Jeremy Combs Named To C-USA Preseason All-Conference Team
Mean Green Picked To Finish 10th In Preseason Poll
IRVING - Junior forward Jeremy Combs was selected to the Conference USA preseason All-Conference team, announced by the league office Thursday.
"We are extremely excited for Jeremy to be recognized by the league for this preseason honor," head coach Tony Benford said. "We feel he has continued to get better every year and is one of the best players in the state of Texas. He will play an important role in the success of our program this year."
Combs had a terrific sophomore season in 2015-16 earning second team all-conference honors after leading the team in scoring at 14.9 points per game. He also was a force on the glass pulling down 10.5 rebounds per game and finished with 325 total rebounds (sixth best single-season mark in school history). Combs played his best against C-USA competition producing 11 of his 14 double-doubles, including a career-high 19 rebounds at UTEP.
The Dallas native enters his junior season already earning praise from several preseason publications. Lindy's Sports magazine has him rated as the 17th best power forward in the nation. Combs was picked as the top rebounder in the C-USA preview section of Lindy's Sports magazine and was No. 99 in the list of top 100 players in the country by College Court report.
North Texas hopes to start off the 2016-17 season strong with seven of its first 10 games at the Super Pit, where the Mean Green posted 11 wins last season. The season opener will be Friday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. against Sul Ross State.
Despite returning 90 percent of its scoring from a season ago, North Texas was picked to finish 10th in the C-USA preseason poll conducted by the league coaches. Last year's regular season winner UAB received 10 first-place votes and C-USA tournament champion Middle Tennessee earned four.
2016-17 C-USA MEN'S BASKETBALL PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
Student-Athlete | School | Class | Pos. | Hometown
Erik McCree | Louisiana Tech | Senior | F | Orlando, Florida
Jon Elmore | Marshall | Junior | G | Charleston, West Virginia
Ryan Taylor | Marshall | Senior | F | Indianapolis, Indiana
Giddy Potts | Middle Tennessee | Junior | G | Athens, Alabama
Reggie Upshaw Jr. | Middle Tennessee | Senior | F | Chattanooga, Tennessee
Jeremy Combs | North Texas | Junior | F | Dallas, Texas
Marcus Evans | Rice | Sophomore | G | Chesapeake, Virginia
Chris Cokley | UAB | Junior | F | Savannah, Georgia
William Lee | UAB | Junior | F | Plantersville, Alabama
Justin Johnson | WKU | Junior | F | Hazard, Kentucky
2016-17 C-USA PRESEASON POLL (#) first-place votes
1. UAB (10)
2. Middle Tennessee (4)
5. Old Dominion
7. Louisiana Tech
10. North Texas
12. Florida Atlantic
13. Southern Miss