), steals (1.4) and three's made (65).
- J.C. Hampton, Lipscomb: A 2014 All-Freshman Team selection, Hampton's 14.5 PPG ranked seventh-best in the A-Sun, while he dished out 2.9 assist each outing. Hampton hit 2.7 three's per game to sit second in the league. In conference play, Hampton increased his scoring output to 15.3 PPG.
- Beau Beech, North Florida: UNF's sharpshooter, Beech connected on 43.7 percent of his threes last season and 81.6 percent of free throws in A-Sun play to average 11.5 PPG as a sophomore. A combo guard/forward, Beech started in all 32 games for UNF and registered 17 double-digit point games.
- Chris Davenport, North Florida: Davenport, a 6-8 sophomore forward, started in 31 of 32 contests for the Ospreys last year as he averaged 7.7 PPG & 5.5 RPG, while leading the Ospreys with a 53.1 FG%. Davenport's top game of the season came in the A-Sun Championship Quarterfinals where he posted a season-high 27 points with 10 rebounds on 9-of-11 shooting.
- Dallas Moore, North Florida: The 2014 A-Sun Freshman of the Year, Moore looks to build off his 12.5 PPG, 2.6 APPG & 37.0 3FG% campaign for the Ospreys. In league play, Moore increased his production to 13.4 PPG & 2.9 APG, while shooting 84.7 percent from the charity stripe.
For the fourth-straight year, the Atlantic Sun took to social media to poll the fans for the conference preseason superlative awards. FGCU's Brett Comer secured the Fan-Voted Preseason Player of the Year with 298 votes, while Kennesaw State's Willy Kouassi earned the Fan-Voted Preseason Defensive Player with 305 ballots cast in his favor.