Wednesday, October 16, 2013

UConn Tabbed for 2nd; Shabazz Napier 1st Team, Ryan Boatright 2nd Team, DeAndre Daniels No Team

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 preseason recognition.

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)
3. Memphis
4. Cincinnati
5. Temple
6. SMU
7. Houston
8. South Florida
9. Central Florida
10. Rutgers
 
First team all-conference is:
 
Russ Smith, Louisville
Shabazz Napier, UConn
Chane Behanan, Louisville
Joe Jackson, Memphis
Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati
 
 Second team is:
 
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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