BOSTON – UMBC junior guard Jairus Lyles (Silver Spring, Md./DeMatha) has been selected to the 2016-17 Men's Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team in a vote by the league's nine head coaches, who were not permitted to vote for their own student-athletes.
The Retrievers, under first-year head coach Ryan Odom, were tabbed to place sixth in the pre-season poll.
Lyles is the first Retriever to earnpreseason All-Conference recognition since 2012 as he returns for his first full season at UMBC after playing only the second semester in 2015-16. He scored a league-best 22.1 points per game in conference contests on his way to earning second-team All-Conference honors.
The league's top returning scorer from last season, Lyles averaged 23.0 points per contest last year.
Despite missing 11 games, he set UMBC sophomore records in field goals (170), points (482) and tied the mark in steals (53). Lyles set the UMBC single season mark for scoring average at 23.0 points per game, topping Rick Moreland's 1982-83 record of 22.6.
"We are extremely excited for the start of the season," Odom said. "We are working hard to become the best team we can possibly be while building a winning culture. We are proud of Jairus and continue to be pleased with his accomplishments both on and off the court."
Joining Lyles on the team are Joe Cremo (Albany), Will Rodriguez, (Binghamton) Jahad Thomas, (UMass Lowell), Tanner Leissner, (New Hampshire) and Trae Bell-Haynes (Vermont).
Vermont is the coaches' choice to capture the league title. The Catamount received six first-place votes and 62 points, while New Hampshire received the other three first-place votes and 58 points. Albany (49) was picked third, followed by Binghamton (37), UMass Lowell (31), UMBC (29), defending champion Stony Brook (27), Hartford (23) and Maine (8).