ARLINGTON, Texas -- One of the sure signs that college basketball season is almost here is the multitude of preseason awards handed out by various publications and organizations.
This season, UT Arlington has been prominently featured with the inclusion of reigning Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year Kevin Hervey and one of the nation's top returning points guards in Erick Neal.
Today, the duo earned recognition by NBC Sports as 2017-18 Mid-Major Preseason All-America selections. College basketball writer Raphielle Johnson named Hervey to the website's first-team, listing while Neal was listed as an honorable mention selection.
The website also listed its preseason Mid-Major power rankings and placed the Mavericks in second, behind Saint Mary's College - a team they defeated 65-61 last season in Moraga, Calif.
In addition to Hervey on his All-America team, Johnson placed Montana State guard Tyler Hall, Middle Tennessee guard Giddy Potts, South Dakota State forward Mike Daum and Saint Mary's (CA) center Jock Landale on the first team.
Hervey and Neal were the only players from the Sun Belt to receive mention.
UTA opens its season on Saturday, Nov. 11 when it hosts Loyola Marymount in a 7 p.m. contest in College Park Center. The Mavericks went 3-0 against the West Coast Conference last season and, in addition to LMU, will play at BYU this season.
The Sun Belt is expected to soon make public its coaches' preseason all-conference teams and the group's prediction for the league's regular season champion.
HOW TO BUY TICKETS
Full season and single game tickets to attend UTA men and women's basketball events are on sale through the UTA Box Office in person or by calling (817) 272-8585 and online through UTATickets.com. Season tickets are available for as low as $99 for all 30 men and women's games, which comes out to $3.30 per game. Single game tickets are priced at $8, $12 and $25 per game, depending on seat location. UTA students and faculty staff tickets are available for just $5 for a single game or at a reduced rate for season tickets. Discount Maverick Club (season) and general public (single game) parking is also available. Visit UTATickets.com for detailed information.
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