Sporting News Ranks Wonder Boys 4th

Two-time defending Gulf South Conference champion Arkansas Tech is ranked No. 4 in a 2010-11 preseason NCAA Division II men’s basketball poll by Sporting News magazine.

The Wonder Boys were 30-2 overall, champions of the GSC West Division during the regular season and champions of the GSC Tournament in 2009-10. Tech advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division II Tournament for a second consecutive year.

Among the returnees from that team are All-GSC West Division point guard Laithe Massey (photographed), who averaged 9.3 points and 4.8 assists per game last year; and Jeremy Dunbar, who averaged 11.9 points per game and shot 41 percent from 3-point range in 2009-10.

Findlay University (Ohio) is ranked No. 1 in the Sporting News preseason poll. The Oilers were NCAA Division II national champions in 2009.

The rest of the top five includes No. 2 Bellarmine (Ky.), third-ranked Grand Valley State (Mich.), No. 4 Arkansas Tech and fifth-ranked Cal Poly-Pomona, the defending national champion.