Lenoir-Rhyne's Allan Jones Earns All-SAC Preseason Honors In Men's Basketball
November 2, 2011
Bears picked eighth in the coaches preseason poll
Lenoir-Rhyne University sophomore forward Allan Jones was named to the 2011-12 South Atlantic Conference Preseason Second Team, league officials announced this afternoon.
Rock Hill, S.C. - Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore forward Allan Jones (Clemmons, N.C.) was named to the 2011-12 All-South Atlantic Conference Men's Basketball Preseason Second Team, league officials announced today.
Meanwhile, the Bears were picked eighth in the league's preseason coaches poll.
Lincoln Memorial received six first-place votes and was selected to repeat as conference regular season champions. The Railsplitters, 27-3 last season, are also ranked No. 5 in the 2011-12 NABC/NCAA Division II Top 25 Preseason Poll.
Jones was the Bears' leading scorer last year, averaging 13.6 points and a team-high 5.3 rebounds per outing. Jones was even better in league play in 2010-11 as he averaged 14.9 points and 6.2 rebounds against SAC foes.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns all five starters including senior forward Jeff Thomas (Chapel Hill, N.C.), who averaged a second-best 11.4 points per contest.
Last year, Jones was joined on the South Atlantic Conference All-Freshman Team by sophomore guard Bryce Hawkins (Charlotte, N.C.). Hawkins averaged 6.8 points per game in 2010-11.
Lenoir-Rhyne plays Thursday at Appalachian State (7:00 p.m.) and Saturday at Davidson (7:00 p.m.) in a pair of exhibition contests against NCAA Division I competition.
L-R (4-22, 3-15 last year) opens the regular season against Queens in the South Atlantic Conference/Conference Carolinas Tip-Off Classic on Friday, November 11, beginning at 5:30 p.m., in Gaffney, S.C.
2011-12 South Atlantic Conference
Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Lincoln Memorial (6) 96
2. Wingate (3) 92
3. Anderson 68
4. Newberry 60
5. Carson-Newman 50
6. Catawba (1) 49
7. Tusculum 48
8. Lenoir-Rhyne 46
9. Mars Hill 29
10. Brevard 12
2011-12 All-South Atlantic Conference
Men’s Basketball Preseason Teams
Gaither Hendrix, Brevard
Keon Moore, Catawba
Desmond Johnson, Lincoln Memorial
Sammy Emile, Mars Hill
Odell Turner, Wingate
Jaime Vaughn, Wingate
Denzail Jones, Anderson
Ishmael Sanders, Carson-Newman
Allan Jones, Lenoir-Rhyne
Brandon Armstrong, Lincoln Memorial
Cam Carden, Lincoln Memorial
Justin Steigerwald, Tusculum