Jackson, Tenn. - 10/4/2002 - The Union University men's basketball team earns a No. 5 preseason rating in the college basketball edition of Street and Smith Magazine.
Union has six players returing that have seen time as a starter for Head Coach Ralph Turner. Zach Wiggs, Derrick Underwood, Bruno Martinessi, and Chima Abakwue averaged over double figures in points last season. Newcomers Michael Palmer, a transfer from Bevil State, and Pierry Valmera, a freshman from Haiti, add tremedous athletic ability and good scorers to the the Bulldog team.
The Bulldogs are coming off a season in which they finished 31-5, claimed the TranSouth regular season and tournament championships, and made the sweet sixteen in the NAIA National Tournament. Union ended last season as the No. 3 team in the nation.
Other teams in the top 10 were No. 1 Azusa Pacific (Calif.); No. 2 Faulkner; No. 3 Oklahoma City; No. 4 Georgetown; and No. 8 Lee University. Union will play Azusa Pacific on November 15 in California and will battle Lee University as the Bulldogs defend their TranSouth Conference championship.
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