Mitchell preseason POY in Sun Belt, UNT picked to win the West

We all knew this was going to happen anyway, but it became official this morning. Tony Mitchell was named the Preseason Player of the Year in the Sun Belt Conference.

UNT was also a unanimous pick to win the Sun Belt West Division in the Preseason Coaches’ Poll.

Mitchell was the only UNT player named to the Preseason All-Sun Belt team, which was not really a surprise.

UNT has some other guys who are capable of earning All-Sun Belt honors, but Chris Jones and Jordan Williams missed the second half of last year.

Jacob Holmen is another guy who could be an All-Sun Belt player, but he didn’t have the numbers over the course of all of last season to make the team.

Here’s the way it shook out:

Basketball Preseason All-Conference First Team
Will Neighbour (UALR, Jr., Forward)
Trey Finn (Arkansas State, Sr., Guard)
Marcos Knight (Middle Tennessee, Sr., Guard)  
Tony Mitchell (North Texas, So., Forward)
Augustine Rubit (South Alabama, Jr., Forward)

2012-13 Men’s Basketball Preseason All-Conference Second Team
Brandon Peterson (Arkansas State, Sr., Forward)
Greg Gantt (Florida Atlantic, Sr., Guard)
JT Sulton (Middle Tennessee, Sr., Forward)
Bruce Massey (Middle Tennessee, Sr., Guard)
George Fant (WKU, So., Forward)

2012-13 Men’s Basketball Preseason All-Conference Third Team
Marcus Hooten (Arkansas State, Sr., Guard)
Raymond Cintron (Middle Tennessee, Sr., Guard)
Javier Carter (South Alabama, Sr., Forward)
Freddie Goldstein (South Alabama, Sr., Guard)
T.J. Price (WKU, So., Guard)

2012-13 Men’s Basketball Preseason Player of the Year
Tony Mitchell (North Texas, So., Forward)

2012-13 Men’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Poll
First Place Votes in Parentheses

EAST DIVISION
1. Middle Tennessee 65 points (11)
2. South Alabama 51 points
3. Western Kentucky 47 points
4. Florida Atlantic 29 points
5. Troy 22 points
6. Florida International 17 points

WEST DIVISION
1. North Texas 55 points (11)
2. Arkansas State 40 points
3. Arkansas-Little Rock 33 points
4. Louisiana-Lafayette 24 points
5. Louisiana-Monroe 13 points