By: Tim Andrzejewski (firstname.lastname@example.org)
HOUSTON -- Sophomore Marcus Evans picked up his third preseason honor, as he was named Preseason All-Conference USA, the conference office announced Thursday afternoon.
Last week, Evans was named the College Sports Madness Preseason Player of the Year and to the All-High Major Team.
The Chesapeake, Va., native was the Conference USA Freshman of the Year last year, as well as First Team All-Conference and All-Defensive Team.
Evans was second in the league in scoring, averaging 21.4 points per game, which also led all freshmen nationally. He also led C-USA in steals (2.2 spg). His 685 points set a new school freshman record, is third on Rice's single-season scoring list and is the second-most in C-USA freshman history.
Evans also averaged 4.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists. He is third on the school single-season steals (69) and free throws (187) lists. His 21.4 points per game also set a C-USA freshman record.
Rice was picked to finish ninth in a poll of the conference coaches. UAB was picked to win the league, followed by Middle Tennessee, WKU, Marshall and Old Dominion.
Rice opens the season November 5 when it hosts Our Lady of the Lake in an exhibition game. The regular season begins November 13 at James Madison. The Conference USA Tournament will take place Mar. 8-11 in Birmingham, Ala. It is the third consecutive year that UAB will host the tournament.
2016-17 C-USA Preseason All-Conference Team
Erik McCree; Louisiana Tech; Sr.; F; Orlando, Fla.
Jon Elmore; Marshall; Jr.; G; Charleston, W.V.
Ryan Taylor; Marshall; Sr.; F; Indianapolis, Ind.
Giddy Potts; Middle Tennessee; Jr.; G; Athens, Ala.
Reggie Upshaw Jr.; Middle Tennessee; Sr.; F; Chattanooga, Tenn.
Jeremy Combs; North Texas; Jr.; F; Dallas, Texas
Marcus Evans; Rice; So.; G; Chesapeake, Va.
Chris Cokley; UAB; Jr.; F; Savannah, Ga.
William Lee; UAB; Jr.; F; Plantersville, Ala.
Justin Johnson; WKU; Jr.; F; Hazard, Ky.