SWAC Announces Men’s Preseason Hoop Honors

By SWAC Media Relations
Updated: November 1, 2008

BIRMINGHAM — The SWAC announced its 2008 preseason men’s basketball honors this week, with Jackson State’s Grant Maxey and Grambling State’s Jamal Breaux claiming top honors. The team was voted on by the schools’ coaches and sports information contacts.Voted as the preseason player of the year, Maxey — a 6-foot-7, 180-pound, junior forward from Toledo, Ohio — was a key contributor to the Tigers’ success last season. As a sophomore, he averaged 14.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.5 steals per game.

He finished with 49 steals, 25 blocks while shooting 48.8 percent from the field. He had five double-double performances highlighted by 28 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and five steals against Texas Southern. He garnered 24 points, 11 rebounds and two assists against Alabama A&M and had 23 points, nine rebounds, two blocks and a steal versus Iona College.

The 2008-2009 Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, Breaux was a strong inside presence for the Tigers of Grambling State. The 6-foot-7, 240-pound, senior forward from Reserve, LA finished last season averaging 7.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists per outing.

He had 18 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and a steal at Mississippi Valley State and tallied 11 points, 17 rebounds and three steals against Prairie View A&M. He had seven games with double-digit scoring and four games with double-digit rebounding.

Joining Maxey and Breaux on first team are Alabama A&M guard Trant Simpson (15.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.5 apg), Alabama State guard Andrew Hayles (14.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.1 spg), and Texas Southern forward Jacques Jones (11.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg).

Receiving second-team honors were Southern guard Chris Davis (15.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.1 apg), Jackson State guard Darrion Griffin (14.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.4 apg), Southern forward Barry Honore’ (8.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg), Grambling State forward Andrew Prestley (10.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.5 apg) and Alabama State center Chief Kickingstallionsims (7.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.0 bpg).

In the predicted order of finish, Jackson State was chosen to win the regular season title as they received three first-place votes en route to 176 total points. Alabama State — the 2007-08 regular season champions — received 10 first-place votes en route to 167 points.

Alabama A&M (155 pts), Southern (143 pts), and the 2008 tournament champion Mississippi Valley State (89 pts) each received two first-place votes. Rounding out the list were Grambling State (88 pts), Texas Southern (83 pts – one first-place vote), Prairie View A&M (79 pts), Univ. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (70 pts) and Alcorn State (50 pts).

Alabama State, Southern, Jackson State and Grambling State each had two players to receive preseason honors while Texas Southern and Alabama A&M each had one player chosen.

(first-place votes in parentheses)

Jackson State (3)

176 pts

Alabama State (10)


Alabama A&M (2)


Southern (2)


Mississippi Valley State (2)


Grambling State


Texas Southern (1)


Prairie View A&M


Univ. Arkansas-Pine Bluff


Alcorn State