Bulldogs Picked 10th In MEAC Preseason Men’s Basketball Poll

SC State’s Applewhite picked for 3rd team All-MEAC

Bulldogs Picked 10th In MEAC Preseason Men’s Basketball Poll
(Source: South Carolina State Athletics)

NORFOLK, VA—Junior forward Damani Applewhite was selected Third Team All-MEAC Preseason, while the Bulldogs were picked to finished 10th in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) race, the league announced.

All awards are voted on by the conference’s head coaches and sports information directors. Applewhite (6-8, Junior) from Fayetteville, NC led the team in scoring and rebounding last season with 12.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per contest. The Bulldogs finished 8th in the league race with 10-22 overall, 6-10 MEAC record.

South Carolina State returns eight (8) veterans and welcomes six (6) newcomers to the 2018-19 squad this upcoming season.

Bethune-Cookman was tabbed as the preseason favorite to win the MEAC this season. BC-U captured a share of the MEAC Championship last season under then first-year head coach Ryan Ridder. The Wildcats finished 12-4 in MEAC play and 18-14 overall. They return nine players and four starters from last year’s squad. Back-to-back MEAC Tournament Champion North Carolina Central was picked second followed by Norfolk State. Rounding out the rest of the preseason poll are Howard, North Carolina A&T State, Morgan State, Florida A&M, Savannah State, Coppin State, South Carolina State, Maryland Eastern Shore and Delaware State. The 2018-19 season begins on Tuesday, Nov. 6, with seven teams in action. The 2019 MEAC Basketball Tournament will be held March 11-16 at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va.