Preseason All-SBC list includes Eaton, Fields

Arkansas State’s Marquis Eaton (23) drives to the basket during a game against Arkansas-Little Rock last season. Eaton was announced as a preseason second-team All-Sun Belt Conference selection on Wednesday.

JONESBORO — With the 2020-21 season two weeks away, the Sun Belt Conference announced its preseason all-conference men’s basketball team Wednesday, which included Arkansas State guards Marquis Eaton and Caleb Fields.

Eaton was voted second-team All-Sun Belt while Fields was selected as a preseason third-team selection by the league’s coaches. This marks the first time ASU has had two preseason all-conference picks since the 2013-14 season (Brandon Reed and Ed Townsel).

A third-team all-conference selection last season, Eaton was among 14 players nationally to average at least 13.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steals while committing fewer than two turnovers per game. Eaton averaged 16.0 points per game in conference play to rank fifth in the league. He enters his senior season 20 points shy of becoming the 29th player in program history to score 1,000 points.

Fields became the third freshman in program history to log 100 or more assists and the seventh freshman to average double figures. The second-leading scorer on the team, Fields averaged 11.1 points while shooting 38.9 percent from the field. He dished out 110 assists against 59 turnovers while playing 32.5 minutes per game.

ASU is scheduled to open the season Nov. 25 against Jackson State at the Justin Reed Ole Miss Classic in Oxford, Miss. The home opener is scheduled for Dec. 4 against Crowley’s Ridge College.