EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Eastern Kentucky University senior forward Nick Mayo has been voted to the Preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference Team, the league announced on Tuesday at its annual Media Day.
Mayo earned first team All-OVC honors for the third consecutive season in 2017-18, ranking third in the conference in scoring at 18.0 points-per-game. He was also among the OVC's leaders in rebounding (11th / 6.7 rebounds-per-game), field goal percentage (ninth / 52.8%), free throw percentage (sixth / 83.9%), three-point field goal percentage (44.6%) and blocks (1.5 blocks-per-game). Mayo was the only player to rank in the top-10 in the OVC in all three shooting percentage categories.
The 6-9 forward from Oakland, Maine reached several career milestones during the 2017-18 campaign. He climbed to No. 8 on EKU’s all-time scoring list (1,582 points) and will enter his senior season on pace to become the school’s all-time leading scorer (the record is 1,832 points). Mayo is one of only six Colonels ever to record 1,500 points and 500 rebounds in a career. He also broke EKU's career blocks record during the 2017-18 season (122).
EKU was picked to finish sixth out of 12 teams in a preseason poll of league head coaches and sports information directors.
The Colonels received 118 points in the poll. Belmont was tabbed the preseason OVC favorite, but not by much. The Bruins received eight first-place votes and a total of 227 points. Murray State, the defending OVC Tournament champion, finished second in the poll with nine first-place votes and a total of 221 points. Jacksonville State was third with seven first-place votes and 211 points.
Austin Peay (188 points), Tennessee Tech (135), EKU, Eastern Illinois (116), Tennessee State (101), Southeast Missouri (82), Morehead State (78), UT Martin (77) and SIUE (30) rounded out the poll.
EKU was picked to finish eighth in the OVC Media Poll, which was released last Friday.
Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook and Street & Smith Magazine both have the Colonels finishing 11th in the conference this season.
First-year head coach A.W. Hamilton took over the program in late March following a season in which he helped lead N.C. State back to the NCAA Tournament as an assistant coach under Kevin Keatts. Before arriving in Raleigh, Hamilton was the head coach at one of the top prep basketball programs in the country, Hargrave Military Academy.
EKU lost five of its top seven scorers from the 2017-18 season. Mayo headlines a group of returners that also includes redshirt junior guard Dujuanta Weaver (6.6 points-per-game) and sophomore guards Jacquess Hobbs (ranked fifth in the OVC in assist-turnover ratio (2.4) during conference play) and Peyton Broughton (scored a career-high 21 points in a win over Asbury last November).
Junior college transfers Jordan Oakley and Kelvin Robinson, as well as talented freshmen Jomaru Brown, Tre King and Houston King, are expected to make an impact for the Colonels this season.
EKU will host Kentucky Christian in an exhibition on Thursday, November 1 at McBrayer Arena.
The Colonels open the regular season by hosting Marshall on Wednesday night, November 7, at 7:00 p.m.