Southern Conference Media Poll & All-Conference

November 2nd, 2006

SPARTANBURG, S.C. --- The Georgia Southern men’s basketball team was picked to finish third in the South Division and two players were named to the preseason All-Southern Conference team, it was announced at the league’s basketball media day in Spartanburg.

The defending conference champions placed third in the South in the coaches’ poll behind College of Charleston and Furman.

Senior guard Donte Gennie (Tallahassee, Fla.) and junior forward Louis Graham (West Palm Beach, Fla.) earned all-conference distinction from the coaches. Both players were third team picks by the media at the end of last season.

Gennie averaged 12.7 points and 3.1 rebounds per game in 2005-06, and led the conference shooting 45.2 percent (47-104) from 3-point land. The team’s top returning scorer, Gennie was second behind SoCon Player of the Year Elton Nesbitt in scoring average and shot 50 percent from the floor on the season.

Graham has made his mark on the GSU record book in just two seasons, standing in second place in career blocks with 107, five behind all-time leader Kashien Latham. Last year Graham topped the squad in rebounding at 7.4 rpg and was third in scoring at 11.4 ppg.

The Eagles return three starters from last season’s 20-10 team that reached the NIT, the school’s first postseason appearance in 14 years.

- GSU -

2006-07 Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll
North Division
Team (First Place Votes) Total Votes
1. UNCG (4) 44
2. Appalachian State (3) 40
3. Elon (2) 33
4. Chattanooga (2) 29
5. Western Carolina 14

South Division
Team (First Place Votes) Total Votes
1. College of Charleston (10) 60
2. Furman (1) 48
3. Georgia Southern 42
4. Davidson 32
5. Wofford 24
6. The Citadel 14

2006-07 Preseason All-Conference Team
Dontaye Draper (CofC)
Kyle Hines (UNCG)
D.J. Thompson (ASU)
Ricky Hickman (UNCG)
Robby Bostain (Furman)
Chris Chalko (Elon)
Louis Graham (GSU)
Josh Jackson (CofC)
Moussa Diagne (Furman)
Donte Gennie (GSU)