Conference USA's league office announced today that Tiger sophomore swingman Will Barton was named to the preseason all-conference team. As a freshman in 2010-11, the older of the Tigers' two Barton brothers led Memphis in scoring with 12.3 points per game and was second on the squad with 4.9 rebounds per game.
The rest of the preseason all-star team:
• Cameron Moore, forward, UAB (preseason Player of the Year)
• Keith Clanton, forward, UCF
• Arsalan Kazemi, forward, Rice
• DeAndre Kane, guard, Marshall
• Kendall Timmons, guard/forward, Tulane
Tarik Black and Joe Jackson — like Barton, sophomores for the Tigers — were named to the C-USA second-team. Senior Wesley Witherspoon — named to the preseason first-team a year ago — made neither team this year.
The Tigers will host Memphis Madness this Friday at FedExForum. Their first exhibition game will be on November 2nd (FEF, against LeMoyne-Owen) and the regular season opens on November 15th (FEF, against Belmont).