Oct. 19, 2010
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- With the basketball season just a few days old, several outlets have honored the Navy men's basketball team in their respective preseason publications and web sites. Most notably, Rivals.com / Yahoo Sports has picked the Midshipmen to finish fourth in its preseason poll, with junior guard Jordan Sugars garnering a number of accolades.
Sugars, a 6-4, 216-pound guard from Winchester, Va., has been named to the preseason Patriot League first-team squad by the Sporting News, Athlon, RushTheCourt.net and Rivals.com / Yahoo Sports. Sugars was the only player in the league last year to rank in the top five of both scoring (15.8 ppg) and rebounding (8.0). In addition, he connected on 78 three-pointers, the fourth most by a player in school history. He was one of just nine freshmen or sophomores nationally to average 15.0 ppg and 8.0 rpg, joining the ranks of NBA Draft picks Luke Babbitt (Nevada), Greg Monroe (Georgetown), Al-Farouq Aminu (Wake Forest) and DeMarcus Cousins (Kentucky) in the exclusive group.
In addition, Sugars was named to the second team by Lindy's and O.J. Avworo (Sr. / Houston, Texas) was named the "Best Playmaker" by the magazine. Avworo averaged a league-best 5.8 assists per game last winter, ranking 14th nationally.
The Mids have ranked anywhere from fourth to seventh in the various preseason polls, highlighted by the selection by Rivals.com / Yahoo Sports. Below are snippets of what the preseason magazines have to say:
Sporting News (6th) -- Spoiled over the last five years by prolific scorers Greg Sprink, Kaleo Kina and Chris Harris, Navy next turns to Jordan Sugars, an athletic 6-4 guard, to light it up. The tireless Sugars (15.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg) connected for 78 three-pointers last year -- fourth most in Academy history.
Lindy's (6th) --
Coach Billy Lange
always has a big-time scorer and this season it is shooting guard Jordan Sugars
, who was the No. 2 option to league scoring champ Chris Harris
last season. The Midshipmen, though, may have more balanced scoring, and playmaking guard O.J. Avworo
, senior forward Romeo Garcia
(Cypress, Texas) and 6-11 center Mark Veazey
(Lilburn, Ga.) will be happy to oblige.
Athlon (7th) -- The most likely candidate (to replace Harris) is junior guard Jordan Sugars, who was the only player in the league to rank in the top five in both scoring and rebounding. He will get help from seniors Romeo Garcia and O.J. Avworo (league-best 5.8 apg).
Navy opens the season on Monday, Nov. 8, at Texas in the 2KSports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer. The game will be televised nationally by ESPNU, beginning at 9:00 pm (ET).
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