MEN'S BASKETBALL PREDICTED TO FINISH SEVENTH IN THE MEAC
Oct. 5, 2010
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference announced their preseason honors Tuesday afternoon and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore men's basketball team was selected to finish seventh out of eleven teams while redshirt junior Hillary Haley (Oxon Hill, Md.) was named to the Preseason All-MEAC Second Team.
Despite returning eight letter-winners (four starters) and finishing the 2009-10 MEAC season in fifth place with an 8-8 conference record, the Hawks garnered just a total of 242 points for the seventh place ranking.
"Obviously we expect better out of ourselves than to finish seventh in the conference," commented head coach Frankie Allen. "We still have a lot of hard work in front of us to reach the top echelon of the conference, but we have been working hard each and every day to continue to improve. This is a very tough league, but we really came on strong at the end and we are excited to play hard and play together to reach that top echelon."
Morgan State received 20 first place votes and totaled 474 points to garner the league's top position for the third year in a row. Also for the third straight year, South Carolina State is predicted to finish second with 378 points.
Hampton is predicted to finish third while Bethune-Cookman, who received two first place votes, is slated to finish fourth. Delaware State is picked fifth while Norfolk State is sixth. After UMES, North Carolina A&T is predicted eighth and Howard is ninth. Rounding out the rankings, Coppin State and Florida A&M are tied for tenth.
Haley, a 6-foot-6 guard, led the Hawks in scoring with an average of 12.4 points per contest in addition to averaging 3.4 rebounds per game. A threat both inside and out, he had a career night against Howard, scoring 33 points. Haley finished his sophomore season as a MEAC All-Tournament Team performer.
"This is a great tribute to a young man who's worked extremely hard," said Allen. "He's a well-deserving young man to receive this distinction. It's a nice honor to be named in the top-10 players of the conference, but he knows that it's the post-season honors that really matter. I know he will continue to work hard and perform each day at practice and at every game."
The preseason rankings and all-conference team selections were voted on by the conference's head men's basketball coaches and the team's sports information directors.
Allen and his squad hit the practice court on Friday, Oct. 15 during Hawk Hysteria and kick off their season at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12 against Conference USA's Tulane Green Wave at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center.
Preseason Predictions and Preseason All-MEAC Teams listed below.
2010-11 Men's Basketball Preseason Predicted Order of Finish As voted on by the Conference's Head Men's Basketball Coaches and Sports Information Directors (First-Place Votes in Parenthesis)
1. Morgan State (20) ................................... 474 pts.