New Orleans, La. (GCAConf.com) – The Gulf Coast Athletic Conference announced today its Preseason All-GCAC Team along with its choice for preseason player of the year and it’s preseason coaches’ poll for the 2015-16 men’s basketball season. Selections are made through a vote of the league’s coaches who are not allowed to vote for their own student-athletes or teams.
Featuring six returnees from last season’s conference championship squad, Talladega College has been picked as the favorite to win their second consecutive GCAC men’s basketball title in the conference’s preseason coaches’ poll. The Tornadoes advanced to the semifinals of the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship and finished the season ranked No. 2 nationally.
Xavier University guard Morris Wright (pictured at left) was chosen as the Preseason Player of the Year after garnering four first place votes and one second place vote.
Wright is joined on the Preseason All-GCAC Team by Quintarius Porter (Tougaloo), Courtney Mack (Talladega), Ronald March (Philander Smith), Joe Brown (SUNO), and Houston Chatman (Dillard). There were six selections due to a tie in the voting. March was a Second Team All-GCAC pick last season.
Wright has been all All-GCAC performer in each of the past two seasons, earning a First Team selection last year. Last season he became the first Gold Rush player to reach 400 points, 100 rebounds, 100 assists, 50 steals, 100 made free throws and 50 made 3-pointers in a single season. He led Xavier in scoring (14.9), assists (3.7), and steals (1.79). Wright finished the season ranked second in the GCAC in 3-point field goal percentage, third in steals, and eighth in scoring average.
2015-16 GULF COAST ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL
|Rank||Team (First Place Votes)|
|2.||Philander Smith (2)|
2015-16 PRESEASON AWARDS
(coaches not allowed to vote for own players)
Preseason Player of the Year
Morris Wright, Xavier, G, 5-10, Sr, Zachary, La.
Preseason All-GCAC Team
|Morris Wright||Xavier||G||5-10||Sr||14.9||3.6||Zachary, La.|
|Quintarius Porter||Tougaloo||G||6-5||Sr||15.2||4.9||Jackson, Miss.|
|Courtney Mack||Talladega||F||6-7||Sr||9.6||5.5||Midway, Ala.|
|Ronald March||Philander Smith||G||6-5||Sr||16.3||4.5||Phoenix, Ariz.|
|Joe Brown||SUNO||C||6-8||Sr||13.4||10.1||Augusta, Ga.|
|Houston Chatman||Dillard||G||6-1||Jr||11.6||3.9||Houma, La.|
Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically by school)
Patrick Thompson (Dillard), Nelson Ollie (Philander Smith), Andravious Smith (Tougaloo)