Lions look for new leaders with Martin’s departure

MSSU looks for new leaders with 2X 1st team All-American Cam Martin transferring to KU.

WATCH: The Missouri Southern men speak at MIAA media day in Kansas City Tuesday.

The Lions look to new leaders this season with the departure of 2X 1st team All-American Cam Martin – who transferred to play at KU.

RELEASE FROM MISSOURI SOUTHERN ATHLETICS:

The Missouri Southern men’s basketball team has been picked to finish fourth in both the media and coaches MIAA Men’s Basketball Preseason Polls as the league announced both today as part of MIAA Basketball Media Day held at the College Basketball Experience inside the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City.

The Lions are coming off a 13-10 season and return eight players, as well as four starters off that team. Back for the Lions from the starting lineup are Stan ScottRJ SmithChristian Bundy and Lawson JenkinsWinston Dessesow and Avery Taggart also saw a good amount of playing time a season ago.

Scott is a returning All-MIAA performer as he averaged 14.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Jenkins averaged 10.8 points, while Dessesow and Bundy averaged 11.6 and 9.4 points per game, respectively. Smith was second on the team with 6.2 rebounds per game. The men bring in six newcomers to the fold with three Division I transfers.

Newcomers to the fold include guard Alex Jones from Lipscomb, forward Ndongo Ndaw from Indiana State and forward Odell Wilson from North Dakota State. A pair of incoming high school players from Illinois include forward Donald Coats from Harvey, Ill. and guard Isaiah Holden from Evanston, Ill.

Northwest Missouri was picked to win the league by both the coaches and the media. Washburn was second in the Coaches’ poll, followed by Central Oklahoma, the Lions, Missouri Western, Fort Hays State, Rogers State, Pittsburg State, Emporia State, Lincoln, Central Missouri, Nebraska-Kearney, Northeastern State and Newman.

The media had both Northwest and Washburn at 1 and 2 in its poll, while Western was picked third. The Lions were fourth, followed by Central Oklahoma, Fort Hays State, Emporia State, Rogers State, Pittsburg State, Lincoln, Central Missouri, Nebraska-Kearney, Northeastern State and Newman. Both polls are listed below.

The Lions will begin the season with an exhibition at Wichita State on November 1 and start the regular season in Kansas City on November 12-13.

2021-22 MIAA Preseason Men’s Basketball Coaches Poll
1. Northwest Missouri (13) – 169 points
2. Washburn (1) – 157 points
3. Central Oklahoma – 141 points
4. Missouri Southern – 125 points
5. Missouri Western – 115 points
6. Fort Hays State – 112 points
7. Rogers State – 88 points
8. Pittsburg State – 86 points
9. Emporia State – 78 points
10. Lincoln – 60 points
11. Central Missouri – 59 points
12. Nebraska Kearney – 39 points
13. Northeastern State – 31 points
14. Newman – 14 points
Coaches Are Not Allowed To Vote For Their Own Team

2021-2022 MIAA Men’s Basketball Media Poll
1. Northwest Missouri (9) – 126 points
2. Washburn – 116 points
3. Missouri Western – 99 points
4. Missouri Southern – 90 points
5. Central Oklahoma – 86 points
6. Fort Hays State – 74 points
7. Emporia State – 73 points
8. Rogers State – 63 points
9. Pittsburg State – 61 points
10. Lincoln – 60 points
11. Central Missouri – 38 points
12. Nebraska Kearney – 28 points
13. Northeastern State – 16 points
14. Newman – 15 points