ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Oct. 26, 2022) – ETSU junior guard Jordan King (Albany, N.Y.) landed Southern Conference preseason honors as the league office announced its accolades on Wednesday during Media Day inside Harrah’s Cherokee Center Asheville.
King, a third team all-SoCon selection last season, averaged 14.6 points and 3.0 three-pointers made per game in his first season in the Blue and Gold. The Albany, N.Y. native played in all 32 games a year ago (31 starts), while ranking second in the SoCon in three-point field goal percentage (.429), fourth in threes made per game, eighth in field goal percentage (.450) and minutes played (32.7) and 12th in scoring.
King scored in double figures 26 times in 2021-22, including five games with over 20 points. The Buccaneer guard finished the season with 14 straight double figure scoring games, which included a career-high 32-point effort at Western Carolina on Feb. 2. King netted 97 three-pointers last year and made at least one trey in 30 of the 32 games played, including back-to-back games with seven triples against VMI (Jan. 29) and Western Carolina (Feb. 2).
In 18 conference games, King averaged 16.4 points and 3.6 rebounds in 34.5 minutes. King registered 61 made threes and shot 46 percent from the field (101-221) against SoCon foes.
Joining King on the preseason all-SoCon team were Samford’s Ques Glover, Jermaine Marshall, Bubba Parham and Logan Dye, Wofford’s B.J. Mack and Messiah Jones, Furman’s Mike Bothwell and Jalen Slawson and Chattanooga’s’ Jake Stephens. Stephens, who played the last four seasons at VMI, was pegged SoCon Preseason Player of the Year.
The SoCon coaches picked Furman to win the league as the Paladins received six of the 10 first-place votes for 78 total points. Samford received the other four votes and totaled 74 points. UNCG (63 points), Chattanooga (60 points), Wofford (41 points), ETSU (40 points), Mercer (39 points), Western Carolina (29 points), The Citadel (17 points) and VMI (9 points) rounded out the coaches poll.
The media also picked Furman first as they collected 18 first-place votes for 263 points, followed by Chattanooga (231 points) and Samford (223 points) being a close second and third. Chattanooga collected three first-place nods and Samford added five first place votes. UNCG, who also earned one first-place tally, was selected fourth with 201 points, followed by Wofford (168 points) and ETSU (138 points). Mercer was the fifth and final team to earn a first-place vote and the Bears were picked seventh with 137 points. Western Carolina (79 points), The Citadel (57 points) and VMI (43 points) rounded out the media poll.
ETSU hosts Limestone in an exhibition game on Friday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. inside Freedom Hall, while opening the regular season on Monday, Nov. 7 versus Emory & Henry at 7 p.m.
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