We reached out our colleagues and friends in the Big South last week to get an early look at the conference and how everyone thinks the 2015-16 season will shake out. Last year was one of the craziest on record with a logjam of teams in the conference tournament seeding process. The challenging season resulted in Coastal Carolina winning back-to-back titles and Winthrop, Longwood, and Gardner-Webb left standing in the conference semifinals.
2015-16 Standings Predictions
|1.||Winthrop Eagles||81 (6)|
|2.||Coastal Carolina Chanticleers||77 (3)|
|3.||High Point Panthers||72|
|5.||UNC Asheville Bulldogs||55 (1)|
|7.||Charleston Southern Buccaneers||45|
|8.||Presbyterian Blue Hose||41|
|10.||Campbell Fighting Camels||18|
Preseason Player of the Year
John Brown, High Point
John Brown is back for his senior season after saying last year would be his last for the Panthers and a lack of serious NBA consideration. Brown will certainly put up the numbers again in the 2015-16 but Scott Cherry has done little to provide the players around him in the frontcourt to showcase his game. The Panthers lost a big time commit late in the period and it's yet to be seen if Miles Bowman can turn into a valuable post presence to help Brown carry the load down low or if freshman Ricky Madison might help.
Brown was almost a unanimous decision but Longwood's Shaquille Johnson garnered a vote, as well as Winthrop newcomer Zac Price.
Preseason First Team
G- Keon Johnson, Winthrop
G- Elijah Wilson, Coastal Carolina
F- Shaq Johnson, Longwood
F- John Brown, High Point
F- Tyrell Nelson, Gardner-Webb
Others Receiving Votes: DeSean Murray (Presbyterian), Zac Price (Winthrop), Lotanna Nwogbo (Longwood), Badou Diagne (Coastal Carolina), Shivaughn Wiggins (Coastal Carolina), Ya Ya Anderson (Radford), Xavier Cooks (Winthrop)
A big thanks to all of our voters including those at Winthrop Fans, HPU Panthers Message Board, College Hoops Digest, LancersBlog, Camel Fans, and Liberty Flames Nation.