Men's Basketball Selected Fifth in USA South Preseason Poll

Men's Basketball Selected Fifth in USA South Preseason Poll

Pfeiffer Men's Basketball Picked Fifth in USA South East Division

Misenheimer, N.C. (Oct. 25, 2019) – The Pfeiffer University men's basketball team was selected to finish fifth in the preseason USA South East Division Poll.

Guard Craig Sabb (Goose Creek, S.C.) highlights the returning Falcons, as he returns after averaging 16.4 points per game last season while shooting 56.1% from the field, 39% from long range and 82.4% from the line.

Josiah Avington (Fredericksburg, Va.) scored 12.0 points per game last season and also posted 2.9 rebounds per contest.  Avington shot a healthy 36.2% from long range and was also a 39.4% marksman from the field.  Tyjarek Simmons (Roanoke Rapids, N.C.) averaged 10.1 points per game a year ago and will be looked upon to contribute heavily to the Falcon cause.

Gabe Miller (Norfolk, Va.), Taylan Rowe (Oakboro, N.C.), and Tristan Rodriguez (Gastonia, N.C.) also return for the Falcons as does Nick Ruggiero (Harrisburg, N.C.), D.J. Bradsher (Burlington, N.C.), Percy Johnson (Charlotte, N.C.), Jacobi Bailey (Columbia, S.C.), and Blake Zieske (Belmont, N.C.)

Methodist claimed the top spot in the poll with three first-place votes and 23 points while N.C. Wesleyan was tabbed second with 20 points and a pair of first-place votes.

The Pfeiffer men's basketball team will begin their season on Saturday, Nov. 9 with a 4:00 p.m. road game at Virginia Wesleyan.  Pfeiffer will play their first home game of the season on Tuesday night, Nov. 19 at 7:00 p.m. against Roanoke.
 
2019-20 USA South Preseason Men's Basketball Rankings

East Division

Rank

School (1st Place Votes)

Points

1.

Methodist (3)

23

2.

N.C. Wesleyan (2)

20

3.

Averett (1)

19

4.

William Peace

13

5.

Pfeiffer

10

6.

Greensboro

5


West Division

Rank

School (1st Place Votes)

Points

1.

Covenant (6)

36

T2.

Berea (1)

25

T2.

LaGrange

25

T2.

Maryville

25

5.

Piedmont

15

6.

Huntingdon

14

7.

Brevard

7