Lumberjacks Picked Third/Fourth In SLC Polls
Oct. 30, 2013
FRISCO, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack basketball team was picked third and fourth in the Southland Conference preseason polls conducted by coaches and sports information directors, league officials announced Wednesday morning.
SFA, the defending 2012-13 SLC regular season champion, was picked fourth in the coaches’ poll and in a two-way tie with Sam Houston State in the SID poll, receiving one first place vote.
The 2013-14 edition the Lumberjacks will have a much different look and feel than last season. Former South Carolina assistant Brad Underwood begins a new era of SFA basketball in his first full season as a head coach after taking over for Danny Kaspar, who departed for Texas State in April.
SFA, who went 27-5 last season en route to a school record in wins and their third Southland Conference title, returns six lettermen including senior shooting guard Desmond Haymon and junior forward Jacob Parker. Both Haymon and Parker were named to the preseason All-SLC teams announced Oct. 23. Haymond garnered first team honors, while Parker was named to the second team.
Haymon averaged 10.6 points per game in 2012-13 and will look to carry much of the scoring load this season. The Pickens, Miss., native, earned was named to the 2012-13 SLC all-tournament team after averaging 19.5 points across two games.
Parker was one of the top perimeter shooters for SFA last season, connecting on 26-of-63 shots from beyond the arc (.413) while averaging 7.2 points and 4.3 rebounds per contest. The native of Bixby, Okla., scored in double-figures 10 times.
Walkup was the ‘Jacks sixth man last year and was the team’s top offensive rebounder. Pinkney is expected to start at point guard after backing up Bateman last season.
The ‘Jacks will enter the season with eight new signees, including three transfers. SFA had to reload after losing the reigning SLC Player of the Year Taylor Smith and second-team all-conference selections Antonio Bostic and Hal Bateman to graduation.
Freshman Ben Brown-White is a graduate of Fort Bend Dulles High School in Sugar Land, Texas. Last season Brown-White averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds per game for the Vikings.
Junior Connor Brooks is a 6-4 shooting guard from Northern Oklahoma Junior College, helping the Jets to a 45-20 in his two-year junior college career. He got into 29 games as a freshman, averaging 7.5 points per game and nearly doubled that as a sophomore, averaging 13.1 points and 6.5 boards per contest in earning first team all-region honors.
Freshman Dallas Cameron checks in as a 6-3, 175-pound point guard, and was the MVP of the Florida state tournament as a senior. He averaged 10.8 points, 6.4 assists, 3.0 rebounds, 2.3 steals as a senior in addition to being named the Broward County Player of the Year twice in his prep career.
Junior Tanner Clayton, is a 6-9 power forward from Arizona Western Junior College and will bring immediate size and athleticism to the Lumberjack frontcourt. Originally a signee of USC as a volleyball middle blocker out of San Diego's Rancho Bernardo, Clayton decided to go the basketball route after his redshirt season with the Trojans. As a sophomore he averaged 9.8 points, 10.5 rebounds and hit 42.9 percent from beyond the arc on the season, earning all-conference and all-region second team honors.
Freshman Justin Dotson, a 6-4 shooting guard from D.W. Daniel High School, finished up his 2012-13 senior season by being named the region’s player of the year and guided the Lions to a 21-8 record, advancing to the semifinals of the state tournament. He was also selected to play in the Carolina Classic all-star game, featuring the top seniors from South Carolina and North Carolina.
Junior Sharife Sergeant is a 6-9 post from Tyler Junior College (TX), and averaged 5.5 points and pulled in 2.8 rebounds for the Apaches, who went 22-9 in 2012-13. Originally a native of Bronx, N.Y., Sergeant will bring much-needed bulk and depth to a Lumberjack roster, which will return just two players at 6-6 or taller.
2013-14 Men’s Basketball Preseason Polls
Sports Information Directors’ Poll
(Abilene Christian and UIW were not eligible in preseason polls, as they will not play a full slate of league games in their first year of transition into Division I. Additionally, neither team is eligible for postseason play until 2017-18.)