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Big South Media Day Awards and Notes

The Big South held their annual Media Day in Myrtle Beach today. There was plenty of news and the unveiling of preseason awards and polls.


The Big South hosted their Media Down in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and released the preseason predictions and awards. The High Point Panthers were overwhelmingly picked to win the North Division, while the Barclay Radebaugh's Charleston Southern Buccaneers ran away with the South Division voting.

Both teams were also represented well on the the preseason All-Conference First Team. High Point was represented by sophomore John Brown and graduate student Allan Chaney, and Charleston Southern's backcourt of Saah Nimley and Arlon Harper were also on the team. Reigning Defensive Player of the Year D.J. Covington was the fifth member of the First Team. John Brown, who was the conference's Freshman of the Year after averaging 16 points and 6 rebounds per game last year, was named the preseason Player of the Year.

The Second Team was represented by a pair of seniors from defending champion Liberty in three point threat Davon Marshall and point guard John Caleb Sanders. Longwood's Tristan Carey, Radford's Javonte Green, and Gardner-Webb's Donta Harper rounded out the conference's Second Team awards.

Injury Notes:

- Longwood's David Robinson is still suffering from a shoulder injury is out indefinitely and there is a chance he could miss the season. First year head coach Jayson Gee noted that senior big man Jeff Havenstein will be in the starting lineup. The 6'8 Havenstein averaged less than one point and 1.5 rebounds per game, but is expected to be one of the Lancers most improved players for Gee's pressure defense.

- Winthrop's Derrick Henry still is having lingering knee issues and second year head coach Pat Kelsey did not rule out Henry possibly sitting out this season. Henry is Winthrop's top returning scorer after averaging over 11 points per game a year ago.

North Division (first-place votes) -- Points
1. High Point (25) -- 175
2. Liberty (3) -- 137
3. Radford -- 104
4. VMI (2) -- 93
5. Campbell -- 78
6. Longwood -- 43

South Division (first-place votes) -- Points
1. Charleston Southern (28) -- 177
2. Gardner-Webb -- 117
3. Coastal Carolina (2) -- 115
4. UNC Asheville -- 99
5. Winthrop -- 90
6. Presbyterian College -- 32

Check out the Mid-Major Madness Big South Preseason Preview and a the Top 10 Players to Watch.