Three Eastern Kentucky University men's basketball players were selected preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference by CollegeSportsMadness.com. Glenn Cosey was picked for the first team, Corey Walden on the third team and Eric Stutz was a fourth team choice.
Cosey, a 6-foot guard from Flint, Mich., averaged 15 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals per game last season. He ranked ninth in the OVC in scoring, third with 2.8 three-pointers per game, third in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.4), 10th in steals and 11th in assists.
Walden, a 6-foot-2 guard from Daytona Beach, Fla., averaged 13 points, four rebounds, two steals and two assists per game. He finished 19th in the conference in scoring, led the OVC in free throw percentage (87.8 percent) and ranked ninth in steals. Walden had the 16th best free throw percentage in NCAA Division I basketball.
Stutz, a 6-foot-8 forward from Newburgh, Ind., averaged eight points, five rebounds and one assists per game a year ago. In four postseason games – two OVC tournament and two CIT games – Stutz contributed 16 points, six rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block per game. He shot 70 percent from the field in those games.
Eastern has already been picked by several national publications as the favorite in the Ohio Valley Conference. USA Today predicts the Colonels to win the OVC and earn a No. 13 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Four starters and a total of 13 letter winners return from the 2012-13 squad that won a school record 25 games and posted the second best conference mark at 12-4. The Colonels advanced to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) and picked up the program's first victory in a national postseason tournament game in 68 years.
EKU begins its 2013-14 season on Nov. 8 against Florida International at the Kennesaw State Invitational. Eastern's first home game is on Nov. 13.