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Oklahoma Baptist picked first in GAC men’s preseason basketball poll

It’s a sign of respect.

The Oklahoma Baptist University men’s basketball program, under fourth-year head coach Jason Eaker, was recently picked No. 1 in a preseason poll by the Great American Conference coaches for 2021-22.

The Bison return all five starters, including All-GAC First Team selection in 6-foot, 3-inch Brantly Thompson and All-GAC Second Team pick in 6-7 Harrison Stoddart, both of whom are seniors, – along with 6-3 senior Jaquan Simms, 6-6 junior Nigel Wilcox and 6-2 sophomore Trey Green.

“Our guys have earned that through their hard work, but as everyone knows, anybody can beat anybody on any given night in the GAC,” said Eaker. “It’s a good sign. It’s better than being picked last.”

Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teams in the poll. Eaker says he voted Southern Arkansas No. 1 as the Muleriders also welcome back all five of their starters.

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