EKU's Mayo, Gist named to preseason OVC team

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Eastern Kentucky University junior forward Nick Mayo and sophomore guard Asante Gist have been named to the Preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference Team, the league announced on Tuesday from its annual Media Day.

EKU was picked to finish fourth out of 12 teams in a preseason poll of league head coaches and media relations directors.

Mayo was voted first team All-OVC for the second straight year in 2016-17 after finishing the regular season ranked among the OVC's leaders in scoring (fifth / 18.5 points-per-game), rebounding (12th / 6.5 rebounds-per-game), assists (15th / 2.8 assists-per-game), blocks (third / 1.4 blocks-per-game), field goal percentage (12th / 50.4%), three-point field goal percentage (12th / 39.0%) and free throw percentage (14th / 77.4%).

The 6-9 forward from Oakland, Maine scored in double figures in every game last season, and has now scored in double figures in 34 straight games dating back to his freshman season. Mayo is on pace to be EKU's all-time leading scorer after he became the first Colonel ever to reach the 1,000-point plateau as a sophomore.

Gist exploded on the scene in his first season in Richmond. The 5-11 guard from East Orange, New Jersey was voted to the five-man OVC All-Newcomer Team after starting 29 games and ranking 10th in the OVC in scoring (15.9 points-per-game) and ninth in assists (3.8 assists-per-game). He led all freshmen in the league in both categories. He also broke EKU's freshman scoring record with 494 points, which was the sixth-most of any freshman in the country during the regular season.

Gist was one of only seven freshmen in the country to average 15.5-plus points and 3.5-plus assists-per-game during the regular season, joining the likes of Washington's Markelle Fultz, N.C. State's Dennis Smith, Jr. and Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox. He was voted OVC Freshman of the Week seven times, the most of any rookie in the league.

During OVC play, Gist ranked eighth in the league in scoring (17.3 points-per-game) and seventh in assists (3.8 assists-per-game).

He is one of only two underclassmen on the 11-person Preseason All-OVC Team, joining Southeast Missouri sophomore Denzel Mahoney. Every other player is either a senior or a junior.

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