The preseason coaches poll for men?s basketball has been released by the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Westminster College was picked as the favorites to win the conference after receiving 72 points and five first place votes. MacMurray received four first place votes and finished with sixty-seven points to take second in the poll.
Iowa Wesleyan was picked to finish in eighth place this season with thirty-eight points in the coaches poll. Last season, the Tigers recorded an 18-9 overall record under head coach, Alex Huisman. They will be returning eight players, which includes two starters from a season ago. Iowa Wesleyan will need to make up for a large part of their scoring, however, after losing SLIAC player of the year Steven Soukup and two other starters.
The Tigers will lean on Brock Butler to carry the load on offense. Butler averaged 31.9 minutes and 16.2 points per game last season. He made 64 three pointers for the Tigers, shooting 41.3 percent from behind the arc. Also returning for IW is Mitch Drey. Drey added 11.8 points per game and shot 49.7 percent from the field.
Jake Neubauer and Dallas Majors gained some valuable playing time as freshmen last season, and will look to step up in their sophomore season. Neubauer played in sixteen games and Majors played in seventeen games for Iowa Wesleyan last year.
New to the Tigers this season is LeAndre Powell. He is a junior transfer and will add an inside presence for IW.
Iowa Wesleyan will open up their season on November 15 in Cedar Rapids. They will take on Coe College at 7:30 p.m.
SLIAC PRESEASON MEN?S BASKETBALL POLL (first place votes in parenthesis followed by points)
1. Westminster College (5), 72
2. MacMurray College (4), 67
3. Greenville University 56
4. Eureka College 54
5. Spalding University (1), 48
6. Webster University 42
7. Principia College 36
8. Iowa Wesleyan University 34
9. Blackburn College 34
10. Fontbonne University 15