OGDEN, Utah — After leading Montana State to an 11-7 Big Sky Conference record during the 2016-17 season while averaging 23.1 points per game, junior guard Tyler Hall was voted preseason MVP by the league's head coaches.
Hall has been a focal point for the Bobcats for the past two years, and earned Big Sky freshman of the year honors during the 2015-16 season. Hall continued his strong play last season and was one of three players to be voted unanimous first-team All-Big Sky. In addition to averaging 23.1 points, the guard pulled down over five rebounds a game and shot 42.9 percent from 3-point range.
The 2017-18 preseason all-conference team is also made up of Idaho's Victor Sanders and Eastern Washington's Bogdan Bliznyuk, who were unanimous selections in addition to Hall. Montana's Ahmaad Rorie, North Dakota's Geno Crandall and Northern Colorado's Jordan Davis make up the remainder of the team.
Sanders was a unanimous first-team All-Big Sky selection a year ago. As a junior, he led Idaho to a 12-6 league record while averaging a blistering 24.4 points in conference games. Sanders leapt onto the scene after his freshman year going from averaging 3.8 points per game to nearly 16 points as a sophomore.
Bliznyuk was a force for Eastern Washington last season averaging 20.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game earning second-team All-BSC.
Rorie had a strong season in his first year at Montana. The Oregon transfer led the Griz in points (17.6 ppg) and assists (3.1 apg) and earned second-team All-Big Sky. Rorie led Montana to an 11-7 Big Sky record.
Crandall was an integral part of the 2016-17 North Dakota team that earned its first NCAA Tournament appearance. During his sophomore season Crandall averaged 15.5 points and led UND with 136 assists for a 4.4 per-game average.
Davis led the Big Sky in assists last season averaging 5.6 per game. Davis paced the Bears in points, scoring over 19 points a contest.
The coaches’ and media polls will be announced Friday. The regular season begins Nov. 10