Hall sails to City Senior golf crown

Kent Hall's final-round 73 earned him the City Senior Amateur title by five shots.

Tommy Braswell

1. UNC Asheville

Last season: 20-14, 11-7 (3rd)

Coach: Eddie Biedenbach, 216-232 in 15 seasons, 245-283 overall

Players to watch: G Matt Dickey, 6-1, sr. (15.7 ppg, 3.2 apg); G J.P. Primm, 6-1, sr. (14.6 ppg, 4.5 apg); F Chris Stephenson, 6-3, sr. (9.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg).

Note: Bulldogs finished third in the regular season last year but defeated Coastal Carolina in the final of the Big South tournament.

2. Coastal Carolina

Last season: 28-6, 16-2 (1st)

Coach: Cliff Ellis, 80-49 in 4 seasons at CCU, 692-398 overall

Players to watch: F Sam McLaurin, 6-8, jr. (7.6 ppg, 7.0 rpg); G Kierre Greenwood, 6-2, jr. (7.8 ppg, 4.1 apg); G Anthony Raffa, 6-1, jr. (11.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg).

Note: Ellis, the former head coach at Clemson, needs eight wins to reach 700 for his career.

3. VMI

Last season: 18-13, 10-8 (4th)

Coach: Duggar Baucom, 87-94 in 6 seasons, 124-113 overall

Players to watch: F Stan Okoye, 6-5, jr. (16.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg); F D.J. Covington, 6-9, so. (9.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg); F Ron Burks, 6-4, sr. (8.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg).

Note: Keydets have led the nation in scoring offense in each of the last five seasons.

4. Liberty

Last season: 19-13, 13-5 (2nd)

Coach: Dale Layer, 34-29 in 2 seasons, 304-227 overall

Players to watch: G Jesse Sanders, 6-3, sr. (11.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg); F David Minaya, 6-6, sr. (10.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg); F Antwan Burrus, 6-6, jr. (6.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg).

Note: Sanders is the reigning Big South player of the year.

5. Winthrop

Last season: 13-17, 9-9 (5th)

Coach: Randy Peele, 52-45 in 4 seasons, 98-114 overall

Players to watch: G Reggie Middleton, 6-1, sr. (11.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg); G Andre Jones, 6-2, sr. (10.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg); F George Valentine, 6-8, sr. (6.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg).

Note: Eagles play Virginia, Marquette, Clemson and Georgia as part of non-league schedule.

6. High Point

Last season: 12-19, 7-11 (T-7th)

Coach: Scott Cherry, 27-34 in 2 seasons and overall

Players to watch: G Nick Barbour, 6-3, sr. (17.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg); F Corey Law, 6-6, jr. (8.1 ppg, 7.6 rpg); G Shay Shine, 6-2, sr. (14.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg).

Note: Barbour has led the Panthers in scoring in each of his three seasons at the school and ranks seventh on the school's career scoring list.

7. Presbyterian

Last season: 13-18, 7-11 (T-7th)

Coach: Gregg Nibert, 362-300 in 22 seasons and overall

Players to watch: F Al'Lonzo Coleman, 6-8, sr. (14.1 ppg, 8.2 rpg); G Khalid Mutakabbir, 6-4, jr. (13.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg); G Pierre Miller, 5-10, sr. (9.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg).

Note: Blue Hose won at Auburn and Wake Forest last season, and open this season at Duke.

8. Charleston Southern

Last season: 16-16, 9-9 (T-5th)

Coach: Barclay Radebaugh, 69-111 in 6 seasons, 90-119 overall

Players to watch: F Kelvin Martin, 6-4, sr. (12.3 ppg, 9.0 rpg); G Jeremy Sexton, 6-1, jr. (10.8 ppg, 1.6 rpg); G Sheldon Strickland, 6-1, so. (8.5 ppg, 3.4 apg).

Note: CSU's 16 wins last season were the most for the program in 14 seasons.

9. Campbell

Last season: 12-19, 6-12 in Atlantic Sun

Coach: Robbie Laing, 84-150 in 9 seasons

Players to watch: F Eric Griffin, 6-8, sr. (13.1 ppg, 6.8 rpg); G Lorne Merthie, 6-2, sr. (11.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg); G Amir Celestin, 6-1, sr. (7.2 ppg, 2.5 apg).

Note: Campbell was a charter member of the Big South Conference in 1983 but left the league in 1994. This is its first season back in the league.

10. Gardner-Webb

Last season: 11-21, 6-12 (8th)

Coach: Chris Holtmann, 11-22 in one season and overall

Players to watch: G Laron Buggs, 6-1, sr. (10.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg); G David Brown, 6-2, sr. (5.2 ppg, 0.9 rpg).

Note: Bulldogs have nine players on the roster who are freshmen or sophomores.

11. Radford

Last season: 5-24, 2-16 (10th)

Coach: Mike Jones, 1st season

Players to watch: F Jonathan Edwards, 6-8, sr. (6.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg); G Blake Smith, 6-4, jr. (8.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg); F Tolga Cerrah, 6-9, so. (8.1 ppg, 6.0 rpg).

Note: Jones is a first-time head coach but has served on staffs at VCU, Georgia, West Virginia and Richmond.