UConn has been picked to finish second in the inaugural
American Athletic Conference preseason coaches’ poll, while Shabazz Napier is a
first-team all-conference selection.
The Huskies are picked to finish second behind defending
national champion Louisville, which garnered nine of the 10 first-place votes.
Coaches can’t pick their own team, so it’s obvious Rick Pitino picked the
Huskies for first.
Napier earns preseason first-team honors while Ryan
Boatright earned second-team status. DeAndre Daniels did not receive any
Louisville’s Russ Smith is preseason player of the year,
while SMU’s Keith Frazier was tabbed the new league’s top rookie.
The coaches poll looked like this:
1. Louisville (9)
2. UConn (2)
8. South Florida
9. Central Florida
First team all-conference is:
Russ Smith, Louisville
Shabazz Napier, UConn
Chane Behanan, Louisville
Joe Jackson, Memphis
Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati
Ryan Boatright, UConn
Montrezl Harrell, Louisville
TaShawn Thomas, Houston
Isaiah Sykes, Central Florida
Anthony Collins, South Florida
Victor Rudd, South Florida
Louisville’s Montrezl Harrell, Houston’s TaShawn Thomas, UCF’s
Isaiah Sykes and USF’s Anthony Collins and Victor Rudd.
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