FULLERTON, Calif. -- Led by preseason All-Big West Conference picks D.J. Seeley and Kwame Vaughn, the Cal State Fullerton men's basketball team was picked to finish second in the Big West Conference in 2012-13 as selected by the media and released by the league office on Thursday afternoon.
The Titans received six first-place votes and 164 points overall to stand behind defending conference champion Long Beach State, which garnered 13 first-place votes and 194 points overall. UC Irvine (one first-place vote) was third with 153 points, league newcomer Hawaii was tabbed fourth with 132 points, while UC Santa Barbara rounds out the top five at 129 points.
Fullerton is the only school to return a pair of All-Big West performers in Seeley and Vaughn, who each earned preseason all-conference recognition from the media panel. Seeley, a first-team All-Big West selection and the league's Newcomer of the Year in 2011-12, averaged 17.3 ppg to stand fourth in the conference and ranked eighth in the league with 66 three-pointers made.
Vaughn was a second-team selection as a junior after averaging 15.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, and a league-best 3.7 assists per game. He ranked sixth in scoring, fifth in field goal percentage (.458), and 10th in three-pointers made per game (1.9 pg).
Cal State Fullerton officially opens the 2012-13 on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 7:05 p.m. with an exhibition against Cal State Los Angeles at Titan Gym before kicking-off the regular season on Monday, Nov. 12, at Pac-12 power Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif.
2012-13 BIG WEST CONFERENCE MEN'S BASKETBALL PRESEASON MEDIA POLL
1. Long Beach State (13) - 194
2. Cal State Fullerton (6) - 164
3. UC Irvine (1) - 153
4. Hawaii - 132
5. UC Santa Barbara - 129
6. Pacific (1) - 113
7. Cal Poly - 100
8. Cal State Northridge - 83
9. UC Davis - 44
10. UC Riverside - 43
MEN'S BASKETBALL PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
James Ennis (Sr., G/F) - Long Beach State
Stephan Hicks (So., G/F) - Cal State Northridge
Vander Joaquim (Sr., C) - Hawaii
Michael Wilder (Sr., G/F) - UC Irvine
D.J. Seeley (Sr., G) - Cal State Fullerton
Kwame Vaughn (Sr., G) - Cal State Fullerton