BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Birmingham-Southern men's basketball program was ranked No. 20 in the SmallCollegeHoops.com preseason poll.
The Panthers are the only Southern Athletic Association team to get recognized in the organization's national rankings. They return three starters to this year's squad, led by junior Harrison Deneka (Memphis, Tenn./Christian Brothers HS) who averaged 11.5 points per game.
Other starters returning are Ian Thom (Cold Spring, N.Y./Croton-Harmon HS) and Evan Lewis (Birmingham, Ala./Ramsey HS). Thom was the third leading scorer from last year and Lewis had the best three-point percentage on the squad.