Temple senior guard Khalif Wyatt has been named the Philahoops Preseason Player of the Year, Philahoops editor Aaron Bracy announced today.
Wyatt is coming off a season in which he averaged 17.1 points, 3.3 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 2.2 steals while helping the Owls finish 24-8 overall and 13-3 in the Atlantic 10.
Joining Wyatt on Philahoops’ Preseason First Team are Saint Joseph’s C.J. Aiken and Langston Galloway, along with La Salle’s Ramon Galloway and Drexel’s Frantz Massenat.
Aiken, a junior forward, led the A-10 and ranked fifth in the country by averaging 3.53 blocks per game last season to go with 10.9 points and 5.1 rebounds. Langston Galloway, a junior guard, averaged 15.5 points and led the A-10 in 3-point shooting (46.6 percent).
Ramon Galloway, a senior guard, averaged 14.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists and was second in the A-10 in 3-point shooting (44.2 percent). Massenat, a junior guard, helped the Dragons reach 29 wins last season, by contributing 13.7 points, 4.8 assists and 3.1 rebounds.
Saint Joseph’s coach Phil Martelli has been named Preseason Coach of the Year, and Villanova’s Tony Chennault has been elected as Newcomer of the Year. Entering his 18th season, Martelli returns everyone from his seven-man rotation last season that finished 20-14 overall and 9-7 in the A-10. Chennault, a junior transfer from Wake Forest, averaged 9.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists for the Demon Deacons last season.
The Hawks have been selected as the city’s top team in the preseason, followed by Drexel, Temple, La Salle, Villanova and Penn.
Philahoops 2012-13 Preseason Honors
C.J. Aiken, F, St. Joe’s
Langston Galloway, G, St. Joe’s
Ramon Galloway, G, La Salle
Frantz Massenat, G, Drexel
Khalif Wyatt, G, Temple
Tony Chennault, G, Villanova
Tyreek Duren, G, La Salle
Carl “Tay” Jones, G, St. Joe’s
JayVaughn Pinkston, F, Villanova
Scootie Randall, F, Temple
Miles Cartwright, G, Penn
Damion Lee, G, Drexel
Ronald Roberts, F, St. Joe’s
Jerrell Wright, F, La Salle
Mouphtaou Yarou, C, Villanova
Player of Year: Wyatt
Coach of Year: Phil Martelli, St. Joe’s
Newcomer of Year: Tony Chennault, Villanova
City 6 Preseason Rankings: 1. St. Joe’s, 2. Drexel, 3. Temple, 4. La Salle, 5. Villanova, 6. Penn
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