EAST GREENSBORO – The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) released its preseason order of prediction and all-conference teams for men’s basketball on Thursday.
Sports Information Directors and head coaches from the MEAC predicted the N.C. A&T Aggies to finish third in the conference a year after they finished second. The Aggies only had one player on any of the three preseason teams released on Thursday in junior Kameron Langley who was voted as a preseason second-team All-MEAC performer.
The Aggies received one first-place vote and 184 points to finish behind preseason favorite N.C. Central and Bethune-Cookman. The Eagles, the defending three-time MEAC champions, received eight first-place votes and 203 points and the Wildcats also picked up eight first-place votes and 198 points.
Norfolk State was predicted to finish fourth with two first-place votes and S.C. State was picked fifth with two first-place votes to round out the top-5. Bethune-Cookman’s Cletrell Pope was named preseason player of the year.
“I think we have a good chance to be good this year,” said N.C. A&T coach Jay Joyner who is entering his fifth season. “But a chance is what it is at this point. We do have a solid team this year, but I think everyone in this league has the same shot. When the smoke clears, if we play the way we’re capable of playing, we’ll be on top.”
The Aggies are coming off a 19-13 where they finished 13-3 in the MEAC. It was their best regular-season finish since the 1991-92 season. The Aggies did lose their top four scorers from last season, but they do return their floor leader in Langley.
Langley broke the single-season school record for assists last season with 208 dimes. Langley enters his third year in the program with 385 career assists putting him 198 behind Thomas Griffis (1984-88), the school’s all-time leader.
Last season, Langley averaged 7.1 points, 6.5 assists and 1.5 steals while shooting .484 from the floor. He was 13th in the nation in assists per game and 20th in total assists. He was also 21st in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.77).
Langley led the MEAC in assist-to-turnover ratio and assists per game. He was second in the league in total assists and ranked sixth in steals per game and total steals (49).
In addition to Langley, the Aggies return five players including Ronald Jackson who came off the bench to average 7.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per game while shooting .545 from the floor. Joyner added eight new players to the roster including three Division I transfers.
N.C. A&T will open the season 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 5 when they travel to the Greensboro Coliseum to face cross-town rival UNC Greensboro. Their home opener is a few days later against Charleston Southern on Nov. 8 at Corbett Sports Center at 7 p.m. Conference play begins Jan. 6 for the Aggies at home against Florida A&M at 7:30 p.m.