The early predictions have it that Strahan Coliseum will see its happiest basketball season in years. Texas State sports information photo.
The early previews for Texas State’s long-suffering men’s basketball program apparently bode well for the team, which begins its season in November.
The Sporting News has selected the Bobcats to win the West Division of the Southland Conference. The Bobcats finished 15-16 overall and 9-7 in the league last season. It was their best showing within the Southland Conference since 1998-9.
The Bobcats figure to have their most talented squad in years. Among the four returning starters are senior forward Cameron Johnson, an all-conference selection who turned in many double-doubles last year.
But the Bobcats also are bringing in talent that has transferred from major programs. A.J. Stewart, who sat out last season after transferring from Kentucky, will be eligible this season. The Sporting News has tabbed Stewart at the league’s Newcomer of the Year.
Also joining the team this season are Eddie Rios from Miami and Matt Staff from New Mexico.
The other returning starters are guards Ryan White, Uriel Segura and John Bowman.
The Sporting News picked Texas State to finish ahead of Stephen F. Austin (SFA) in the West Division. In the East Division, The Sporting News picked Southeastern Louisiana to beat out Nicholls State.
Along with Johnson, the all-conference team includes Devin Gibson of Texas-San Antonio, Eddie Williams of SFA, Anatoly Bose of Nicholls and Gilberto Clavell of Sam Houston State. Bose was selected as the preseason Player of the Year.