Men's hoops: Bulls picked 10th by AAC coaches
The USF men's basketball team's overhauled roster hasn't resulted in overhauled expectations, at least not within the American Athletic Conference coaching fraternity.
The Bulls, coming off a 9-23 season, were picked to finish 10th out of 11 teams by league coaches in the AAC's preseason poll. Only Tulane (11 points) received fewer points than USF (20).
"I don't really care about it because that just gives us motivation to go out there and work harder and show the world that we're better than what y'all think," senior C Jaleel Cousins said. "You're gonna underestimate us and we're gonna show y'all something different."
SMU, ineligible for postseason play, was picked to win the conference, receiving eight of 11 first-place votes. Connecticut (two) and Cincinnati (one) got the other first-place votes.
No Bull was picked for either the preseason All-AAC first or second team. SMU fifth-year senior PG Nic Moore was chosen preseason player of the year.
American Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches Poll
(First-place votes in parentheses)
1. SMU (8)
2. UConn (2)
3. Cincinnati (1)
8. East Carolina
F Octavius Ellis, Sr., Cincinnati
G/F Daniel Hamilton, So., UConn
F Markus Kennedy, R-Sr., SMU
G Nic Moore, R-Sr., SMU
G James Woodard, Sr., Tulsa
G Troy Caupain, Jr., Cincinnati
C Amida Brimah, Jr., UConn
G Sterling Gibbs, Sr., UConn
F Shaq Goodwin, Sr., Memphis
G Shaquille Harrison, Sr., Tulsa
American Player of the Year
Nic Moore, SMU
American Rookie of the Year
G Jalen Adams, Fr., UConn