Senior guard Ed Townsel of the Arkansas State University men's basketball team has been selected to the 2013-14 <http://www.collegesportsmadness.com/article/7399> College Sports Madness<http://www.collegesportsmadness.com/article/7399> All-Sun Belt Conference (SBC) Preseason Team<http://www.collegesportsmadness.com/article/7399> per a release by the online publication.
Townsel received fourth-team all-conference preseason recognition by College Sports Madness, which placed five student-athletes apiece on its first, second, third, and fourth teams. South Alabama's Augustine Rubit was chosen as the SBC's Preseason Player of the Year and his teammate, Aakim Saintil, claimed Freshman of the Year honors. Ron Hunter of Georgia State was tabbed the SBC's Preseason Coach of the Year.
For the 2012-13 campaign, Townsel averaged a team-high 13.1 points per game andscored a squad-most 407 points in helping Arkansas State to a 19-12 overallrecord and a SBC West Division Championship title with a first-place 12-8 conference division mark. The 6-0, 171-pound backcourt player also led the Red Wolves in steals (49), field goals made (135), and three-point field goals made (66). A starter in 17 of 31 contests played in a season ago, Townsel compiled per game averages of 3.2 rebounds (99 rebs.), 1.6 steals, and 1.2 assists (37 asts.) while averaging 29.8 minutes (923 total) per outing.
Townsel ranked 12th among the 2012-13 SBC's scoring leaders for all games and registered double-figure scoring in a team-best 20 contests last seasonwith five being 20 points or more single-game performances. The Starkville, Miss., native, who was chosen as the College Sports Madness' SBC Player of the Week this past season (1/7), currently ranks sixth on A-State's all-time leaders list in steals (134) and eighth in three-point field goals(133).
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Arkansas State, under head coach John Brady, opens its 2013-14 season with two home exhibition contests versus HendersonState Nov. 2 and Arkansas-Monticello Nov. 5 at the A-State Convocation Center in Jonesboro, Ark. Opening tipoff for both games is at 7:05 p.m. (CT). The Red Wolves host Tennessee-Martin on Nov. 13 in their regular-season home openerwith start time also scheduled for 7:05 p.m. (CT). Both season and single-game tickets for all 2013-14 A-State home games can be purchased by calling 1-888-ASU-FANS or ordering online at AStateRedWolves.com.