Belmont Abbey Tabbed Favorite in 2019-20 Conference Carolinas Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Belmont Abbey narrowly edged out Barton in the 2019-20 Conference Carolinas Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll.

The conference office officially unveiled the preseason poll that was chosen by the league’s head coaches on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. 

Belmont Abbey captured three first-place votes in securing the top spot with a total of 98 points. Barton also received three first-first place votes, but a sixth-place vote and two fourth-place votes was the difference in them sitting just behind Belmont Abbey in second with 95 points.

Mount Olive was the only one in the preseason poll in the top six to not receive a first-place vote, but the Trojans with 86 total points finished just one spot ahead of King (85) in third place despite the Tornado receiving two first-place votes. Defending regular season and tournament champion Emmanuel was tabbed fifth in the preseason poll with one first-place vote and a total of 83 points. Lees-McRae, the 2018 Conference Carolinas Men's Basketball Tournament champion, received two first-place votes to sit in sixth with a total of 72 points.

Limestone was tabbed seventh with 50 points followed by Erskine (47), Chowan (42), Southern Wesleyan (32) and North Greenville (25).

The 2020 Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships will officially start on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 with higher seeded institutions hosting quarterfinal matchups for the right to advance to the semifinals at Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. on Saturday, March 7, 2020. The championship games of the 2020 Conference Carolinas Basketball Championships will be held in Spartanburg on Sunday, March 8, 2020. 

2019-20 Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll

Team

1st

Total 

1. Belmont Abbey

3

98

2. Barton

3

95

3. Mount Olive

 

86

4. King

 2

85

5. Emmanuel

 1

83

6. Lees-McRae

 2

72

7. Limestone

 

50

8. Erskine

 

47

9. Chowan

 

42

10. Southern Wesleyan

 

32

11. North Greenville

 

25

Conference Carolinas Men’s Basketball Players to Watch (Submitted by Conference Carolinas Coaches)

Barton
Michael Boykin, Sr., G, Clinton, N.C. (2018-19 third team All-Conference Carolinas, 2016-17 Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year)
Isaiah Reddish, Jr., F, Durham, N.C. (2018-19 third team All-Conference Carolinas) 

Belmont Abbey
DeQuan Abrom, Sr., G, Washington, D.C. (Preseason All-America selection by Division II Bulletin and Street & Smith's, 2018-19 Conference Carolinas Player of the Year, 2018-19 first team All-Conference Carolinas, 2019 All-Tournament, 2017-18 first team All-Conference Carolinas, 2018 All-Tournament)
Romeao Ferguson, Jr., G, Burlington, N.C. (2018-19 first team All-Conference Carolinas, 2019 All-Tournament)
Sean Halloran, So., G, Orlando, Fla.

Chowan
Ja’Darien Wade R-So, G, Vienna, W.Va. 
Tim Bing Sr., G, District Heights, Md.

Emmanuel
Brandon Simpson, Jr., G, Germantown, Md. (2018-19 second team All-Conference Carolinas, 2019 All-Tournament)
Emerson McClung, Sr., G, Alpharetta, Ga.
Michael Wright, So., G, Summerville, S.C. 

Erskine
Jaywaun Washington Sr., F, Cross, S.C.
Jordan Watson, Sr., G, Columbia, S.C.
Trent Smoot, Sr., W, Pasadena, Md.

King
Jordan Floyd, Sr., G, Stone Mountain, Ga. (2017-18 Conference Carolinas Player of the Year, 2017-18 first team All-Conference Carolinas, 2017-18 NABC and D2CCA first team All-Southeast Region selection)
James Brown, Sr., G, Lansing, Mich. (2018-19 third team All-Conference Carolinas)
Mike Salomon, Sr., F, Statesboro, Ga.

Lees-McRae
Quay Kimble, Jr., G, Shelby, N.C. (2018-19 third team All-Conference Carolinas; 2017-18 Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year)
Jason Saintizaire, Sr., G., Lake Worth, Fla.
Kamil Williams, Sr., G, West Palm Beach, Fla.

Limestone
Rudy Bibb-Boyd, RS-Jr., G, Gainesville, Fla.
Joseph Battle, Jr., G, Abbeville, S.C.

Mount Olive
Michael Brown, So., G, Winchester, Va. (2018-19 Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year)
Cameron Robinson, Sr., G, Woodbridge, Va. 

North Greenville
Ryan Mobley, Jr., G, Waxhaw, N.C.
Jacob Redding, Jr., G, Fort Wayne, Ind. 

Southern Wesleyan
Jalen Lowery, So. G, Charlotte, N.C. (2018-19 third team All-Conference Carolinas)

This is Conference Carolinas

Conference Carolinas has a rich tradition in roots that dates back to its early initial inception on Dec. 6, 1930. The NCAA Division II athletics conference presently has member schools located in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Conference Carolinas member institutions are Barton, Belmont Abbey, Chowan, Converse, Emmanuel, Erskine, King, Lees-McRae, Limestone, Mount Olive, North Greenville and Southern Wesleyan. 

Conference Carolinas believes in the development and formation of the whole person in body, mind and soul. Our students are nationally recognized for their extraordinary success in the classroom, in the community and at the highest levels of NCAA competition.

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