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ATLANTA, Ga. – Senior guard Robert Andrews of Morehouse has been voted the 2019 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Preseason Player of the Year and senior forward Romaine Thomas of Clark Atlanta has earned the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year selection, announced Wednesday by the league office.siac09 logo

The preseason honors and predicted order of finish are voted on by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors. 
 
Entering his second campaign with the Maroon Tigers, Andrews is a player to watch. During his junior campaign, the Detroit transfer played a pivotal role in Morehouse’s success as one of the team’s leading scorers. Averaging 12.3 points a game and 3.2 rebounds a game while shooting 46.2 percent from the field, Andrews garnished the honor of Newcomer of the Year and second-team all-conference during his first year. In addition to his stellar play, Andrews 3-point percentage (44%) was marked as the league’s best during his first year in the conference.  The senior guard tallied 26 assists, 15 steals, and six blocks, and is looking forward to leading his team during his senior campaign. 
 
CAU's Thomas, a 6’8 senior from Bronx, New York, averaged 11.8 points and 9.2 rebounds a game during his junior season with Panthers. As one of the top leading rebounders in the league, Thomas shot nearly 40 percent from the field and 73.4 percent from the free throw line. Thomas also tallied 19 blocks and 16 steals on the season, as he was one of the top conference leaders in blocks. 
 
Joining Andrews and Thomas on the 2019 SIAC Men’s Basketball Preseason Team are Devin Booker (LeMoyne-Owen), Tyrone Banks (LeMoyne-Owen), Myles Thomas (Tuskegee). New additions include James Eads of Tuskegee University, Michael Olmert of Morehouse College, Jelani Watson-Gayle of Miles College, Shawn Foxbrennen of Fort Valley State, and Charles Moore of Paine College
 
First Team

Name Position Institution Classification Hometown
Devin Booker* Guard LeMoyne-Owen Sophomore Chicago, Ill.
Robert Andrews* Guard Morehouse Senior Detroit, Mi
Tyrone Banks* Guard Lemoyne-Owen Senior Memphis, Tn
Myles Thomas* Forward Tuskegee Senior Tallahassee, Fl
James Eads Guard/Forward Tuskegee Senior Orlando, Fl.

Second Team

Name Position Institution Classification Hometown
Michael Olmert Guard Morehouse Senior Atlanta, Ga.
Romaine Thomas Forward Clark Atlanta Senior Bronx, NY
Jelani Watson-Gayle Guard Miles Junior London, England
Shawn Foxbrennen Forward Fort Valley State Senior Miami Gardens, Fla.
Charles Moore Guard Paine Junior Conyers, Ga.


*Indicates returner for 2018-19 SIAC All-Conference Team
 
Superlatives
Preseason Player of the Year:  Robert Andrews, Morehouse
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Romaine Thomas, Clark Atlanta
 
Preseason Rankings
Eastern Division

  1. Morehouse
  2. Albany State
  3. Clark Atlanta
  4. Savannah State
  5. Benedict
  6. Fort Valley State
  7. Paine

Western Division

  1. Miles
  2. LeMoyne-Owen
  3. Lane
  4. Kentucky State
  5. Central State
  6. Tuskegee
  7. Spring Hill
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