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NKU basketball standouts receive preseason honors
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (WKRC) -- Two Northern Kentucky University men's basketball players have been selected preseason All-Atlantic Sun Conference by a national publication.
College Sports Madness named Northern Kentucky's Jalen Billups to the All-Atlantic Sun Conference first team, while the Norse's Chad Jackson is a member of the fourth team. A total of 20 players comprised the All-Atlantic Sun Conference preseason teams.
Billups, a sophomore post player from Cincinnati, averaged 10.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game last season. Billups also made 61.1 percent of his shots from the field and finished second on the team with 11 blocked shots despite missing the final 19 games of the season.
Jackson, a senior guard from Lexington, Ky., averaged 10.1 points and 5.6 rebounds per game last season. He also collected a team-leading 39 steals (sixth in the Atlantic Sun Conference) and added 50 assists. In addition, Jackson became the first athlete in Northern Kentucky history to be featured on ESPN SportsCenters Top 10 Plays last season after his follow-up dunk against Kennesaw State.
Torrey Craig of USC Upstate was named the preseason Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year by College Sports Madness.
Northern Kentucky begins the season Nov. 8 with a road game against Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind. The Norse then face Kentucky the nations top-ranked team in several preseason polls on Nov. 10 in Lexington, Ky.
Northern Kentucky opens its home schedule on Nov. 16, when San Diego visits The Bank of Kentucky Center at 7 p.m. The Norse then play host to Morehead State on Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.
College Sports Madness preseason All-Atlantic Sun Conference teams
Torrey Craig, USC Upstate
Bernard Thompson, Florida Gulf Coast
Brett Comer, Florida Gulf Coast
Langston Hall, Mercer
Jalen Billups, Northern Kentucky
Ty Greene, USC Upstate
Jarvis Haywood, Jacksonville
Lester Wilson, East Tennessee State
Chase Fieler, Florida Gulf Coast
Daniel Coursey, Mercer
Keith McDougald, Jacksonville
Aaron Graham, Stetson
Martin Smith, Lipscomb
Travis Wallace, North Florida
Ricardo Glenn, USC Upstate
Delbert Love, Kennesaw State
Chad Jackson, Northern Kentucky
Beau Beech, North Florida
Malcolm Smith, Lipscomb
Hunter Harris, East Tennessee State
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