Asheville, N.C. – Western Carolina senior forward Carlos Dotson was named to the Preseason All-Southern Conference Team as the league unveiled its preseason honors on Monday at its 2019-20 Basketball Tip-Off Event in at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel. Additionally, the men’s team was picked to finish seventh in both the preseason coaches and media polls.

Dotson led the Catamounts with an average of 13.9 points per game and 9.5 rebounds per game. The Riverdale, Md. product was named third-team All-SoCon in 2018-19. Dotson recorded 13 double-doubles and scored a season-high of 27 points on three separate occasions including in the SoCon Tournament first round against VMI. 

ETSU was selected as the preseason favorite by both the coaches and media. WCU tallied 41 points in the coaches poll, trailing sixth-place Chattanooga and ahead of eighth-place Mercer. In the media, poll, the Catamounts took home 117 points as they were sandwiched between the same two teams as the coaches poll as the two tabulations mirrored each other.

The Catamounts open the 2019-20 season on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at Georgia with tip-off time yet to be announced. WCU welcomes NCAA Tournament participant Gardner-Webb to the Ramsey Center for the home opener on Saturday, Nov. 9 in Noon as part of a doubleheader with the Catamount football team which hosts ETSU in the “Blue Ridge Border Battle” at 3:30 pm.

Men’s and women's basketball season tickets are on sale now. For ticketing information call the Catamount Ticket Office at (828) 227-2401. Tickets can also be purchased online at


2019-20 Preseason Southern Conference Coaches Poll

Team (1st-place votes)                   Total

1. ETSU (8)                                          80

2. UNCG (2)                                        74

3. Furman                                           61

4. Wofford                                          52

5. Samford                                          48

6. Chattanooga                                 41

7. Western Carolina                       38

8. Mercer                                            29

9. The Citadel                                     16

10. VMI                                                11


2019-20 Preseason Player of the Year

Isaiah Miller, Jr., G, UNCG


2019-20 Preseason All-Southern Conference Team

Bo Hodges, Jr., G, ETSU

Jeromy Rodriguez, R-Sr., F, ETSU

Daivien Williamson, So., G, ETSU

Jordan Lyons, Sr., G, Furman

Ross Cummings, Sr., G, Mercer

James Dickey, R-Sr., F, UNCG

Isaiah Miller, Jr., G, UNCG

Josh Sharkey, Sr., G, Samford

Carlos Dotson, Sr., F, Western Carolina

Nathan Hoover, Sr., G, Wofford


2019-20 Preseason Southern Conference Media Poll

Team (1st-place votes)                   Total

1. ETSU (20)                                        286

2. UNCG (6)                                        264

3. Furman (4)                                     245

4. Wofford                                          216

5. Samford                                          169

6. Chattanooga                                 128

7. Western Carolina                       117

8. Mercer                                            115

9. The Citadel                                     70

10. VMI                                                40