Oct. 4, 2013
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech guard Raheem Applebyracked up first team All-LSWA, first team All-District 6 by the NABC and first team All-WAC honors last season so it was only fitting that the junior be named one of 16 Preseason Players to Watch in Conference USA by the league's basketball coaches.
The Jacksonville, Ark. native totaled 506 points last season while averaging a team-high 14.9 points per contest and is primed to lead the Bulldogs to another stellar season, this time in a new conference in C-USA.
Of the 34 games played last season, he recorded double-digit scoring in 24 of those including nine that saw him produce 20-plus points.
Appleby is only 48 points shy of becoming the 35th Bulldog to join the 1,000-point club.
The preseason roster included eight seniors, five juniors and three sophomores.
LA Tech will open its regular season at St. Mary's on Friday, November 8 at 10:30 p.m.
The 2014 Conference USA Basketball Championship will take place March 11-15 in El Paso, Texas in what will be the 19th men's basketball campaign for the league.
UTEP will serve as the host school for the second time in four years. The men's championship game is slated for Saturday, March 15 at 11:30 a.m. EST/9:30 a.m. MST and will be nationally televised on CBS.
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2013-14 C-USA MEN'S BASKETBALL PRESEASON PLAYERS TO WATCH
Student-Athlete | School | Class | Pos. | Hometown
Pierriá Henry | Charlotte | Junior | G | Charleston, W.Va.
Akeem Richmond | East Carolina | Senior | G | Sanford, N.C.
Tymell Murphy | FIU | Senior | F | Brooklyn, N.Y.
Dragan Sekelja | Florida Atlantic | Redshirt Senior | C | Zagreb, Croatia
Elijah Pittman | Marshall | Senior | F | Covington, Ky.
Shawn Jones | Middle Tennessee | Senior | F | Hialeah, Fla.
Jordan Williams | North Texas | Junior | G | Dallas, Texas
Keenan Palmore | Old Dominion | Sophomore | G | Stone Mountain, Ga.
Max Guercy | Rice | Sophomore | G | Arleta, Calif.
Neil Watson | Southern Miss | Senior | G | Kansas City, Kan.
Tre Drye | Tulane | Junior | F | Baton Rouge, La.
James Woodard | Tulsa | Sophomore | G | Edmond, Okla.
Rod Rucker | UAB | Senior | F | Elberton, Ga.
Julian Washburn | UTEP | Junior | F/G | Duncanville, Texas
Jeromie Hill | UTSA | Senior | F | Cairns, Australia