Jack Nunge, left, and Colby Jones, right, were named Tuesday to the preseason All-Big East first team at the conference's Media Day in New York City at Madison Square Garden.  Jones and Nunge are two of Xavier men's basketball's top returners.

Xavier picked second, two first-team selections

NEW YORK ‒ In many ways, the annual assembly under the historic lights of Madison Square Garden for the Big East Conference’s Media Day marks the unofficial start of a new college basketball season.

Tuesday’s festivities in the Big Apple got the ball rolling with predictions, preseason all-conference selections, and the unmistakable cluttered sound of questions being asked and answered.

Xavier University’s men’s basketball team was picked second in the preseason coaches poll and its two top returning players were named preseason All-Big East first team.

Junior Colby Jones, who finished last season as MVP of the National Invitation Tournament, and 7-foot graduate student Jack Nunge, who led the Musketeers in scoring and rebounding last season, were selected first-team.

Xavier’s coming off a 23-13 season (8-11 Big East) that ended with an NIT championship run, and the conference coaches are predicting the Musketeers, under new head coach Sean Miller, will finish runner-up to Creighton, a team that returns most of its production from last season’s 23-12 NCAA Tournament, and added one of the most sought-after transfers in the offseason (South Dakota State’s Baylor Scheierman).

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