Southland Announces Preseason Polls, Teams
Oct. 25, 2012
FRISCO, Texas - Seniors Antonio Bostic and Taylor Smith were each named to the all-Southland Conference first team and the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks were picked second in a pair of league preseason polls, conference officials announced on Thursday.
Bostic was the only automatic selection to the preseason first team after earning first-team all-league honors after his junior season. The Shawnee, Kan., native averaged 11.3 points per game a year ago and also ranked in the top five in the league in minutes played for an SFA squad which finished second in the league with a 20-12 overall record.
He shot better than 42 percent from the field and scored in double figures in 20 of SFA's 32 games, while leading the `Jacks in minutes and steals for the season.
Meanwhile, Smith just missed all-conference honors as a junior after setting a new single-season record for SFA in field-goal percentage, hitting 70.1 percent of his shots last year. He averaged 9.2 points and 6.3 rebounds for the year, but upped his production in conference play, averaging 10.9 points and 7.1 rebounds
Smith will likely be the starting big man in 2012-13 and made the most of his three starts last season, reaching double figures in all three of those games and posting a pair of double-doubles while averaging 11.3 points and 9.6 rebounds.
In addition to Bostic and Smith, the remainder of the first team was made of Shamir Davis (G, Northwestern State), LaQuentin Miles (F, Central Arkansas) and Brandon Fortenberry (G, Southeastern Louisiana).
The preseason second team was comprised of Warren Niles (G, Oral Roberts), Dontae Cannon (G, McNeese State), James Hulbin (F, Northwestern Statesman), Fred Hunter (F, Nicholls) and Steven Roundtree (F, Oral Roberts).
In the polls, SFA was picked second behind Oral Roberts in both polls, receiving three first-place votes in the coaches' poll and four first-place votes from the league's Sports Information Directors. The `Jacks picked up exactly 72 points in each prognostication, joining newcomer ORU as the only two squads to pick up at least 70 points in the polls.
The `Jacks open up the 2012-13 campaign on Nov. 9 at home against Howard Payne.