Chris Thomas among SWAC MBB Preseason Selections

Chris Thomas among SWAC MBB Preseason Selections

Colorado Hawks Alum Chris Thomas has been selected to the Preseason All-SWAC Men’s Basketball Second Team.  Chris is poised to have a standout senior season for Texas Southern University.


Men’s Basketball | 10/14/2015 12:00:00 PM |

2015-16 SWAC MBB Preseason Honors Announced

2015-16 Schedule      SWAC Media Day

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- Texas Southern University was picked to win the 2015-16 Southwestern Athletic Conference men’s basketball championship in a preseason poll of the league’s head coaches and sports information directors.

The announcement was made by the SWAC during its annual media teleconference on Wednesday, October 14.

The Tigers finished 2014-15 with a 22-13 overall record and were 16-2 in the Conference. TSU also won the SWAC tournament title and earned a 15 seed in the 2015 NCAA Tournament. Their opponent in last season’s title game, Southern University came in second place followed by Alabama State in third. Alabama A&M was predicted to finish fourth with Prairie View A&M coming in fifth.

Rounding out the poll includes: Jackson State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Mississippi Valley State, Alcorn State and Grambling State

The 2015-16 All-SWAC preseason first and second teams are highlighted by senior guard Ladarius Tabb (Alabama A&M) and senior guard David Blanks (Texas Southern). Tabb was selected as the SWAC Preseason Player of the Year with Blanks garnering the SWAC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year honor.

Last season Blanks averaged 22.9 minutes-per game in 2014 and assisted in helping get Texas Southern back to their second consecutive appearance in the SWAC Championship game.  The Barberton, Ohio native returns as the team’s second leading defensive rebounder.  Banks also finished last year with 20 steals

Rounding out the squad list is guard, Jamel Waters (Alabama State), forwards Marquis Vance (Alcorn State), Adrian Rodgers (Southern), and center Nick West (Alabama A&M).

The second team includes: guards Chris Thomas (Texas Southern) and Tre’Lun Banks (Southern), forwards Malcolm Riley (Texas Southern), and Bobby Brown (Alabama State) with the Treshawn Bolden earning the center spot for Jackson State.

In the event that a player was named to the first team during the postseason and does not return, the second team player for that position was elevated to the first team. Players were ranked in their position based on the number of votes received.

Preseason Player of the Year
Ladarius Tabb (Alabama A&M)
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
David Blanks (Texas Southern)
Preseason All-SWAC Men’s Basketball First Team
G Ladarius Tabb (Alabama A&M)
G Jamel Waters (Alabama State)
F Marquis Vance (Alcorn State)
F Adrian Rodgers (Southern)
C Nick West (Alabama A&M)
Preseason All-SWAC Men’s Basketball Second Team
Chris Thomas (Texas Southern)
G Trelun Banks (Southern)
F Malcolm Riley (Texas Southern)
F Bobby Brown (Alabama State)
C Treshawn Bolden (Jackson State)