Could this be the year Naz Bohannon earns postseason honors?
In addition to announcing its Preseason Poll, the Horizon League announced its Preseason First and Second Team All-League picks on Thursday. The votes were cast by Horizon League Head Coaches, Sports Information Directors and some media members.
As was the case with the HoriZone Roundtable Preseason All-League Teams, Loudon Love was pegged as the league’s Preseason Player of the Year. Joining him on the first team were Detroit Mercy guard Antoine Davis, Green Bay guard Amari Davis, IUPUI guard Marcus Burk and Youngstown State guard Darius Quisenberry.
The Second Team consisted of Cleveland State forward Al Eichelberger, Milwaukee guard Te’Jon Lucas, Oakland guard Rashad Williams, Robert Morris forward AJ Bramah and Youngstown State forward Naz Bohannon.
|First Team||Second Team|
|Loudon Love, F, Wright State (POY)||Al Eichelberger, F, Cleveland State|
|Antoine Davis, F, Detroit Mercy||Te’Jon Lucas, G, Milwaukee|
|Amari Davis, G, Green Bay||Rashad Williams, G, Oakland|
|Marcus Burk, G, IUPUI||AJ Bramah, F, Robert Morris|
|Darius Quisenberry, G, YSU||Naz Bohannon, F, YSU|
Unlike with the Preseason Poll, it seems things were pretty cut-and-dry for voters with the All-League teams this year. The HoriZone Roundtable Preseason First Team All-League picks perfectly match the league’s official team. The second team has four of five identical picks with Bohannon swapped out for Dante Treacy, who our voters feel is primed for a big year in 2021.
The one player included on the official All-League list that wasn’t on ours, Naz Bohannon has consistently been on the shortlist for league recognition but could never seem to break through until now. Bohannon averaged 11.2 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game as the primary post threat for fourth place Youngstown State last year.
With the Penguins projected for second place in both the HoriZone Roundtable Preseason Poll and the league’s official preseason poll, and Bohannon anticipated to improve as a senior voters are confident he’ll finally have the year that they deem worthy of the postseason award. If the league continues last year’s decision to announce a Third Team All-League in the postseason, Bohannon should have some wiggle room to earn postseason honors.
It’s not a surprise that none of the league’s newcomers were selected to the Preseason All-League teams given that this has been an ongoing trend and that it may be the result of who coaches select to be eligible for voting. Don’t be surprised if some of the very promising newcomers wind up taking up several of the All-League spots and making sure that Bohannon and the rest of the preseason selections work extremely hard to earn even third team honors in 2021.