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Citadel basketball's Zane Najdawi named to preseason all-SoCon team; Bulldogs picked 6th

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The Citadel's Zane Najdawi was named to the preseason all-SoCon team. Provided/Citadel Athletics

Citadel senior Zane Najdawi has been named to the Southern Conference's preseason all-Southern Conference team, and the Bulldogs are picked to finish sixth in the league by SoCon coaches.

Najdawi, a 6-7 forward, averaged 15.5 points, 5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game last season, including 19.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in SoCon play. He enters his final year of eligibility 18th in program history for points scored in a career (1,206) and third for blocked shots (140).

Najdawi is just the second player in school history, and 27th in the SoCon, to rack up at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 100 blocks.

League coaches picked the Bulldogs to finish sixth in coach Duggar Baucom's fourth season, while the media voted The Citadel seventh.

UNC Greensboro is the consensus choice to repeat as league champion, and Wofford guard Fletcher Magee was voted the preseason player of the year.

Preseason SoCon Coaches Poll

Team (1st-place votes) Total

1. UNCG (6) 78

2. Wofford (4) 74

3. ETSU 67

4. Furman 57

5. Mercer 48

6. The Citadel 38

7. Chattanooga 30

8. Samford 26

9. Western Carolina 20

10. VMI 12

Preseason SoCon Media Poll

Team (1st-place votes) Total

1. UNCG (16) 231

2. Wofford (6) 214

3. ETSU (2) 198

4. Furman 169

5. Mercer 136

6. Chattanooga 103

7. The Citadel 96

8. Samford 69

9. Western Carolina 59

10. VMI 45

Preseason Player of the Year

Fletcher Magee, Sr., G, Wofford

Preseason All-SoCon Team

Zane Najdawi, Sr., F, The Citadel

Tray Boyd III, Jr., G, ETSU

Bo Hodges, So., G/F, ETSU

Jeromy Rodriguez, R-Jr., F, ETSU

Matt Rafferty, Sr., F, Furman

Ross Cummings, Jr., G, Mercer

Francis Alonso, Sr., G, UNCG

James Dickey, Jr., F, UNCG

Bubba Parham, So., G, VMI

Cameron Jackson, Sr., F, Wofford

Fletcher Magee, Sr., G, Wofford

Reach Jeff Hartsell at 843-937-5596. Follow on Twitter @Jeff_fromthePC

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