Oct. 13, 2009
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Coastal Carolina University men’s basketball team has been picked to finish eighth in Big South Conference Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll, it was announced today (Oct. 13) in the League’s annual Media Day in Charlotte, N.C. Also, Chanticleer redshirt-senior Joseph Harris (Lejeune, N.C./Lejeune) has been named to the League’s Preseason All-Big South Team.
Harris, an All-Big South First Team selection last year, averaged 15.2 points and 11.4 rebounds per game in 2008-09. He had a streak of 11 straight double-doubles for the Chanticleers and had 19 total his redshirt-junior season. Harris had career highs of 33 points and 22 rebounds in the 100-97 win over VMI Feb. 14. He also became the seventh player in Big South history to pull down 600 rebounds, have 100 steals and dish out 100 assists in a career. Harris is on track to become the second player in Big South Conference history with 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in his career.
Joining Harris on the Preseason All-Big South team is Radford’s Art Parakhouski and Joey Lynch-Flohr, Gardner-Webb’s Grayson Flittner, Charleston Southern’s Jamarco Warren and High Point’s Nick Barbour. Parakhouski was named the Big South Preseason Player of the Year.
Radford was picked to win the Big South Conference, garnering 23 of 24 first-place votes and 239 points overall. UNC Asheville was picked to finish second with 191 points. Winthrop earned a first-place vote and 179 points overall for third place, while Gardner-Webb was picked to finish fourth with 130 points. VMI (125 points) and High Point (124 points) were fifth and sixth, respectively, while Liberty was seventh with 119 points. That was one point ahead of the Chanticleers, who received three third-place and three fourth-place votes. Charleston Southern (53 points) and Presbyterian (42 points) rounded out the poll.
The Chanticleers will open the 2009-10 season Friday, Nov. 13 against the College of Charleston in Kimbel Arena. That game starts at 7:30 p.m.
2009-10 Big South Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll
1. Radford (24 first-place votes; 239 points)
2. UNC Asheville (191 points)
3. Winthrop (1 first-place vote; 179 points)
4. Gardner-Webb (130 points)
5. VMI (125 points)
6. High Point (124 points)
7. Liberty (119 points)
8. Coastal Carolina (118 points)
9. Charleston Southern (53 points)
10. Presbyterian (42 points)
2009-10 Men’s Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team
Art Parakhouski, Radford (Preseason Player of the Year)
Joseph Harris, Coastal Carolina
Joey Lynch-Flohr, Radford
Grayson Flittner, Gardner-Webb
Jamarco Warren, Charleston Southern
Nick Barbour, High Point