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Francis Alonso Named Preseason All-Southern Conference, Polls Announced

UNCGSpartans.com 10-25-2017

GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG men’s basketball junior guard Francis Alonso (Malaga, Spain/Cushing Academy) has been named to the preseason All-Southern Conference Team as voted on by the league’s head coaches, the league office announced Wednesday. The Spartans, the defending SoCon regular season champions, were picked to finish fifth in the preseason coaches’ poll and third in the preseason media poll.

Alonso was picked on the preseason All-SoCon team after earning all-league honors last year. He led the Spartans in scoring and ranked eighth in the league at 14.9 points per game. He led the SoCon and ranked third in NCAA Division I last season hitting 46.2 percent from 3-point land. He connected on 102-of-221 from deep, setting a UNCG single-season record for made 3-pointes. He scored in double figures 25 times, including 10 games with 20 or more points.

The Spartans earned 52 total votes in the coaches’ poll while Mercer was chosen as preseason favorite with 71 votes, including four first-place votes narrowly edging out Samford with 70 votes (3 first-place votes). Furman was picked third with 65 votes and ETSU was fourth with 64 votes. Wofford (43), The Citadel (27), Chattanooga (27), Western Carolina (22) and VMI (9) round out coaches’ poll.

In the media poll, the Spartans were picked third overall with 183 votes, just one vote out of second-place Samford (184). UNCG also picked up four first-place votes in the preseason media poll. Furman was chosen by the media as the preseason favorite with 197 votes while ETSU was fourth (178) followed by Wofford (165), Mercer (154), Chattanooga (97), The Citadel (70), Western Carolina (66) and VMI (26).

Devin Sibley of Furman was named the preseason Player of the Year after earning the postseason honor last year. Furman, Samford and Wofford both placed two on the preseason All-SoCon team while UNCG, The Citadel, ETSU and Mercer each had one representative.

2017-18 Preseason All-Southern Conference Team
Francis Alonso, Jr., G, UNCG
Preston Parks, So., G, The Citadel
Desonta Bradford, Sr., G, ETSU
Daniel Fowler, Sr., G, Furman
Devin Sibley, Sr., G, Furman
Ria’n Holland, Sr., G, Mercer
Demetrius Denzel-Dyson, Sr., F, Samford
Wyatt Walker, Jr., C, Samford
Cameron Jackson, Jr., F, Wofford
Fletcher Magee, Jr., G, Wofford

Preseason Player of the Year
Devin Sibley, Furman

2017-18 Preseason Southern Conference Coaches Poll
1.) Mercer (4) – 71
2.) Samford (3) – 70
3.) Furman (1) – 65
4.) ETSU (2) – 64
5.) UNCG – 52
6.) Wofford – 43
7.) The Citadel – 27
7.) Chattanooga – 27
9.) Western Carolina – 22
10.) VMI - 9

2017-18 Preseason Southern Conference Media Poll
1.) Furman (8) – 197
2.) Samford (4) – 184
3.) UNCG (4) – 183
4.) ETSU (4) – 178
5.) Wofford (2) – 165
6.) Mercer (2) – 154
7.) Chattanooga – 97
8.) The Citadel – 70
9.) Western Carolina – 66
10.) VMI - 26

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