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2019-20 SWAC Men's Basketball Honors Announced

Prairie View A&M picked 1st; Texas Southern picked 2nd; PV's Devonte Patterson Preseason SWAC Player of the Year

POSTED: October 21, 2019 -- 6:37 p.m. CT

The Prairie View A&M Panthers have been picked to finish first in the 2019-20 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Men's Basketball Preseason poll conducted by the conference office and voted on by the league's Head Coaches and Sports Information Directors.

Texas Southern was picked to finish in second place, followed by Grambling State, Alabama State and Jackson State to round out the top 5.

Prairie View A&M forward Devonte Patterson was named the 2019-20 SWAC Men's Basketball Preseason Player of the Year, while Jackson State's Jayveous McKinnis was tabbed Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.

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2019-20 Southwestern Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Preseason Poll and Honors

School (Points)
Prairie View A&M (161)
Texas Southern (156)
Grambling State (146)
Alabama State (140)
Jackson State (102)
Southern (99)
Arkansas-Pine Bluff (86)
Alabama A&M (68)
Alcorn State (46)
Mississippi Valley State (40)

Preseason Player of the Year:

Devonte Patterson, Prairie View A&M

Preseason Defensive Player of the Year:

Jayveous McKinnis, Jackson State

Preseason All-SWAC First Team

Guard – Maurice Howard, Alcorn State

Guard – Ivy Smith Jr., Grambling State

Forward – Eden Ewing, Texas Southern

Forward – Devonte Patterson, Prairie View A&M

Center – Jayveous McKinnis, Jackson State

Preseason All-SWAC Second Team

Guard – Jacoby Ross, Alabama State

Guard – Shaun Doss, Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Forward – Troymain Crosby, Alcorn State

Forward – Gerard Andrus, Prairie View A&M

Center – Terrance Banyard, Arkansas-Pine Bluff

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