GRAND FORKS, N.D. – North Dakota junior Geno Crandall was among six guards selected to the Preseason All-Big Sky Team by the league's 12 head coaches. Crandall was an All-Big Sky second team selection as a sophomore after helding lead the Fighting Hawks to their first Big Sky regular season and tournament titles.
"This is great recognition for him and our program and it's something for him to strive for," UND head coach Brian Jones said. "What we need from Geno is for his leadership to take that next step and I think it will with Quinton (Hooker) no longer with us. I could not be more excited and proud of him, but he can use this as motivation to go out and prove he is one of the top players in our league every day."
Crandall averaged a career-high 15.5 ppg last season and upped that to 16.7 ppg in league play. His 136 assists were fourth most in the Big Sky and his 64 steals were second among league players. He averaged 16.0 ppg, 6.3 apg and 5.0 rpg in three wins in Reno last season that secured UND's first appearance in the NCAA Division I Tournament.
UND opens the 2017-18 season on Friday, Nov. 10 at 8:30 p.m. CT against Troy at the Outrigger Resorts Rainbow Classic hosted by Hawaii in Honolulu.
2017-18 Big Sky Men's Preseason All-Conference Team
|Tyler Hall (MVP)||Jr.||G||Montana State||Rock Island, Ill.|
|Victor Sanders||Sr.||G||Idaho||Portland, Ore.|
|Bogdan Bliznyuk||Sr.||G/F||Eastern Washington||Lutsk, Ukraine|
|Ahmaad Rorie||Jr.||G||Montana||Tacoma, Wash.|
|Geno Crandall||Jr.||G||North Dakota||Minneapolis, Minn.|
|Jordan Davis||Jr.||G||Northern Colorado||Las Vegas, Nev.|
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