DURANT, Okla. – After posting a fifth-place finish a season ago, the Great American Conference coaches have selected Southeastern to improve on that mark with a third place finish according to the GAC Preseason Poll released on Tuesday.
The Savage Storm finished with a 15-12 mark a season ago and an 11-9 mark in league play but earned the No. 4 seed in the conference tournament.
While SE loses its top five scorers and four of the five players that started at least half the games a year ago, SE does return a talented backcourt led by Travis Timmons who led the GAC and was top 10 in the nation in assists a season ago before missing seven games due to an injury.
Timmons averaged 7.6 ppg on the year, but did most of his damage in distributing the ball with 5.85 assists per game, including a school-record 16 in one contest and a total of four games with 10-or-more assists. Not counting the final three games of the season in which he was still limited, Timmons dished out 6.7 assists per contest over the first 17 games of the year.
Possibly SE’s most anticipated return, however, has been two years in the making as Urald King makes a return to the court after missing all but one game of the 2012-13 season. He did pour in 25 points in 27 minutes in his one outing, shooting 69.2 percent from the floor. In his last full season, 2011-12, he averaged 11.3 ppg and shot 53.7 percent from the floor while also leading the team with 7.4 rebounds per game.
The Storm will also welcome 12 players that have yet to play a game in the Blue and Gold either returning after a redshirt season or coming in as new freshmen or transfers.
Taggart Lockhart and John Balwigaire come to Southeastern after stops at Division I. Lockhart made 11 starts last season for Arkansas-Little Rock and averaged 5.1 ppg and 2.7 ppg, while Balwigaire averaged had three starts and averaged 4.3 ppg in his last season with Wright State.
SE returns three players who served redshirt season a year ago in Randy Peters, Spencer Carroll and Daichi Taniguchi, while four come in as juniors and five others join the squad a true freshmen.
Arkansas Tech topped the poll with 97 points and seven of the 11 first place votes, with Harding second with 91 points and three first place votes.
SE was 23 points behind with its 68 points in the balloting, eight ahead of Arkansas-Monticello in fourth.
Ouachita Baptist with picked fifth with 54 points, while Henderson State tallied 52 points and the lone remaining first place vote to finish sixth.
Northwestern Oklahoma State and Southwestern Oklahoma State finished seventh and eighth, separated by one point, while Southern Nazarene, East Central and Southern Arkansas rounded out the poll.
Southeastern Men’s Roster 2013-2014
Number _Name_ Height_ Grade
2 _Quinton Threadgill_ 5-9_ So.
3 _John Balwigaire_ 6-2_ Sr.
4 _Randy Peter _6-4 _Jr.
11 _Taylor Smaller_ 5-9_ Jr.
12 _Anton Cook_ 6-2_ Fr.
14 _Spencer Carroll_ 6-6_ Fr.
15 _Travis Timmons_ 6-1_ Sr.
20 _Urald King_ 6-6_ Jr.
33_ Daichi Taniguchi_ 6-7_ Jr.
40 _Darius Harris _6-8 _Jr.
44 _Andersen Fagundes_ 6-9_ Fr.
50 _Tyler Lonzie_ 6-6_ Fr.
Head Coach: Kelly Green
Assistant Coach: Ryan Quinn
Graduate Assistant: Michael Gholston Jr.
Student Assistants: Carliss Robinson and Shawn Phifer
Southeastern 2013-14 Basketball Schedule
Dec. 5 Arkansas Tech University - Away @ 7:30
Dec. 7 Harding University - Away @ 4:00
Jan. 2 Southern Arkansas University - Away @ 7:30
Jan. 4 University of Arkansas at Monticello - Away @ 4:00
Jan. 9 Southwestern Oklahoma State University - Home @ 7:30
Jan. 11 Northwestern Oklahoma State University - Home @ 7:30
Jan. 18 Southern Nazarene University - Away @ 4:00
Jan. 22 East Central University - Home @ 7:30
Jan. 26 Arkansas Tech University - Home @ 4:00
Jan. 30 Ouachita Baptist University - Away @ 7:30
Feb. 1 Henderson State University - Away @ 4:00
Feb. 6 University of Arkansas at Monticello - Home @ 7:30
Feb. 8 Southern Arkansas University - Home @ 4:00
Feb 13 Northwestern Oklahoma State University - Away @ 7:30