| ||All-Conference team|
Demond Mallet, senior, guard, McNeese State
Devin Brown, sophomore, guard, Texas-San Antonio
Mike Smith, senior, forward, Louisiana-Monroe
Maurice Bell, senior, forward, Louisiana-Monroe
Patrick Gusters, junior, forward, Stephen F. Austin
Player of the year
YearMike Smith, senior, Louisiana-Monroe
Newcomer of the year
Lonnie Gusters, freshman, Stephen F. Austin
1. Texas-San Antonio
2. McNeese State
2. Texas-San Antonio
3. Sam Houston State
Team on the rise
Team on the fall
Did you know?Southwest Texas State center Jeff Foster was a first-round draft pick of the Golden State Warriors last season, and league coaches think other SLC players could follow in the next draft. Louisiana-Monroe forward Mike Smith, McNeese State guard Demond Mallet and Texas-San Antonio sophomore swingman Devin Brown all have NBA potential. League coaches also think Louisiana-Monroe sophomore Wojciech Myrda has pro potential with continued improvement.
Four of new Northwestern State coach Mike McConathy's former players at Bossier Parish (La.) Community College are in the league this year. Louisiana-Monroe All-SLC forward Mike Smith, Texas-Arlington All-SLC honorable mention guard Keith Greene and Sam Houston State center recruit Rosmel Blanco all played at Boss ier for McConathy, who brought forward Chris Thompson with him from BPCC.
The SLC has had four different NCAA Tournament representatives in the last four years: Northeast Louisiana in 1996, Southwest Texas in 1997, Nicholls State in 1998 and Texas-San Antonio in 1999. Only Nicholls State in 1995 (13) and NLU in 1993 (13) have been seeded higher than No. 15.
SLC teams went 16-1 against non-Division I competition last season, but struggled against D-I opponents, going 15-59. Conference teams really st ruggled against the big boys. SLC teams were 2-17 against the Big 12, 1-8 against Conference USA and 0-10 against the SEC.
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