From the SIAC:
Senior guard Gregg Boyd of Tuskegee has been voted the 2021 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Preseason Player of the Year and senior forward Jaquan Lawrence of LeMoyne-Owen has earned the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year selection, announced Wednesday by the league office.
The preseason honors and predicted order of finish are voted on by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors.
Tuskegee has been picked as one of the top teams for the 2021-22 SIAC Men’s Basketball Western Division. The Golden Tigers feature a squad led by 2021 SIAC Preseason Player of the, Gregg Boyd. Boyd, who finished seventh in the NCAA with a 94% free throw percentage while leading the conference in free throws made (52) during the 202-21 season. He led the Golden Tigers with 16.7 points per game which ranked third in the league. The Maryland native placed fourth in the league averaging 2.20 three-pointers a contest and was second on the team in assists (29) while also registering 28 rebounds, seven assists and two blocks. He made 42.5% of his field goals (51-of-120) and 39.3% from behind the arc (24-for-61). Last season, Boyd had four games with 20+ points and registered ten points or more in all but three games. His standout performance came against Spring Hill where he dropped 30 points
Lawrence is one of the Magicians’ top returning rebounders and shot blocker from the 2019-20 season at 6.7 rebounds per game and 2.0 blocks per game. He enters the season as the league’s best shot blocker while also averaging 10 points per game. During the 2019-20 season, the Chicago native made 49.7% of his field goals (93-of-187) and 33.3% from behind the arc.
New additions to the 2021 SIAC Men’s Basketball Preseason Team include Xavier Brewer of Morehouse, Malik Parker and Jordan Simpson of Albany State, Tajh Green and Timothy Bing, Jr. of Benedict, and Yasim Hooker of Miles, Devin Booker of Tuskegee, and Trey DeLoach of Savannah State.
2021-22 SIAC Men’s Basketball Preseason Awards
|Xavier Brewer||Morehouse||Junior||Forward||Atlanta, Ga.|
|Gregg Boyd||Tuskegee||Senior||Guard||Seat Pleasant, Md.|
|Jaquan Lawrence||LeMoyne-Owen||Senior||Forward||Chicago, Il.|
|Malik Parker||Albany State||Senior||Guard||Chicago, Il.|
|Tajh Green||Benedict||Redshirt Senior||Forward||Rome, Ga.|
|Yasim Hooker||Miles||Senior||Guard||Newark, NJ|
|Jordan Simpson||Albany State||Senior||Forward||Pasadena, Cal.|
|Timothy Bing, Jr.||Benedict||Senior||Guard||Suitland, Md.|
|Devin Booker||Tuskegee||Junior||Guard||Chicago, Ill.|
|Trey DeLoach||Savannah State||Senior||Guard||Richmond Hill, Ga.|
Preseason Superlative Awards
Preseason Player of the Year
Gregg Boyd, Tuskegee
Defensive Player of the Year
Jaquan Lawrence, LeMoyne-Owen
Men’s Basketball Preseason Rankings by Division
- Albany State
- Clark Atlanta
- Savannah State
- Fort Valley State
- Edward Waters*
- Central State
- Kentucky State
- Spring Hill
*Allen University and Edward Waters University are first-year provisional members of NCAA Division II and are not eligible for SIAC nor NCAA football post-season competition.