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No Rams on SIAC preseason hoops teams; ASU leads SIAC teams in football polls

Photo by Daniel Kay

Photo by Daniel Kay

ATLANTA -- The SIAC announced the 2010-11 Men's and Women's Preseason All-Conference Teams and Predictions on Wednesday, and no players from Albany State were on the men's or women's first and second teams.

The Men's and Women's Basketball Coaches Association, which chooses the teams and predictions, picked the Lady Rams to finish eighth in the conference and the Rams to finish sixth.

The women's preseason team features five returning players from the 2009-10 teams, led by Lane's Veronica Jackson. Jackson, a 5-10 senior, lead the SIAC in scoring in 2009-2010 with 20.2 points per game. She was also the SIAC's sixth-leading rebounder, averaging 8.6 rebounds per contest.

Eight players return from the 2009-10 men's all-conference teams, led by reigning Player of the Year Najee Lane of Clark Atlanta. Lane, a 6-4 guard/forward, led Clark Atlanta in scoring and rebounding, averaging 13.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.

The Fort Valley State women were picked to finish first by the league's women's coaches. The Lady Wildcats, led by junior forward Kendra Evans, look to repeat as regular season champions after a 21-1 conference record, 26-2 overall, in 2009-10. The Benedict Lady Tigers were picked to finish second after winning the 2010 women's conference championship followed by Kentucky State and Tuskegee, both picked to finish third.

Also looking to repeat as regular season champions will be the Clark Atlanta men, who were picked by the coaches to finish in first going into the 2010-211 season. Led by seniors Najee Lane and David Brown, the Panthers will look to build on last season's campaign when they finished with a 19-5 conference record, 24-6 overall.

After winning the 2010 men's conference championship, Tuskegee was picked to finish second followed by Claflin, which was picked to finish third.

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RISIN' UP: Albany State leads three teams in the SIAC climbing football polls this season.

The AFCA Division II Coaches' Top 25 poll, which was released Monday, features the Rams (6-0) climbing to the No. 10 spot after defeating Miles, 34-7, last week.

ASU, which leads the nation in total defense and travels to Columbia, S.C., Saturday to take on Benedict, is six spots ahead of No. 16 Tuskegee (5-1) and 12 spots ahead of No. 22 Morehouse (5-1).

Other polls in which SIAC teams are ranked:

- Heritage Sports Radio Network Top 10 Division II Poll: Albany State (1), Tuskegee (2), Fort Valley State (3) Morehouse (7).

- Boxtorow.com/BlackAthlete.com HBCU Media Top 10 Poll: Albany State (3), Tuskegee (5), and Morehouse (9).

- Urban Sports News Black College Football Poll: Albany State (5), Tuskegee (7) and Morehouse (10).

- HBCUDigest.com Black College Football Poll: Albany State (1) Fort Valley State (3), Tuskegee (4), Morehouse (6), Clark Atlanta (10).

- Sheridan Broadcasting Network Black College Football Poll: Albany State (3), Tuskegee (4), Morehouse (9).