Santa Ana, Calif. – Stephan Hicks, the 2011-12 Big West Conference Freshman of the Year, has been named to the Big West Preseason Media All-Conference Team.
The 21-member media panel selected a six-player preseason all-conference team comprised of five seniors and one sophomore.
Hicks is joined by James Ennis (Long Beach State, Guard/Forward, Senior), Vander Joaquim (Hawai'I, Center, Senior), D.J. Seeley (Cal State Fullerton, Guard, Senior), Kwame Vaughn (Cal State Fullerton, Guard, Senior) and Michael Wilder (UC Irvine, Forward/Guard, Senior).
Hicks, as a redshirt freshman in 2011-12, averaged a team-leading 15.1 points per game (#7 in the Big West Conference), and a team-leading 7.1 rebounds per game (#3 in the conference).
For his efforts, Hicks gained Mid-Major Freshman All-American honors by collegeinsider.com.
The annual preseason media poll also selected Long Beach State to repeat as the men's basketball champion. Long Beach State earned 13 first place votes and 194 points to emerge the favorite.
The 49ers outdistanced Cal State Fullerton, which accumulated 164 points with six first place votes, and third place UC Irvine's 153 points and one first-place vote. The media panel tabbed Cal State Northridge to finish in eighth place.
The 2012-13 Big West Conference Preseason Media All-Conference Team
Stephan Hicks, Cal State Northridge, Guard/Forward, Sophomore, Thousand Oaks, Ca
James Ennis, Long Beach State, Guard/Forward, Senior, Ventura, Ca.
Vander Joaquim, Hawai'i, Center, Senior, Luanda, Angola
D.J. Seeley, Cal State Fullerton, Guard, Senior, Stockton, Ca.
Kwame Vaughn, Cal State Fullerton, Guard, Senior, Oakland, Ca.
Michael Wilder, UC Irvine, Forward/Guard, Senior, Long Beach, Ca.
The 2012-13 Big West Conference Preseason Media Poll
1. Long Beach State (13 first place votes, 194 points)
2. Cal State Fullerton (6 first place votes, 164 points)
3. UC Irvine (1 first place vote, 153 points)
4. Hawai'I (132 points)
5. UC Santa Barbara (129 points)
6. Pacific (1 first place vote, 113 points)
7. Cal Poly (100 points)
8. Cal State Northridge (83 points)
9. UC Davis (44 points)
10. UC Riverside (43 points)