Williams Named to Preseason All-SBC

By: Matt Harris Email
By: Matt Harris Email

NEW ORLEANS, La. – Senior guard Hunter Williams was named to the Preseason All-Sun Belt third team, as announced by the conference office on Wednesday morning.

Williams is Troy's leading returning scorer, after finishing last season at 10.4 points per game. Williams also led the team in assists and made 3-pointers a season ago, ranking near the top in the conference in both categories.

In Troy's exhibition on Tuesday night against Victory University, Williams scored a game-high 23 points and added six assists. He shot 9-of-19 from the field, including 4-of-9 from beyond the arc. The Trojans would go on to beat Victory 105-68.

Williams becomes the first Trojan to earn preseason all-conference honors since Will Weathers made second team All-SBC prior to the 2011-12 season.

The regular season is now just nine days away, as the Trojans open up at Ole Miss on Friday, November 8. Troy will play its home opener on Monday, November 11, at 7:30 p.m., against LaGrange.

Fans can keep up with all the action by following Troy men's basketball on Twitter at @TroyMensHoops and on Instagram at @TroyHoops.

For more information on all of Troy Athletics, fans can find the Trojans on Twitter and Instagram at @TroyAthletics, or on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TroyAthletics.

Preseason First Team All-Sun Belt Conference

R.J. Hunter (Georgia State, So., G)
Shawn Long (UL-Lafayette, So., F)
Elfrid Payton (UL-Lafayette, Jr., G)
Augustine Rubit (South Alabama, Sr., F)
T.J. Price (WKU, Jr., G)

Preseason Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference

Will Neighbour (UALR, Sr., F)
Brandon Reed (Arkansas State, Sr., G)
Ryan Harrow (Georgia State, r-Jr., G)
Joel Wright (Texas State, Sr., F)
George Fant (WKU, Jr., F)

Preseason Third Team All-Sun Belt Conference

Ed Townsel (Arkansas State, Sr., G)
Jayon James (UL-Monroe, Sr., F)
Mychal Ammons (South Alabama, Jr., F)
Brandon Edwards (UT Arlington, Sr., F)
Hunter Williams (Troy, Sr., G)

Preseason Player of the Year

Augustine Rubit (South Alabama, Sr., F)

Preseason Coaches Poll

(First place votes in parenthesis)

Points
1. Western Kentucky 91 (5)
2. South Alabama 78 (2)
3. Arkansas State 74
T-4. Georgia State 73 (2)
T-4. UL-Lafayette 73 (1)
6. UALR 48
7. UT Arlington 36
8. Texas State 34
9. Troy 26
10. UL-Monroe 17


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