WACO, TEXAS (Oct. 14, 2016) - Following an NAIA Elite 8 finish int he 2016 NAIA National Tournament, the Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) men's basketball team has been picked second in the 2016-2017 Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Men's Basketball Preseason Poll.
After two straight seasons as the conference champion -- last year winning outright -- LSU Alexandria is the coaches' top pick again. LSUA tied OLLU then won a repeat title last year. LSUA received eight of 10 first-place votes this year.
After finishing third in the standings last year, more is expected of OLLU, which was selected second in this poll. Last year's RRAC Newcomer of the Year and first-team all-conference selection Joe Jackson (SR/San Antonio, Texas) returns. The senior forward was the second-leading scorer in the conference last year with 20.1 points per game, and he was the top rebounder with 9.7 per game. He was named to the NAIA All-American Second Team. Darion Brown (JR/Alexandria, La.), the conference assist leader last year, also returns, as well as Dilepso Blanco (SR/Passaic, N.J.), Dav'vin Hill (SR/Victoria, Texas), Michael Hagan-Daniel (SR/Boulder, Colo.), Brandell Collins (JR/San Angelo, Texas) and Kellen Sweetwyne (SR/Hayward, Calif.). Notable newcomers include Maurice Jackson (JR/Belvidere, Ill.), Joshua Santos (JR/London, England) and Allen Wilcher (SR/Gary, Ind.). Other newcomers include P.J. Escobar (JR/San Antonio, Texas), P.J. Medrano (FR/San Antonio, Texas), Aaron Sancho (FR/San Antonio, Texas) and Marko Tutunovic (FR/Cacak, Serbia).
LSUA was 29-4 last year and was ranked No. 1 nationally for several weeks. LSUA lost in the final of the RRAC tournament last season, and the Generals will host the event this year.
LSU Shreveport was selected third with a slight edge over last year's RRAC tournament champion Langston University. They are followed by Wiley College and the University of the Southwest (N.M.).
Voting was conducted by the head coaches in the conference.
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