SMU Picked To Finish Sixth In Inaugural American Athletic Conference Season
Oct. 16, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (SMU/The American) --- SMU Men's Basketball was picked to finish sixth in the American Athletic Conference's first preseason coaches' poll. SMU freshman Keith Frazier, a McDonald's All-American from Dallas Kimball High School, was tabbed as the Preseason Rookie of the Year. Defending NCAA Champion Louisville was the unanimous selection to win the league. Connecticut was picked second while 2013 NCAA teams Memphis, Cincinnati and Temple were picked third, fourth and fifth, respectively.
The Mustangs return all five starters in their second season under head coach Larry Brown while adding the No. 14 ranked recruiting class and three transfers that sat out last season. The Mustangs went 15-17 last year with Cannen Cunningham, Jalen Jones, Ryan Manuel, Nick Russell, and Shawn Williams starting the entire season. They are joined by transfers Nic Moore (from Illinois State), Markus Kennedy (from Villanova) and Crandall Head (from Illinois). The recruiting class that is ranked as high as No. 14 includes Frazier, one of the nation's top junior college prospects in Yanick Moreira, and a pair of Illinois' Mr. Basketball finalists from the Chicago area in Sterling Brown and Ben Moore. The Mustangs also return Kevin Dunleavy while adding newcomers Jean-Micheal Mudiay and Jonathan Wilfong.
SMU opens the season on Nov. 8 versus TCU in the Tip-Off Showcase at the American Airlines Center at 6:30 p.m. The inaugural season in the American Athletic Conference begins at Cincinnati on Jan. 1 followed by SMU's debut in the newly-renovated Moody Coliseum ($47 million) on Saturday, Jan. 4, when the Mustangs host three-time NCAA champion Connecticut.
SEASON TICKETS - SMU has 16 home games this year. All nine American Athletic Conference home games will be on campus in Moody Coliseum. Season tickets start at just $125. For more information call 214-SMU-GAME (214-768-4263) or click HERE. All SMU basketball games are broadcast on the Mustangs Radio Network; which includes the flagship KAAM 770 AM in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and SMUMustangs.com.
2013-14 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE PRESEASON COACHES' POLL
2013-14 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE PRESEASON INDIVIDUAL HONORS
Preseason Player of the Year
Preseason Rookie of the Year
Preseason All-Conference Teams
* unanimous selection