Basketball stars make pre-season conference team

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Shakeem Holloway


Georgia Southern University men’s basketball players junior forward Eric Ferguson and junior guard Jelani Hewitt were recently named to the 2012 Southern Conference Preseason All-Conference Teams.

Ferguson and Hewitt were named to the first and third teams respectively by the College Sports Madness website.

This is not the first award for Ferguson; last season he honored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches as a member of the All-District 22 Second Team, the first GSU player since Michael Curry to get this award.

Ferguson is last season’s leading scorer averaging 15.4 points per game with a field goal percentage of 56.8 percent.

At six foot and seven inches tall, Ferguson is more than a scorer, he is also the team’s leading rebounder averaging 7.2 rebounds per game.

Hewitt is a three-point marksman shooting a team best 39.6 field goal percentage from behind the arc.

Hewitt was the team’s fourth leading scorer for the 2011-2012 season, averaging 10.5 points per game.

Hewitt is also a thief on the court averaging 1.26 steals per game. Hewitt is among the SoCon leaders in steals.

With the departure of senior guards Ben Drayton and Willie Powers, Ferguson and Hewitt have the opportunity to increase their averages this season as the Eagles try to better their team record from 15-15 last season.

The Eagles open their season Nov. 9at Valparaiso, but you can get your first look at the team at Hanner Havoc on Oct. 30.