JONESBORO, Ark. (10/25/18) – Arkansas State senior guard Ty Cockfield II has been named to the Preseason All-Sun Belt Third Team, while the Red Wolves were picked ninth in the league’s Coaches’ Preseason Poll.
Cockfield was second on the team in scoring a year ago as he averaged 14.9 points per game. He scored in double figures in 24 games with eight of those outings being 20-point efforts. He totaled 35 points against Coastal Carolina on February 24, most by an A-State player since 2002 and most in a league contest since 1994.
The Gainesville, Ga., native shot .443 from the floor and .362 from 3-point range. He pulled down multiple rebounds in all 27 games played and logged a season-best seven against Coastal Carolina. He ranked third on the team with 65 assists and had 20 games with multiple helpers. His 54 made 3-point field goals led the team and he averaged 23.5 points per game over the last four games of the 2017-18 season.
Arkansas State was picked ninth in the Sun Belt Coaches’ Preseason Poll totaling 42 points. Georgia State was the unanimous pick to win the league with all 12 first-place votes while Georgia Southern and Louisiana tied for second. ULM and Troy each garnered 89 points to tie for fourth while Appalachian State (86), South Alabama (80) and Texas State (67) were ranked ahead of the Red Wolves. Coastal Carolina (40), UT Arlington (33) and Little Rock (16) round out the poll.
The Red Wolves host Lyon for an exhibition game on Nov. 4 at 5:00 p.m. before traveling to Abilene Christian for the season opener on Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. The home opener is set for 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 12 against Missouri Baptist.
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2018-19 SUN BELT CONFERENCE MEN’S BASKETBALL COACHES’ PRESEASON HONORS
All-Sun Belt First Team
**Ronshad Shabazz, Appalachian State (Sr., G, Raleigh, N.C.)
*Tookie Brown, Georgia Southern (Sr., G, Madison, Ga.)
*D’Marcus Simonds, Georgia State (Jr., G, Gainesville, Ga.)
**Travis Munnings, ULM (Sr., F, Freeport, Bahamas)
**Jordon Varnado, Troy (Jr., F, Brownsville, Tenn.)
All-Sun Belt Second Team
Zac Cuthbertson, Coastal Carolina (Sr., F, New Bern, N.C.)
***Devin Mitchell, Georgia State (Sr., G, Suwanee, Ga.)
***JaKeenan Gant, Louisiana (Sr., F, Springfield, Ga.)
**Rodrick Sikes, South Alabama (Sr., G, Ocean Springs, Miss.)
***Nijal Pearson, Texas State (Jr., G, Beaumont, Texas)
All-Sun Belt Third Team
Ty Cockfield II, Arkansas State (Sr., G, Gainesville, Ga.)
Ike Smith, Georgia Southern (Sr., G, Gainesville, Fla.)
Marcus Stroman, Louisiana (Sr., G, Columbia, S.C.)
Michael Urtel, ULM (So., G, Indianapolis, Ind.)
Josh Ajayi, South Alabama (Jr., F, El Monte, Calif.)
2018-19 Sun Belt Conference Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Preseason Player of the Year
D’Marcus Simonds, Georgia State (Jr., G, Gainesville, Ga.)
2018-19 Sun Belt Conference Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Preseason Poll
first-place votes in parentheses
1. Georgia State (144)
2. Georgia Southern (125)
4. ULM (89)
6. Appalachian State (86)
7. South Alabama (80)
8. Texas State (67)
9. Arkansas State (42)
10. Coastal Carolina (40)
11. UT Arlington (33)
12. Little Rock (16)
*Denotes 2017-18 All-Sun Belt First Team
**Denotes 2017-18 All-Sun Belt Second Team
***Denotes 2017-18 All-Sun Belt Third Team