James Thomas Preseason All-Southland

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HUNTSVILLE, Texas Sam Houston State senior forward James Thomas has been named to the 2013-14 preseason All-Southland Conference men’s basketball team, the league office announced Wednesday.

Thomas, a second-team member, led the Bearkats to the semifinals of the conference tournament and averaged a team-best 9.6 points and 5.8 rebounds in 34 games last season.

He established himself as a scorer late in the season and was the only Sam Houston player to own a double-digit scoring average in conference play. He totaled double figures in six games, including a season-best 26 at Central Arkansas.

The Irving High School product was named as the team’s Most Valuable Player after receiving honorable mention honors last season.

Two returning all-conference players – Northwestern State senior forward DeQuan Hicks and Oral Roberts senior guard/forward Shawn Glover – were automatic selections to the preseason teams, leaving eight spots available for the league’s coaches to select.

They are joined on the first team by Northwestern State sophomore guard Jalan West, Stephen F. Austin senior guard Desmond Haymon and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi junior guard John Jordan.

Thomas is joined on the second-team preseason all-conference squad by McNeese State forward Desharick Guidry and guard Kevin Hardy, Nicholls guard Dantrell Thomas and SFA forward Jacob Parker.

The official men’s basketball preseason polls, as selected by the league coaches and sports information directors, will be announced Wednesday, Oct. 30.

Basketball season tickets are on sale now at www.gobearkats.com and at the SHSU athletic ticket office located in the Ron Mafrige Field House.

To contact the SHSU athletic ticket office by phone, call (936) 294-1729. Ticket office hours at the Ron Mafrige Field House are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

First Team
Name Cl. Pos. School Hometown
DeQuan Hicks Sr. F Northwestern State Racine, Wis.
Shawn Glover Sr. G/F Oral Roberts Dallas, Texas
Jalan West So. G Northwestern State Bossier City, La.
Desmond Haymon Sr. G Stephen F. Austin Durant, Miss.
John Jordan Jr. G A&M-Corpus Christi Houston, Texas

Second Team
Name Cl. Pos. School Hometown
Desharick Guidry Jr. F McNeese State Lake Charles, La.
James Thomas Sr. F Sam Houston State Duncanville, Texas
Kevin Hardy Jr. G McNeese State Lake Charles, La.
Dantrell Thomas Sr. G Nicholls Many, La.
Jacob Parker Jr. F Stephen F. Austin Bixby, Okla.

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