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Tevon Saddler, Marcus Paige
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Leading scorer Tevon Saddler leaves UNCG program

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As a sophomore in 2014-15, guard Tevon Saddler led UNCG in scoring (13.4 ppg) and assists (4.0 apg) while also grabbing 4.6 rebounds per game. After earning third team all-conference honors last season, Saddler was expected to lead the way for a team that returns five of its top six scorers from a season ago.

However things have changed, with it being announced by Miller Saturday evening that Saddler has left the team. And it’s a move that caught Miller’s program by surprise as they’re just one week away from their season opener against Greensboro College.

“Our entire program was caught off guard by Tevon’s decision to quit our team a week before our first game,” Miller said in a release. “The timing of this makes it very difficult for me to understand his decision. That said, our focus is on the young men in our locker room that our committed to this program and committed to each other”

To have this occur at this juncture in the team’s preparations for the upcoming season, especially when it was a surprising decision, is tough for UNCG. With Saddler’s departure junior guards Diante Baldwin (10.2 ppg, 3.5 apg) and Clay Byrd (5.5 ppg) become even more important players for the Spartans, with forward Kayel Locke (12.6, 5.7 rpg) and center R.J. White (11.8, 6.9) now the team’s leading returning scorers.

UNCG was picked to finish sixth in the SoCon in the preseason coaches’ poll, with Locke joining Saddler as a preseason all-conference selection.

h/t Brian Hall, WFMY-TV Greensboro

Tevon Saddler will return to UNC-Greensboro

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UNC-Greensboro’s hopes for next season took a positive turn on Sunday morning when it was announced Tevon Saddler, the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year, would return to school.

The 6-foot-4 guard had looked to transfer earlier this spring.

“We are pleased to announce that Tevon is rejoining our program,” UNC-Greensboro head coach Wes Miller said in a statement. “He handled the transfer process with a great deal of maturity, and after looking at a variety of different universities he felt that his heart was still at UNCG. On his own accord, he reached out to all of his teammates individually to ask for their blessing to return to the team. I have been impressed with his humility and thoughtfulness throughout this process. He is eager to get back to work with his teammates and continue to help us achieve the lofty goals we have for this program.”

Saddler was second on the Spartans in scoring, and led the team in assists with 12.5 points and 2.9 assists per game.

The UNCG program had taken its share of hits this offseason with rotation players Jordan Potts and Tyrone Outlaw leaving the program and top scorer Kyle Cain turning pro.

The Spartans were 14-18 (7-9 SoCon) last season, finishing sixth place in the conference.

Conference Preview: Youth vs. Experience in the SoCon

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Throughout the month of October (and part of November), CollegeBasketballTalk will be rolling out our previews for the 2012-2013 season. Check back at 9 a.m. and just after lunch every day, Monday-Friday, for a new preview item.

To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. To look at the rest of the Top 25, click here. For a schedule of our previews for the month, click here.

These are the times that try institutions of higher learning’s souls. As the power conferences jockey for supremacy in football, realignment has opened up power vacuums in basketball conferences across the land. The CAA is losing three contenders to other leagues, so they’re looking to survive the torpedoing by calling in reinforcements from the USS SoCon. Davidson has said “no.” College of Charleston has said “let’s talk about it.” Some even think Elon and/or Appy State may jump ship, tie a square knot, or do some other important nautical thing demanded by this tortured metaphor.

In the meantime, all three programs are currently hanging around the upper echelons of the Southern Conference. Davidson, now several years removed from the Steph Curry ascendancy, looks to prove that team basketball and wily coaching can take them just as far as star power. Forward De’Mon Brooks is the linchpin, and he proved his worth last season in upset non-conference wins over Richmond and Kansas. Ace ballhandler Nik Cochran will keep the offense moving, and 6’10” senior Jake Cohen will do the dirty work in and around the half circle on both ends of the floor. Those three key pieces should keep the Wildcats in the hunt for the regular season crown throughout the season.

Charleston, led by British Olympian Andrew Lawrence, is expected to come in second to Davidson in the SoCon’s South division. The true threat to snatch the auto-bid is more likely to come from UNC-Greensboro, a team whose head coach – former Chapel Hill hardcourt standout Wes Miller – is just a few years older than his fourth-year players. Miller somehow won 13 games after a 2-14 start as an interim placeholder last season, and his ability to keep leading scorer Trevis Simpson in the fold and build a decent nucleus around him has the Spartans on track to win the North division. Elon and Western Carolina are nipping at Greensboro’s heels.

Will the Big Dance invite go to the grizzled veteran, Bob McKillop, or will tyro Wes Miller gain the upper hand? Will a wild-card emerge and deny them both? That’s what makes the SoCon season so much fun.

All Conference Team (*denotes Player of the Year)

G Trevis Simpson (Greensboro)

G Andrew Lawrence (Charleston)

F De’Mon Brooks (Davidson)*

F Trent Wiedeman (Charleston)

C Jake Cohen (Davidson)

Predicted Standings

1. Davidson

2. Greensboro

3. Charleston

4. Elon

5. Western Carolina

6. Appalachian State

7. Georgia Southern

8. Wofford

9. Furman

10. Chattanooga

11. Samford

12. The Citadel

(photo: Wes Miller/AP; Bob McKillop/Getty)