Cowboys picked 6th in Southland preseason poll as Kuxhausen and Lawson named preseason All-SLC

Cowboys picked 6th in Southland preseason poll as Kuxhausen and Lawson named preseason All-SLC
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FRISCO, Texas – Coming off a record-breaking 2019-20 season, McNeese senior sharp-shooter Dru Kuxhausen has been selected to the Preseason All-Southland Conference First Team, the league announced on Wednesday.

In addition, fellow senior teammate A.J. Lawson has been picked for the second unit which was voted on by league head coaches.

McNeese is one of just three teams to have multiple players named to the two preseason teams (SFA and UCA).

The Cowboys, who return four players with starting experience and a slew of newcomer talent, have been picked for a sixth-place finish in the preseason poll.

McNeese posted a 15-17 overall record last year, including a 10-10 mark in conference play and snapped a four-year drought by qualifying for the postseason tournament.

In 2019-20, the Cowboys broke or tied 14 school and conference records including Kuxhausen who accounted for five school records and one conference – most three-pointers in a season (125, school and conference), most threes made per game (3.9), most 3s made (10) and attempts (18, tied) in a game, and three-point shooting percentage in a season (45.8).

The guard from Scottsbluff, Nebraska led all of Division I basketball last season in made 3s, ranked second in 3s made per game, and was third nationally in three-point percentage and earned All-SLC Third Team postseason honors.

He ranked second on the team in scoring with a 14.7 average after starting all 32 games, scored double-figures 25 times and netted 20 or more points eight times, including a career-high 32 points against Paul Quinn.

Lawson, a Bryan, Texas native, is the team’s top returning scorer after averaging 15.2 points per game last season.

The 6-foot-5 redshirt senior ended the year ranking ninth in the league in scoring and third in assists per game (4.2 avg.).

He scored in double-figures 23 times on the season, sank 20 or more points eight times and 30 or more twice. He drained a career-high 37 points against Abilene Christian and scored 30 against UMKC.

Stephen F. Austin has been picked to win the league followed by Abilene Christian, Sam Houston State, Nicholls, Lamar, McNeese, Central Arkansas and New Orleans to round out the top eight.

2020-21 Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Preseason All-Conference Teams
First Team School Pos. Class Hometown
Joe Pleasant* Abilene Christian F Jr. Overland Park, Kan.
Rylan Bergersen* Central Arkansas G Sr. Boise, Idaho
Dru Kuxhausen* McNeese G Sr. Scottsbluff, Neb.
Zach Nutall* Sam Houston State G Jr. Bryan, Texas
Gavin Kensmil* Stephen F. Austin F Sr. Paramaribo, Suriname
Second Team School Pos. Class Hometown
DeAndre Jones Central Arkansas PG Sr. Boise, Idaho
Davion Buster Lamar G Jr. Austin, Texas
A.J. Lawson McNeese G Sr. Bryan, Texas
Troy Green New Orleans G Sr. St. Rose, La.
Kevin Johnson Nicholls G Sr. Thibodaux, La.
Roti Ware Stephen F. Austin G Sr. Morton, Miss.

* Automatic Selection, 2019-20 All-Conference Team Member

2020-21 Southland Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll
School (First-place votes) Total
1. Stephen F. Austin (17) 278
2. Abilene Christian (3) 254
3. Sam Houston State 216
4. Nicholls (1) 209
5. Lamar (3) 199
6. McNeese (2) 177
7. Central Arkansas 153
8. New Orleans 132
9. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 131
10. Northwestern State 123
11. Southeastern Louisiana 68
12. UIW 64
13. Houston Baptist 24

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