Oct. 24, 2012
DENVER – UT Arlington men's basketball was picked to finish fifth in the coaches' poll and sixth by the media in the Western Athletic Conference for the 2012-13 season.
UT Arlington senior forward Kevin Butler earned second team honors from the coaches.
The Mavericks, coming off a regular-season Southland Conference championship, are playing their first season in the WAC. UT Arlington went 24-9 last season and 15-1 in conference.
"I do not really look at preseason polls because the only thing that matters is where you finish up," UT Arlington coach Scott Cross said. "We are going to do everything in our power to win the league, and we would do so whether we were picked first or last. I am looking forward to the challenge of playing the great competition that the WAC provides."
New Mexico State was selected to win the WAC by the coaches, while Utah State junior Preston Medlin was tabbed the league’s preseason Player of the Year.
New Mexico State received five first place votes and 77 points. Utah State captured second place with five first place and 76 points. Denver took third place with 65 points. With 54 points, Louisiana Tech secured the fourth spot. UT Arlington (48) and Idaho (45) followed closely behind in fifth and sixth place, respectively. UTSA was picked seventh with 31 points, while Seattle U was selected eighth with 22 points. San Jose State (18) and Texas State (14) were selected ninth and tenth, respectively.
Medlin, the coaches’ pick for preseason Player of the Year, was named to the first team All-WAC team last season after he led the Aggies in scoring at 17.0 points per game.
The coaches also voted on preseason first and second all-WAC teams. Medlin led the list of first-teamers. Denver junior forward Chris Udofia and Idaho center Kyle Barone also earned spots on the preseason first team. Louisiana Tech sophomore guard Raheem Appleby and New Mexico State sophomore guard Daniel Mullings round out the first team selections.
Second-team selections include Kevin Butler (UT Arlington), Jeromie Hill (UTSA), James Kinney (San Jose State), Kyisean Reed (Utah State) and Tyrone Watson (New Mexico State).
The media poll tabbed Utah State as this year’s favorite. Medlin has been named the preseason Player of the Year. Utah State junior forward/center Jarred Shaw was tabbed this year’s preseason Newcomer of the Year.
Utah State received 232 points and 15 first-place votes. New Mexico State was picked second with 223 points and eight first place votes. Denver garnered 181 points and one first place vote for third place followed by Louisiana Tech with 162 points. Idaho was fifth with 144 points followed by UT Arlington with 137 points and one first place vote. UTSA was seventh with 104 points, followed by Seattle U (77) in eighth, San Jose State (61) in ninth and Texas State (54) in tenth.
Shaw, this season’s media Newcomer of the Year, is a transfer from Oklahoma State. Shaw played in 26 games as a sophomore at OSU, averaging 1.2 points and 1.2 rebounds per game, while shooting 50 percent from the field.
The All-WAC team included Medlin, Appleby, Barone, Mullings and Udofia.
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