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2007-2008 MAC Player of the Year, Al Fisher
CLEVELAND - Ten of the leagues top mens basketball players have been selected to the preseason All-MAC teams for the East and West Divisions as announced by the league office. Voting for the teams was conducted among members of the MAC News Media Association as well as the league's head mens basketball coaches.

The West Division representatives are Anthony Newell of Ball State, Carlos Medlock of Eastern Michigan, Darion Anderson of Northern Illinois, Tyrone Kent of Toledo and David Kool of Western Michigan.
The East Division squad is comprised of Akrons Nate Linhart, Nate Miller of Bowling Green, Al Fisher of Kent State, Michael Bramos of Miami and Ohios Jerome Tillman.
Preseason All-MAC (East Division)
Nate Linhart, Akron
Nate Miller, Bowling Green
Al Fisher, Kent State
Michael Bramos, Miami
Jerome Tillman, Ohio
Preseason All-MAC (West Division)
Anthony Newell, Ball State
Carlos Medlock, Eastern Michigan
Darion Anderson, Northern Illinois
Tyrone Kent, Toledo
David Kool, Western Michigan
Breaking Down The 2008-2009 Preseason All-MAC Squad:
Newell returns to the Cardinals after earning Honorable Mention All-MAC honors last season. Despite only playing 21 games because of an injury, Newell led the team in scoring at 16.9 points per game and in rebounding at 8.0 boards per contest.
EMUs Medlock also earned honorable mention All-MAC honors last year after finishing in the top nine in the MAC in five categories: eighth in scoring (14.8), fourth in assists (4.1), sixth in assists to turnover ratio (1.18), eighth in free throw percentage (.818) and ninth in three-point field goals made (2.03 per game).
NIUs Anderson averaged a team-best 12.2 points and 2.6 assists-per-game and was named last years MAC Freshman of the Year. He became first NIU freshman to lead the Huskies in scoring since T.J. Lux accomplished that feat since the 1995-96 campaign. Anderson finished with the third most points (342), fourth most assists (74) and fourth most steals (25) as a freshman in NIU history.
Toledos Kent was named Honorable Mention All-MAC last season and led the MAC in scoring with 16.9 points per game and was tied for fifth in three-point FGs per game (2.20) and steals per game (1.77). He became first Rocket to lead MAC in scoring since Harvey Knuckles averaged 22.0 ppg in the 1980-81 campaign.
WMUs Kool led the conference in scoring with 17.8 points per conference game and 16.3 points in all games and was selected to the All-MAC first team last season. He was third in the MAC in free throw shooting last season and is the WMU career leader (.880). In his first two years he has hit 91.3 percent (63-69) of his free throws in the final two minutes and overtime. He was also strong from behind the arc with a .376 percentage, which was 13th in the MAC, and he is 10th all-time at WMU with a .390 clip from behind the arc.
Akrons Linhart is the teams top-returning scorer (8.5 ppg) and was among the leagues top 3-point shooters last season (38.0 percent) and led UA in steals (1.6 spg). While he was the teams fourth-leading scorer, he trailed Jeremiah Wood as its second-best rebounder (4.7 rpg).
BGSUs Miller returns to the Falcons after being selected to the Honorable Mention All-MAC team a year ago. In just over a year-and-a-half, Miller has amassed 719 points for the Falcons. He led last years team in scoring, with 13.6 ppg.
KSUs Fisher, the first returning MAC Player of the Year since 2002 (David Webber - CMU), made a name for himself with his late game heroics towards the end of the season recording a 16.3 ppg average over the final 14 games. The Honorable Mention All-American selection highlights a core group of eight returnees that made up 65.1 percent of the offensive productive from last season. One of three starters returning for 2008-09, Fisher is also the first leading scorer to return for KSU since Trevor Huffman in 2001-02 (13.9 ppg.).
Miamis Bramos was the RedHawks top scorer a season ago, averaging 16.3 ppg, and has big-game potential, amassing 30 or more points four times last season. Bramos, a second-team all-MAC selection, suffered a hand injury early in the MAC Tournament, which hampered him late in the RedHawks tourney run and held him out of Miamis CBI game at Tulsa. Bramos is climbing Miamis career blocked shot chart and several other record charts.
Ohios Tillman was an Honorable Mention All-MAC selection last season after finishing second on the Bobcats in points per game (13.3), rebounds per game (7.6), free throw percentage (76.7) and blocks (15).

Courtesy Mid-American Conference
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