SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The preseason awards and preseason poll have been released for the Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball 2020-21 season.
Voters around the MVC have picked the Missouri State Bears to finish sixth in the conference’s preseason poll and with a single Bear making a preseason all-conference team.
Here is the 2020-21 preseason poll:
- Indiana State
- Southern Illinois
- Missouri State
- Illinois State
This season MSU will have 10 newcomers with only three players returning with starting experience, according to Missouri State University. Last year, the Bears finished 16-17 overall with a 9-9 conference record.
One of the returning starters is Missouri State forward Gaige Prim, who was the only Bear to make an all-conference team. Prim was selected to the preseason all-conference second team.
Last year, Prim averaged 13.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. He was also awarded by being placed on the MVC all-newcomer team during the 2019-20 season.