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Tigers picked fifth in AAC preseason poll

<p>University of Memphis senior forward Shaq Goodwin</p>
University of Memphis senior forward Shaq Goodwin

The 2015-16 college basketball season is almost here, and with it comes the hopes and expectations that come around this time of year.

It’s no different in the American Athletic Conference. The University of Memphis men’s basketball team was picked to finish fifth in the AAC preseason men’s basketball coaches poll released at AAC Media Day Tuesday.

Memphis, which finished 18-14 and missed postseason play altogether last season, is coming off its worst season since 2000. The Tigers were picked to finish third in the AAC at last season’s media day.

One player whom will be counted on help lead the turnaround this season is senior forward Shaq Goodwin. The senior, for the second year in a row, was named to AAC’s preseason all-conference team. Though unlike last season, he was named to the second team. Goodwin is Memphis’ lone representative on the two-preseason all-conference teams. He averaged 9.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game in 2015.

The team picked to finish first in the AAC regular season standings, SMU, is ineligible to play in the postseason due to violating multiple NCAA rules. UConn, which missed the NCAA tournament last season after winning the NCAA Championship in 2014, was picked to finish third.

The Huskies were followed by Cincinnati and Tulsa. The Temple Owls finished behind the Tigers in sixth, and Houston, East Carolina, UCF, South Florida and Tulane rounded out the rest of the AAC preseason poll.

Listed below are the AAC All-Conference First and Second Teams, the AAC Preseason Player of the Year and AAC Preseason Rookie of the Year.

Preseason All-Conference First Team

Octavius Ellis, F, Cincinnati

Daniel Hamilton, G/F, UConn

Markus Kennedy, F, SMU

Nic Moore, G, SMU

James Woodard, G, Tulsa

Preseason All-Conference Second Team 

Troy Caupain, G, Cincinnati

Amida Brimah, C, UConn

Sterling Gibbs, G, UConn

Shaq Goodwin, F, Memphis

Shaquille Harrison, G, Tulsa

Preseason Player of the Year

Nic Moore, G, SMU

Preseason Rookie of the Year

Jalen Adams, G, UConn

University of Memphis senior forward Shaq Goodwin

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