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STEPHENVILLE (October 26, 2016) – Tarleton men’s basketball has been picked to finish second in the Lone Star Conference, according to the league’s preseason poll.
Tarleton, who is coming off its second straight South Central Regional championship, received 240 total votes and seven first-place votes. Midwestern State is the preseason favorite to win the LSC with 253 votes and 12 first-place votes.
The LSC preseason poll is voted on by LSC head coaches, sports information directors and media representatives throughout the league.
Head coach Lonn Reisman, who enters the 2016-17 season with 613 wins in 28 seasons at Tarleton, returns six lettermen and two starters from last year’s 24-9 squad that rolled through the South Central Regional tournament and defeated Angelo State in the finals for its LSC-record fourth regional championship.
Headlining the returning Texans are South Central regional tournament MVP Romond Jenkins (7.2 points, 7.7 rebounds), Deshawn Riddick (5.9 points, 2.3 assists), Chantz Chambers (5.8 points, 2.1 rebounds) and Nosa Ebomwonyi (3.0 points, 2.1 rebounds).
Reisman and his staff added five transfers to the roster and also have five freshmen who were redshirted last season that will make their Texan debuts.
Behind Tarleton in the preseason poll is Angelo State in third with 239 votes (eight first place votes) and West Texas A&M in fourth with 211 votes and one first place vote. Texas A&M-Commerce placed fifth (152 votes), Texas A&M-Kingsville in sixth (120), Cameron in seventh (108) and Eastern New Mexico in eighth (93). Texas-Permian Basin (88) and Western New Mexico (36), who joined the LSC this season, are ranked ninth and tenth, respectively.
West Texas A&M’s junior guard David Chavlovich was named the preseason player of the year. Chavlovich is the reigning LSC player of the year.
Tarleton opens the regular season on Nov. 11 against Adams State for the Texan Tip-Off Classic in Wisdom Gym. The Texans will play a home exhibition game against Southwest Christian University on Nov. 6 at 4 p.m. that’s open to the public.