CHARLOTTE, N.C. – For the second consecutive year, Charleston Southern guard Christian Keeling has been named to the Big South Preseason All-Conference First Team. Keeling, a junior from Augusta, Ga., received the recognition Tuesday at the league's annual Basketball Media Day.
Keeling is joined on the first team by Campbell's Chris Clemons, Radford's Ed Polite Jr., Gardner-Webb's David Efianayi and Hampton's Jermaine Marrow. Clemons, a senior guard who is on pace to become the Big South's all-time leading scorer, was tabbed Preseason Player of the Year.
Keeling earned Second Team All-Big South honors last year after becoming just the fifth player in conference history to surpass 1,000 career points as a sophomore. He ranked second in the league in scoring, sixth in steals, seventh in minutes played, eighth in free-throw percentage and tenth in rebounding to lead a young CSU team to eight wins in its final 11 games. Keeling led the Bucs in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals and minutes played.
"It's a testament to my coaching staff and all of my teammates," Keeling said. "I've worked hard on my game, and our whole team has really put the work in to contend at a high level. We're really confident in the team we can be this year."
Keeling enters this season 21st on CSU's all-time scoring list. He is 48 points from taking over 20th place and just 272 from reaching the top-ten.
The entire Big South Preseason All-Conference Team is listed below.
2018-19 Big South Men's Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team
Chris Clemons (Campbell) – Preseason Player of the Year
Ed Polite Jr. (Radford)
Christian Keeling (Charleston Southern)
David Efianayi (Gardner-Webb)
Jermaine Marrow (Hampton)
Carlik Jones (Radford)
Jahaad Proctor (High Point)
Josh Ferguson (Winthrop)
Isaiah Walton (Longwood)
Deion Holmes (USC Upstate)