It'll be here before you know it...November 14. With the season just around the corner we're turning the page on the 2013-14 season and look forward to the 2014-15 season. We closed out 2013-14 with a look at our end of year awards and All-American teams after an awesome year. Now it's time to focus on the upcoming season starting with a breakdown of of our Mid-Major Madness Preseason 2nd Team All-Americans!
G- Keifer Sykes, Green Bay Phoenix: Sykes ended last year on our Mid-Major Madness 2nd Team along with Chaz Williams after being outvoted by Billy Baron and Fred Van Vleet. Since then Sykes has been a national media darling and maybe even the face of mid-major basketball heading into the 2014-15 season. The senior point guard also may have enhanced his professional stock with a great showing at Chris Paul's camp this past summer. Sykes finished last year averaging 20.3 points, 4.9 assists, and 4.4 rebounds per game for Brian Wardle's Phoenix. The Chicago native is squarely in the race for our Player of the Year honor in April.
G- Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga Bulldogs: Kevin Pangos is back for year number 27 at Gonzaga, or at least it feels that way. The WCC is squaring up to be a big time battle between Gonzaga and BYU all year and the Canadian import will likely be in a tight Player of the Year race with Tyler Haws. Pangos finished last year averaging 14.4 points, 3.6 assists, and 3.3 rebounds. With some new toys in Spokane for the point guard, look for an exciting year for Pangos.
G/F- Tyler Haws, BYU Cougars: Speaking of the WCC and Tyler Haws...here he is. The BYU scorer winds up where he ended last year on our 2nd Team after averaging 23.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game a year ago. Look for Haws to have another monster year and his third straight season scoring 20-plus points per outing.
F- R.J. Hunter, Georgia State Panthers: RJ Hunter ended last year flirting with the NBA a bit and ending up on our Honorable Mention squad, now the coach's son is back and anchoring maybe the most hyped mid-major squad coming into this season. Hunter averaged 18.3 points and 4.6 rebounds alongside Ryan Harrow a year ago and now the Panthers add Kevin Ware to the mix. Georgia State has to have a bitter taste left in their mouth from their Sun Belt Championship loss in March which means Hunter will be even more motivated his junior season.
F- John Brown, High Point Panthers: Most people know John Brown from his Top 10 dunks on SportsCenter which has given a little more recognition to the reigning Big South Player of the Year. Brown is just a junior but announced this summer that this will be his last year for the Panthers. Look for 6'8 Jacksonville native, who averaged 19.5 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game last year, to be on a mission after seeing his Panthers win the Big South regular season title and lose in the first round of the conference tournament for two straight years.