FARMINGTON, Utah (November 10, 2020) – Eastern Washington senior guard Jacob Davison has been tabbed the 2020-21 Big Sky Men’s Basketball Preseason MVP to headline a talented group of six players on the Big Sky Preseason All-Conference Team. The team was selected by the league’s head coaches, sports information directors and select media.
A unanimous preseason selection, Davison is coming off a junior campaign where he averaged a team-high 18.4 points per game to rank fourth in the league. The Long Beach, Calif., native also averaged 2.8 assists and 1.4 steals while shooting 45 percent from the floor. Davison captured all-conference recognition for the second time in March with an All-Big Sky Second Team nod after helping the Eagles to a regular season crown.
Davison is joined on the preseason all-conference team by Eastern Washington’s Kim Aiken Jr., Montana’s Michael Steadman, Montana State’s Jubrile Belo, Northern Arizona’s Cameron Shelton and Northern Colorado’s Bodie Hume.
“I love seeing our players receive accolades because I see all the hard work they put in behind the scenes to get there,” Eastern head coach Shantay Legans said in a press release. “Both on and off the court, our guys work harder than any group I’ve ever been around, and I am so proud of all they have achieved, and eager for all that is to come.”
Hume was also named an All-Big Sky Second Team honoree last season after posting 13.9 points per game. The junior guard ranked second in the league with 2.6 three-pointers per game for 80 on the season.
Aiken Jr., Belo and Shelton were selected to the All-Big Sky Third Team as sophomores a season ago.
Aiken Jr. ranked third for the Eagles in scoring with 13.3 points per game while leading the conference with 9.7 rebounds and ranking 41st nationally with 12 double-doubles. He added 1.7 steals and 2.5 three-pointers per contest to rank in the top five of the Big Sky.
In his first season with the Bobcats, Belo was one of the top big men in the league with 13.1 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, ranking in the top 10 in the conference in rebounding. He came in fourth in blocks with 1.2 per game. He was also the league’s Newcomer of the Year last year.
“Jubrile kind of burst on to the scene and was so successful teams had to start game planning him,” Montana State head coach Danny Sprinkle said. “How he learned from that and got better throughout the season, you don’t see that a lot from sophomores. Now he knows what to expect and I think the sky is the limit for him because of his learning curve.”
Shelton was one of just four players in the league last season to rank in the top 10 In both scoring and rebounding, averaging 14.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. The junior guard finished fourth in the Big Sky with 4.4 assists and fifth with 1.5 steals.
Montana incoming transfer Michael Steadman rounds out the preseason team. During his time at San Jose State, Steadman led the squad with 13.2 points and 8.5 boards.
The 2020-21 campaign tips off Wednesday, Nov. 25 with the 20-game Big Sky Conference schedule beginning the following week on Thursday, Dec. 3. The 2021 Big Sky Basketball Championships will be held Mar. 8-13 at Idaho Central Arena (formerly CenturyLink Arena) in Boise, Idaho.
The 2020-21 Big Sky men’s basketball preseason polls will be announced tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. MT. Basketball Digital Media Day is scheduled for 10 a.m. MT on Thursday on Pluto TV Channel 752.
|2020-21 Big Sky Men’s Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team|
|Jacob Davison (MVP)||Guard||R-Senior||Eastern Washington||Long Beach, Calif.|
|Kim Aiken Jr.||Guard/Forward||R-Junior||Eastern Washington||Redlands, Calif.|
|Bodie Hume||Guard||Junior||Northern Colorado||Sterling, Colo.|
|Jubrile Belo||Forward||Junior||Montana State||London, England|
|Cameron Shelton||Guard||Junior||Northern Arizona||Chino, Calif.|
|Michael Steadman||Forward||R-Senior||Montana||Union City, Calif.|