Coaches Select Aggie Men's Basketball As Preseason Favorites

Written By: WAC Media Relations

LAS VEGAS, NV - NM State is the unanimous preseason favorite to win the Western Athletic Conference men’s basketball title in 2015-16, while Missouri-Kansas City junior Martez Harrison was selected as the WAC Preseason Player of the Year in a vote of the league’s eight head coaches, who could not vote for their own team or players.

The Aggies received 49 points and seven first-place votes to beat out Grand Canyon for top spot. The Antelopes captured second place with 39 points. CSU Bakersfield came in third with 36 points and the other first-place vote, edging out Missouri-Kansas City in fourth place with 35 points. Seattle U came in fifth place with 22 points, just ahead of Utah Valley in sixth with 20 points. UT Rio Grande Valley (13) and Chicago State (10) round out the poll.

Harrison, the reigning WAC Player of the Year, leads the list of Preseason All-WAC honorees. Joining him on the first team are CSU Bakersfield’s Aly Ahmed, NM State’s Ian Baker and Pascal Siakam and Grand Canyon’s DeWayne Russell.

Second team selections include Joshua Braun (Grand Canyon), Hayes Garrity (Utah Valley), Shaquille Hines (UT Rio Grande Valley), Kevin Mays (CSU Bakersfield) and William Powell (Seattle U).

2015-16 Preseason Men’s Basketball Coaches Poll
Rank Teams (1st-Place Votes) Points
1. NM State (7) 49
2. Grand Canyon 39
3. CSU Bakersfield (1) 36
4. Missouri-Kansas City 35
5. Seattle U 22
6. Utah Valley 20
7. UT Rio Grande Valley 13
8. Chicago State 10

2015-16 Preseason Men’s Basketball Coaches All-WAC Teams
First Team
Aly Ahmed, CSU Bakersfield
Ian Baker, NM State
Martez Harrison, Missouri-Kansas City
DeWayne Russell, Grand Canyon
Pascal Siakam, NM State

Second Team
Joshua Braun, Grand Canyon
Hayes Garrity, Utah Valley
Shaquille Hines, UT Rio Grande Valley
Kevin Mays, CSU Bakersfield
William Powell, Seattle U

Preseason Player of the Year: Martez Harrison, Missouri-Kansas City