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Buckland, Asadullah named ASUN preseason All-Conference; Bisons tabbed fifth
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Buckland, Asadullah named ASUN preseason All-Conference; Bisons tabbed fifth

ATLANTA, Ga. – With tipoff of the 2019-20 season just over three weeks away, the ASUN Conference announced the Men’s Basketball Preseason honors with Lipscomb well represented.

Senior Michael Buckland and sophomore Ahsan Asadullah were both preseason All-ASUN selections, while the Bisons were voted to finish fourth in the league by the media with two first-place votes. The ASUN’s head coaches tabbed the purple and gold to finish fifth.

“The poll shakes out about what we were thinking,” first-year head coach Lennie Acuff said. “We lost so many players from last year and have so many new faces that we were put in the middle. We are unknown, even as a staff.

“I’ve never given a lot of credence to preseason polls. I just think we need to keep focusing on ourselves.”

It marks the third-straight season the Bisons have had multiple players earn preseason nods.

Michael Buckland, Lipscomb, Sr., Guard 
Lipscomb's Buckland was voted to the Preseason All-Conference Team after tallying 5.7 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists per contest last season. An All-Academic Team selection, the senior guard helped lead Lipscomb to an NIT Final appearance vs. Texas and a share of the ASUN Regular Season crown.

Ahsan Asadullah, Lipscomb, So., Center
Asadullah earned ASUN All-Freshman Team distinction last season after helping guide Lipscomb to a share of the Regular Season title with averages of 7.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. The sophomore center finished third in the conference with a 56.5 field goal percentage for the Bisons, who concluded their year with a trip to the NIT Final.

“I was really pleased to see that Michael and Ahsan were recognized as preseason all-conference,” Acuff said. “They both have done a great job for us this offseason establishing what we want to be about of continuing our culture.

“They are really good players and I think they both need to and will have good years for us.”

Liberty, the 2019 ASUN Championship title winners and Co-Regular Season champions, returns four-of-five starters and its top-two scorers from last season's squad which advanced to the NCAA Tournament Second Round after defeating Mississippi State in its opener.

North Florida was selected second while FGCU secured the third spot to round out the top three in both polls. NJIT and Lipscomb, an NIT Final participant last season, were ranked in the fourth and fifth slots with the Highlanders placing fourth in the Coaches Poll and the Bisons claiming the No. 4 spot in the Media Poll. North Alabama, Jacksonville, Kennesaw State and Stetson rounded out the polls in the sixth through ninth positions.

Flames senior guard Caleb Homesley was tabbed the ASUN Preseason Player of the Year. The Indian Trail, North Carolina native earned First Team All-Conference last season after leading Liberty with 13.3 points per game against league foes and averaging 12.4 for the year. He pulled down 5.6 rebounds per outing and dished out 2.7 assists per contest in his first year in the ASUN. Homesley had double-digit point totals 22 times last season, including a career-high 30 in the NCAA Tournament First Round upset over Mississippi State, while adding four double-doubles.

Reigning ASUN Conference Defensive Player of the Year Wajid Aminu was selected by the coaches to repeat this season after leading the conference in total blocks (68) and blocks per game (2.1) last season. The senior forward enters the 2019-20 campaign ranked 23rd in ASUN history with 133 career swats and needs just 59 to crack the top-five. Aminu set a North Florida Division I era record with his seven blocks at Minnesota on Dec. 11, to go along with a pair of six-block contests. Additionally, the Georgia native grabbed 6.5 rebounds per game and scored 11.7 points per outing a year ago.

Homesley was one-of-four unanimous selections to the Preseason All-Conference Team alongside teammate Scottie James, NJIT's Zach Cooks and North Florida's Ivan Gandia-Rosa as seven of the 10 players selected are seniors. North Florida led the way with three student-athletes named to the squad with Garrett Sams joining Aminu and Gandia-Rosa, while Liberty and Lipscomb had two selections each along with one player representing Kennesaw State, NJIT and North Alabama.

 

Preseason Player of the Year: Caleb Homesley, Liberty
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Wajid Aminu, North Florida

ASUN Preseason MBB All-Conference Team
*Caleb Homesley, Liberty, Sr., G
*Scottie James, Liberty, Sr., F
*Zach Cooks, NJIT, Jr., G
*Ivan Gandia-Rosa, North Florida, Sr., G
Tyler Hooker, Kennesaw State, Sr., G
Ahsan Asadullah, Lipscomb, So., C
Michael Buckland, Lipscomb, Sr., G

Jamari Blackmon, North Alabama, So., G
Wajid Aminu, North Florida, Sr., F
Garrett Sams, North Florida, Sr., G

* - denotes unanimous selection to the preseason team

2019-20 ASUN Preseason MBB Coaches Poll

Place

Team (1st-Place Votes)

Points

1.

Liberty (7)

79

2.

North Florida (2)

74

3.

FGCU

60

4.

NJIT

51

5.

Lipscomb

40

6.

North Alabama

35

7.

Jacksonville

32

8.

Kennesaw State

20

9.

Stetson

14

 

2019-20 ASUN Preseason MBB Media Poll

Place

Team (1st-Place Votes)

Points

1.

Liberty (44)

429

2.

North Florida (2)

340

3.

FGCU

314

4.

Lipscomb (2)

298

5.

NJIT

240

6.

North Alabama

189

7.

Jacksonville

161

8.

Kennesaw State

99

9.

Stetson

90