Golden Lions picked third, land two on SWAC preseason first-team

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Arkansas-Pine Bluff men’s basketball team is predicted to finish third this season in the Southwestern Athletic Conference as announced by the league on Wednesday.

The Golden Lions also had two seniors — forward Davon Haynes and center Daniel Broughton — tabbed on the SWAC preseason first-team.

Despite averaging just 7.2 points per game, Broughton was named All-SWAC last year, while Hayes was tied for second on the team in points per game with 11.9.

Joining Haynes and Broughton on the first-team is Southern University senior guard Malcolm Miller, who earned Preseason Player of the Year honors. Prairie View A&M senior center Jules Montgomery was tabbed Defensive Player of the Year.

Texas Southern University was picked to finish first in the conference in the preseason poll of the league’s head coaches and sports information directors.

The announcement was made during the SWAC’s annual media teleconference.

The Tigers, which won last year’s SWAC regular season championship, earned 171 points, including 10 first-place votes. Southern was picked to finish second after accumulating 167 points and nine first-place votes. UAPB, which finished last season at 16-14 (15-3 in the SWAC) picked up 132 points followed by fourth-place Prairie View with 118 points.

The rest of the poll includes: Jackson State (99 points), Alabama A&M (95 points with two first-place vote), Alabama State (93 points), Alcorn State (70 points), Mississippi Valley State (65 points) and Grambling State (34 points).

Lady Lions picked to finish sixth

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Arkansas-Pine Bluff women’s basketball team was tabbed to finish sixth in the SWAC as announced on Wednesday.

Southern University was picked to win the conference after tallying 145 points, including six first-place votes. Prairie View A&M was selected to finish second after collecting 136 points.

Texas Southern received five first-place votes and 131 points total for a predicted third-place finish. Mississippi Valley State also received five first-place votes to finish fourth with 126 points.

The rest of the rankings include: Grambling State (115 points), UAPB (95 points), Alabama State (93 points), Jackson State (92 points), Alabama A&M (88 points) and Alcorn State (50 with one first-place vote).

Grambling State’s Joanna Miller was named the 2013 Preseason Player of the Year, while Alabama State’s Quentori Alford was chosen as the Defensive Player of the Year.