UC Davis 6-foot-3 junior guard Corey Hawkins and former Sacramento High School standout Will Davis II, a 6-8 junior forward at UC Irvine, are among six players named to the All-Big West Conference preseason men's basketball team, as selected by the media.
Davis, the 2012-13 Big West Defensive Player of the Year, had 88 blocks to shatter the school's single-season record that he set as a freshman.
Hawkins led the conference in scoring last season at 20.3 points per game and was second in free-throw percentage at .842.
UC Irvine, 21-16 and a Big West Tournament finalist last season, received nine of 24 first-place votes to earn the top team ranking. The Anteaters are one of the tallest college teams in the country with seven players 6-foot-8 or taller, including three 7-foot or taller.
UCD was picked to finish fifth.
UCD junior Sydnee Fipps was named to the six-player All-Big West preseason women's basketball team.
The 5-10 forward from Mariposa was an All-Big West first-team selection last season and was second in the conference in scoring, averaging 17.1 points.
Cal Poly was picked to win the conference, getting 17 first-place votes. UCD was selected to finish sixth.
Hornets, Aggies set to face off on the pitch
The Sacramento State men's soccer team will play Saturday at 3 p.m. at UCD in the annual Causeway Cup rivalry. The match is the first of two meetings as the Hornets (2-9-3, 0-6-0 Big West) will host the Aggies (6-7-2, 2-3-1) on Nov. 9.
This is the ninth year of the Causeway Cup competition that extends from the fall into the spring and involves the schools' 17 common teams. UCD leads the series 5-4.
UCD has taken the early lead this fall with wins in women's soccer and volleyball.
– Bill Paterson