Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Bellarmine University Tabbed as Preseason No. 1 in DII

Bellarmine University is No. 1 in the DII Bulletin preseason rankings. Senior guard Rusty Troutman is named to the publications "Super 16" players in the nation.

Here are details from BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Division II Bulletin holds the Bellarmine men's basketball team and senior Rusty Troutman in high regard. The publication has just released its 2016-17 preseason rankings and the Knights are No. 1 in the nation while Troutman was named as a "Super 16" selection.

The publication, which is in its 25th year, made the preseason selections available on its website at www.smallcollegehoops.com. The DII Bulletin preseason top 25 includes a number of Bellarmine's 2016-17 opponents. In order of their ranking, they include: No. 3 Lincoln Memorial, No. 5 Saginaw Valley State, No. 9 Alabama Huntsville, No. 11 Drury, and No. 17 Indianapolis.

The Knights have made eight straight NCAA appearances, including a national championship in 2011 and final four appearances in 2012 and 2015. Last season, Bellarmine finished 23-7 and claimed the Great Lakes Valley Conference East Division's regular season title.

The Super 16 is the publication's list of its top two players in each region. Troutman and Lake Superior State's Akaemji Williams were the Midwest Region's honorees.

Last season, Troutman earned NABC All American honors after leading the Knights last season in scoring (18.2), 3-point percentage (46.9) and 3-pointers made (61). The Bullitt East (Ky.) High School product ranked second on the Knights in rebounding (4.8) and field-goal percentage (56.1) and third on the team in free-throw percentage (80.0), assists (2.7) and steals (26).

The DII Bulletin accolade is the second preseason honor for Troutman. Last week, he was named to The Sporting News' preseason All-American squad last week.

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Troutman was also named preseason All-America by Sporting News:

The Sporting News Preseason All-Americans

First Team

David Chavlovich, West Texas A&M
Justin Pitts, Northwest Missouri
Justin Reyes, St. Thomas Aquinas
Devin Schmidt, Delta State
Suki Wiggs, Alaska-Anchorage

Second Team

Gage Davis, St. Cloud State
Michael Mallory, Southern Connecticut
John Moon, Oklahoma Christian
Michael Smith, California Baptist
C.J. Wilson, Young Harris

Honorable Mention

Jalin Alexander, Queens (NC)
Matt Bingaya, Fairmont State
Luquon Choice, Lincoln Memorial
Alex Cooper, Arkansas-Fort Smith
Wendell Davis, Ashland
David Dennis, West Liberty
Robert Duncan, Chico State
Elvar Fridriksson, Barry
Haywood Highsmith, Wheeling Jesuit
Josh Johnson, Kutztown
Ryan Logan, Stonehill
Gokul Natesan, Colorado Mines
Rusty Troutman, Bellarmine
C.J. Turnage, Saginaw Valley
Tyree White, Queens (NY)

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