WINTER PARK, Fla. – The Saint Leo men's basketball team, coming off its second-straight NCAA Tournament appearance and a Sunshine State Conference regular season championship, have been selected to finish third among the Sunshine State Conference schools, it was announced Wednesday morning by the SSC.
Overall, Florida Southern has been selected as the preseason favorite to win the 2013-14 Sunshine State Conference men's basketball title.
The Moccasins collected 63 points and seven of the nine first-place votes in a preseason poll conducted among the conference men's basketball coaches.
Florida Tech, who finished fourth in the conference a season ago was picked to finish second. The Panthers received 53 points and the other two first-place votes. Rollins followed Saint Leo as they received 44 points for fourth, while Eckerd collected 31 points for the fifth slot. Rounding out the ranks were Lynn (28 points), Nova Southeastern (21 points), and Barry and Tampa both earning 19 points.
The Division II Bulletin preseason top-25 poll was released on Oct. 8 with Florida Southern ranked No. 14. Florida Tech received votes.
In addition, Saint Leo senior Jerrell Harris was named a Division II Bulletin Super 16 preseason All-American.
The Lions posted another record-breaking season in 2012-13 where they made a repeat trip to the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the regional semifinals. Returning six starters and seven letter-winners from last season's team, Harris is the only underclassman to earn All-Conference First Team honors last season. Sitting out 2012, Harris's influence was huge in 2013 as he averaged nearly 15 points and looks to become even more of an impact his senior year.
Saint Leo will start its trek toward another postseason journey when they travel to Puerto Rico to play in the Mayaguez Basketball Classic beginning on November 8.
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2013-14 Sunshine State Conference Preseason Men's Basketball Poll
Rank - Team, Points (1st-place votes)
1 - Florida Southern, 63 (7)
2 - Florida Tech, 53 (2)
3 - Saint Leo, 46
4 - Rollins, 44
5 - Eckerd, 31
6 - Lynn, 28
7 - Nova Southeastern, 21
T8 - Barry, 19
T8 - Tampa, 19