BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – In the midst of a program turnaround, Delta State University men’s basketball was named the Gulf South Conference preseason favorite. Sophomore Devin Schmidt was selected to the Preseason All-GSC and Preseason All-America Honorable Mention by the D2 Bulletin.
After a 26-7 year and 16-4 league record, Delta State collected seven first place votes and two second place votes by the other head coaches in the conference to sit atop the preseason ranking. Christian Brothers was close behind in second place with 70 points. The D2 Bulletin tabbed the Statesmen with a preseason ranking at No. 12, also picking the Green-and-White to finish first in the Gulf South.
Head coach Jim Boone explained being the top pick carries a lot of weight. “We are both honored and humbled to be selected as the top team in the conference by our peers. It is recognition of last year’s team. However, it’s a new year, a new team, and we have to create our own identity and our own story. We are more interested in where we are ranked at the end of the year than at the beginning.”
Returning sophomore Schmidt was one of five throughout the conference chosen to the Preseason All-GSC. After a stellar freshman season, Schmidt returns with a great deal of maturity and will instantly be looked upon for leadership. The 6-4 guard was also named as a Preseason All-America Honorable Mention the by D2 Bulletin.
Boone continued by saying Schmidt was most deserving of this honor and has high expectations for him this season. “Devin had an outstanding freshman year. I am particularly pleased with his hard work over the summer and the level of maturity he has approached our preseason workouts with. He has established himself as one of our leaders.”
DSU is coming off its second Sweet Sixteen appearance in program history after being named the 2013-14 GSC Regular Season Champions. Delta State opens the season in less than a month with a three-day caravan in Mississippi taking on Mississippi State, Ole Miss, and Jackson State in exhibition play.