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10-7-2019
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GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNC Greensboro junior guard Isaiah Miller has been named Southern Conference Preseason Player of the Year while the Spartans check in at No. 2 in both the coaches and media polls, the league has announced. Additionally, both Miller and senior forward James Dickey have been named to the Preseason All-SoCon Team. 

Miller, who is the reigning SoCon Defensive Player of the Year and the conference’s lone returning first-team selection from last season, had a breakout campaign in 2018-19. Offensively, Miller was ninth in the league in points per game (15.3) while collecting nine 20-point performances. On the defensive side, the Covington, Ga., native smashed the program’s single-season steals record with 104. It was the second-most steals by any player in SoCon history. 

The six-foot guard finished in the top five nationally in both total steals and steals per game (2.89). 

Miller is joined on the Preseason All-SoCon Team by Dickey, who enters his senior season just 14 blocks away from moving into second place in career blocks in school history. Last season, the 6-foot-10 forward from Raleigh, N.C., averaged 8.1 rebounds and 7.7 points per game while blocking a total of 56 shots. 

The Spartans check in at No. 2 in both preseason polls behind only ETSU. In the coaches poll, the Buccaneers received 80 total votes to the Spartans’ 74. ETSU also claimed eight first-place votes while UNCG earned the other two first-place votes. In the media poll, ETSU received 286 votes to UNCG’s 264. 

UNCG will open the season on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at the Greensboro Coliseum against North Carolina A&T. 

2019-20 Preseason Southern Conference Coaches Poll

Team (1st-place votes)                       Total

1. ETSU (8)                                           80

2. UNCG (2)                                          74

3. Furman                                             61

4. Wofford                                             52

5. Samford                                            48

6. Chattanooga                                     41

7. Western Carolina                              38

8. Mercer                                              29

9. The Citadel                                       16

10. VMI                                                 11

2019-20 Preseason Player of the Year

Isaiah Miller, Jr., G, UNCG

2019-20 Preseason All-Southern Conference Team

Bo Hodges, Jr., G, ETSU

Jeromy Rodriguez, R-Sr., F, ETSU

Daivien Williamson, So., G, ETSU

Jordan Lyons, Sr., G, Furman

Ross Cummings, Sr., G, Mercer

James Dickey, Sr., F, UNCG

Isaiah Miller, Jr., G, UNCG

Josh Sharkey, Sr., G, Samford

Carlos Dotson, Sr., F, Western Carolina

Nathan Hoover, Sr., G, Wofford

2019-20 Preseason Southern Conference Media Poll

Team (1st-place votes)                       Total

1. ETSU (20)                                          286

2. UNCG (6)                                           264

3. Furman (4)                                         245

4. Wofford                                              216

5. Samford                                             169

6. Chattanooga                                      128

7. Western Carolina                                117

8. Mercer                                                 115

9. The Citadel                                           70

10. VMI                                                     40

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