CCU picked eighth in SBC poll; Shaw, Beck honored

The Sun Belt Conference has released the Preseason Poll for men’s basketball with Coastal Carolina picked to finish eighth among the 12-team conference while picking up 67 votes.

Jaylen Shaw, a 2017 All-Sun Belt pick, has been named to the Preseason Second Team. He joins teammate DeMario Beck who was named to the Third Team. Shaw averaged 14 points per game last season and shot 40 percent from beyond the three-point line and hit 80 percent of his free throws.

Beck averaged 10 points and eight rebounds per game last season while shooting 47 percent from the field. He also was one of the top double-double players in the conference finishing the season with eight.

Texas-Arlington was picked to win the conference finishing with 128 points and nine first place votes. Georgia State grabbed 116 points and a single first place vote while last season’s tournament champion Troy was picked third with 115 points and a first place vote.

Georgia Southern was fourth with 114 points and Louisiana picked up a first place vote to go with its 113 points. Texas State (71 points) and Arkansas State (68 points) were picked in front of the Chanticleers.

South Alabama was ninth with 43 points with Little Rock (37), Appalachian State (35) and Louisiana Monroe (28) rounding out the poll.

* Fans of the Coastal Carolina men’s basketball team will be able to get an early look at the 2017-18 edition of the Chanticleers.

CCU and South Carolina State will meet in an exhibition game slated for Thursday, Nov. 2 at the HTC Center. The opening tip has been set for 7 p.m.

The Chants are coming off another 20-win season and a runners-up finish in the Collegiate Basketball Invitational post-season tournament.

Returning starters for CCU will be seniors Jaylen Shaw and Demario Beck.

While admission is free, the CCU Department of Athletics will partner with the Nu Phi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., to raise funds for United for Puerto Rico by collecting donations during the event as fans enter the arena.

Members of Alpha Phi Alpha will collect donations during the event and will be stationed at entrances to the HTC Center. They will also be circulating in the stands once the game begins.

First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rossello’ started the United for Puerto Rico project and is collaborating with the private sector with the purpose of providing aid and support to those affected in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to those victims that were affected by the natural disasters.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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