POLL: Trio of Patriots named to ASC Watch List; @UTTylerMBB picked 3rd in ASC East Division

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

RICHARDSON – UT Tyler’s Melvin Anthony, Skyler Hadden and Emeka Obukwelu were named the American Southwest Conference Players to Watch List and the Patriots are picked third in the ASC East Division.

LeTourneau University and Concordia University Texas have been picked to win the 2017 ASC East and West Division titles, respectively, in men’s basketball following a vote of the league's head coaches, sports information directors and select media members. UT Tyler will open its season with three road games, starting on Nov. 16 at Texas Lutheran before games at Southwestern and Austin College before playing its home opener on Nov. 28 against TLU at the Herrington Patriot Center. 

LeTourneau (22-6 / 12-4 ASC) received 97 points and nine of a possible 17 first-place votes to lead the East Division. The YellowJackets, under East Division Coach of the Year Dan Miller, won their division and reached the finals of the ASC Championship Tournament a year ago.

Concordia Texas (19-8 / 12-6 ASC) was picked to win the West Division with 68 points and received nine first-place votes. The Tornados, under head coach Stan Bonewitz, reached the ASC Championship semifinals last year.

In the East, the University of Texas at Dallas (12-15, 8-8 ASC) was voted second with 93 points and four first place votes. UT Tyler (15-11, 8-8 ASC) was picked third with 83 points and a pair of first place tallies.

Sul Ross State (13-13, 9-7 ASC) were picked second with 55 points and three first place votes. They were followed by the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (16-10, 9-7 ASC) with 54 points.

The 2017-18 ASC Men's Basketball Watch List is composed of 33 players nominated by the head coaches and returns three all-conference selections, 13 all-division recipients and two award winners.

The 2017-18 season marks the 22nd in league history. Regular season play begins November 15. The three-day, eight-team, single-elimination conference tournament is slated for February 22-24 at the site of the West Division No. 1 seed. The ASC Championship Tournament features the top four seeds from both divisions. An automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship will be on the line.

ASC Men's Basketball Preseason Polls
East Division

No.

Team (First-place votes)

Pts.

2016-17 Record (ASC)

1.

LeTourneau (9)

97

22-6 (12-4)

2.

UT Dallas (4)

93

12-15 (8-8)

3.

UT Tyler (2)

83

15-11 (8-8)

4.

East Texas Baptist

74

15-11 (6-10)

5.

Louisiana College (1)

58

9-14 (5-11)

6.

Belhaven#  (1)

33

4-21 (n/a)

7.

Ozarks

31

8-17 (2-14)

# Ineligible for 2018 ASC Championship / NCAA Championship (Div. III Provisional)

 

West Division

No.

Team (First-place votes)

Pts.

2016-17 Record (ASC)

1.

Concordia Texas (6)

68

19-8 (12-4)

2.

Sul Ross State (3)

55

13-13 (9-7)

3.

Mary Hardin-Baylor

54

16-10 (9-7)

4.

Hardin-Simmons (2)

42

24-7 (13-3)

5.

McMurry (1)

27

9-16 (4-12)

 

Howard Payne

27

12-12 (8-8)

% Ineligible for 2018 ASC Championship / NCAA Championship (Div. III Reclassifying)

 

ASC Men's Basketball Preseason Watch List

East Division

Name

Pos.

Class

School

Ron Davis

G

Sr.

Belhaven

Brent Webber

G

Jr.

Belhaven

Rick Hodum

G

So.

Belhaven

Landin Brown

G

So.

East Texas Baptist

Robby Dooley

G

So.

East Texas Baptist

Jordan Gosey

F

Sr.

East Texas Baptist

Caleb Loggins DH

F

Jr.

LeTourneau

Alec Colhoff #

G

Sr.

LeTourneau

Nate West

G

So.

LeTourneau

Timothy Stokes

G

Jr.

Louisiana College

D’Aaron Davis

G/F

Jr.

Louisiana College

Travis Schultz

F

Jr.

Louisiana College

Dylan Gray

F

Sr.

Ozarks

Caleb Banks #

G

Sr.

UT Dallas

Dimitrius Underwood Y F

G

So.

UT Dallas

Jon Hatcher

G

Sr.

UT Dallas

Melvin Anthony 2

F

Sr.

UT Tyler

Skyler Hadden H

G

Sr.

UT Tyler

Emeka Obukwelu

F

So.

UT Tyler

 

2016-17 East Division Freshman of the Year Y

2016-17 East Division First Team Selection # 

2016-17 East Division Second Team Selection 2

2016-17 East Division Freshman Team F

2016-17 East Division Defensive Team D

2016-17 East Division Honorable Mention H

 

West Division

Name

Pos.

Class

School

Ben Page  H

F

Sr.

Concordia Texas

Joe Neal *#

G/F

Jr.

Concordia Texas

Ephriam Price 2

G

Jr.

Concordia Texas

Caleb Spoon

G

Sr.

Hardin-Simmons

Joe Hoeup

G

Jr.

Hardin-Simmons

Khyce Randall *#

G

Sr.

Howard Payne

Rickey Guillory 2 D

G

Sr.

Howard Payne

Justin Gammel

F

Sr.

Mary Hardin-Baylor

Braden Hammond H

G

Sr.

Mary Hardin-Baylor

Aubrie King H

F

Sr.

Mary Hardin-Baylor

LaRandall Scroggins H

F

Sr.

McMurry

Caleb Thomasson *#

C

Sr.

Sul Ross State

Brock Anders

F

Jr.

Sul Ross State

C.J. Ross N D H

G

Sr.

Sul Ross State

 

 

 

 

2016-17 All-ASC Selection*

2016-17 West Division First Team Selection # 

2016-17 West Division Newcomer of the Year N

2016-17 West Division Second Team Selection 2

2016-17 West Division Defensive Team D

2016-17 West Division Honorable Mention H