BUCKHANNON – Senior forward Tanner McGrew (Buckhannon, W. Va.) of the West Virginia Wesleyan men's basketball team has been named an Honorable Mention preseason All-American by The Sporting News.
McGrew is coming off a junior season in which he collected First-Team All-Mountain East Conference honors. He finished first in the conference in rebounding (12.4) by a huge margin and was first in double-doubles with 16. He was also eighth in the conference in scoring, averaging 16.0 points per game.
Nationally, he was fifth in rebounds per game and eighth in double-doubles.
"Tanner has put the numbers up and put in the performances that indicates he is an All-American caliber player," remarked Wesleyan head coach Gary Nottingham. "The key this year is now people know who he is. If he can perform at a high level I think that it will be very beneficial for him as a senior for his potential career opportunities.
"Anytime you get national recognition, it is a good thing. I can't say I am surprised by the honor. He had a fantastic junior season. His numbers indicate he should receive this type of honor."
Wesleyan will begin their 2015-16 season this Friday at the Retton Classic in Fairmont. They will face Shaw at 2:30 p.m.
The Sporting News Division II Preseason All-Americans
Andy Avgi, Western Oregon
Seger Bonifant, West Liberty
Daniel Jansen, Augustana (SD)
Ryan Stephen, Colorado-Mesa
Deonta Stocks, West Georgia
Yunio Barrueta, Barry
Dontrell Brite, Mount Olive
Casey Schilling, Augustana (SD)
Devin Schmidt, Delta State
Gelvis Solano, Merrimack
Connor Beranek, Nebraska-Kearney
Ryan Berg, California Baptist
Ethan Brozek, Nebraska-Kearney
Kameron Bundy, Drury
Luquon Choice, Lincoln Memorial
Kyle Cooper, Hillsdale
Wendell Davis, Ashland
Jordan Faison, Cal Poly Pomona
Jon Feiler, New York Tech
Tyree Gaiter, Notre Dame (OH)
Stephen Grosey, Concordia-Irvine (CA)
Ian Harward, BYU-Hawaii
Preston Herring, Alabama-Huntsville
Devin Hoehn, West Liberty
Corbin Jackson, Florida Tech
Andraz Kavas, Harding
Jack Madgen, Delta State
Michael Mallry, Southern Connecticut
Tanner McGrew, West Virginia Wesleyan