Men's hoops picked third/Smith and Hampton earn honors
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Men's hoops picked third/Smith and Hampton earn honors

MACON, Ga. – If the Atlantic Sun Conference men’s basketball coaches and media are correct, the road to the 2015 A-Sun tournament championship will begin in Nashville as both groups have Lipscomb ranked in the top three in the preseason poll released on Thursday.

With the top four teams in the standings hosting the first rounds of the conference championship on campus, the A-Sun coaches tabbed the Bisons to finish in third place behind FGCU and North Florida.  The league’s media on the other hand believe the Purple and Gold will edge out North Florida for second place in the conference ranks.

“I think being picked where we are shows there is a healthy level of respect from others around the league from what we accomplished last year,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “You always want to be trending in the right direction and we certainly have that same expectation to be that good or better.

“I feel like we have the makings of a high caliber team but we also know that a lot has to go our way to fulfill those expectations.”

Lipscomb senior forward Martin Smith and redshirt-sophomore guard J.C. Hampton were named to the preseason Atlantic Sun All-Conference Team.   Smith was a unanimous selection to the team as the leading returning scorer in the league after averaging 15.6 points per game as a junior.

“Both of those guys had great years last year and show a lot of potential,” said Alexander. “Martin and J.C. are quality players. They’ve played really well in our system and we’re expecting both of them to have good years.

“I thought we had four guys that warranted attention and I wouldn’t have been surprised if any of the four had received conference recognition. “

FGCU’s Bernard Thompson was picked by the coaches as the preseason Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year.

The Bisons get the 2014-15 season underway on Nov. 14 hosting Berry at 8 p.m. at Allen Arena.  Season tickets are on sale now by calling 615-966-HERD (4373) or by visiting http://www.LipscombTickets.com

Coaches Poll

  1. FGCU
  2. North Florida
  3. Lipscomb
  4. USC Upstate
  5. Northern Kentucky
  6. Kennesaw State
  7. Jacksonville
  8. Stetson

Media Poll

  1. FGCU
  2. Lipscomb
  3. North Florida
  4. USC Upstate
  5. Northern Kentucky
  6. Stetson
  7. Jacksonville
  8. Kennesaw State