Douglas-Roberts Named C-USA Preseason Player of the Year
Oct. 11, 2007
DALLAS - University of Memphis junior Chris Douglas-Roberts earned the Conference USA preseason Player of the Year honor, the league office announced at Thursday's conference media day. C-USA's 12 head coaches voted for the award.
The league's coaches also chose Memphis to win the 2007-08 C-USA regular season title. It is the third-straight year the Tigers are the conference's preseason pick to win the championship. Memphis has won the last two C-USA regular season crowns and three of the last four.
A 2006-07 All-Conference USA first team pick, Douglas-Roberts' name has appeared on several 2007-08 preseason All-America teams. The 6-foot-7 guard is the Tigers' leading returning scorer at 15.4 ppg, and shot 54.3 percent from the floor and 73.2 percent from the charity stripe last season. He ranked among Conference USA leaders in scoring, field goal percentage and free throw percentage in 2006-07.
The Detroit, Mich., native also picked up Associated Press All-America honorable mention, Conference USA Tournament MVP, NCAA Tournament All-South Region, NABC All-District 7 and USBWA All-District 4 honors last year. He enters 2007-08 needing only 179 points to become the 43rd player in Tiger hoops history to reach the 1,000-point plateau.
Senior Joey Dorsey joined Douglas-Roberts on the preseason All-Conference USA team. The 6-foot-9 forward was a 2006-07 All-C-USA first team and a 2007 Conference USA All-Tournament Team selection. Dorsey is the league's top returning rebounder from 2006-07 (9.4 rpg) and the conference's second-leading shot blocker (2.2 bpg). The 2006-07 C-USA Defensive Player of the Year enters 2007-08 needing 264 points and 153 boards to reach 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds for his career.
Rounding out the preseason All-C-USA team were UAB's Paul Delaney III, Houston's Robert McKiver and Southern Miss' Jeremy Wise. The following is the C-USA preseason poll:
4. Southern Miss
12. East Carolina