The South Poll

By - October 11, 2006

Following lunch, Coastal Carolina associate athletics director Matt Hogue emceed a video presentation of the Men's Preseason Poll, All-Conference Team and Player of the Year announcements. To the surprise of no one, two-time defending Big South champion Winthrop was a unanimous pick to three-peat in voting conducted by the league's head coaches, sports information directors and media.

1. Winthrop (30): 240 points
2. Coastal Carolina: 187
3. High Point: 182
4. Charleston Southern: 121
5. Liberty: 117
6. UNC Asheville: 100
7. Radford: 87
8. VMI: 46

With six of eight first-place votes and 94 total points, Preseason POY Torrell Martin headlines the All-Conference team. Joining the Columbia, S.C., native on the five-man squad is teammate and New Zealand native Craig Bradshaw, Liberty's Larry Blair, High Point's Arizona Reid, Coastal Carolina's Jack Leasure.

While Martin repeats as the league's Preseason Player of the Year, it was the rising junior Leasure who took postseason honors following the 2005-06 season, averaging 17.8 points and connecting on 41.9 percent of his attempts from downtown.

Last season, the Rochester, N.Y., native led the Chanticleers to 10 more wins than the year before and the team's first winning record since the 1993-94 campaign.

Posted by at 01:20 PM on October 11, 2006

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