(ATLANTA, GA) The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) announced its Basketball Preseason All-Conference Teams and Predicted Order of Finish for the 2013-2014 men’s and women’s basketball season, as voted by its SIAC Basketball Coaches Association.

The defending 2013 SIAC Women’s Basketball Champions, Clark Atlanta University, were unanimous favorites to win the SIAC East Division and Overall Championship. Three-time SIAC All-Conference Player, CAU senior guard Conisha Hicks, was picked as the Preseason SIAC Women’s Player of the Year.

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Last season, the 5-4 point guard from Lithonia finished in the top five in the SIAC in scoring, assists and steals. She averaged 15.9 points, 3.8 assists, and 3.3 steals per game and was also named to the SIAC Women’s Basketball All-Tournament Team. Returning center, Erika Sumpter, a senior from Orangeburg, SC, joined Hicks on the All-SIAC team with a 64 blocks and 8.7 rebounds per game in her junior campaign which ranked her first and second on the team, respectively.

Clark Atlanta’s HOME debut opens with the Lady Panthers Classic Nov. 22, against Augusta State at 7 p.m., and Nov. 23, at 4 p.m., against North Alabama.

Forward Dwayne Bingham was the lone CAU men’s player named to the men’s Preseason All-SIAC team after leading the Panthers in rebounding last season averaging 7.7 per game. After a 4-23 season, the Panthers are predicted to finish seventh in the East Division. CAU’s will host Shorter University in its season opener Nov. 15, at 7 p.m., in Epps Gymnasium.

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2013-2014 Women’s Preseason Predicted Order of Finish
East Division West Division
1. Clark Atlanta                  1. Tuskegee
2. Benedict                          2. Stillman
3. Fort Valley State           3. Kentucky State
4. Albany State                  4. Miles
5. Paine                                5. LeMoyne-Owen
6. Claflin                               6. Lane

Overall Champion: Clark Atlanta
SIAC Preseason Player of the Year- Conisha Hicks- CAU

2013-2014 Men’s Preseason Predicted Order of Finish
East Division West Division

1.Benedict                           1.Stillman
2.Morehouse                     2.Tuskegee
3.Paine                                 3.Kentucky State
4.Fort Valley State            4.LeMoyne-Owen
5.Albany State                    5.Lane
6.Claflin                                 6.Miles
7.Clark Atlanta

Overall Champion: Benedict
SIAC Preseason Player of the Year- Brandon Davey- Fort Valley State

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Courtesy of siac.com