Here are a few things to pay attention to in the Sun Belt as the NCAA basketball season tips off and signing day is around the corner:
Best incoming freshman
SG Derrick Gordon at Western Kentucky
Western Kentucky made it difficult to pick the conference's top incoming freshman considering the outstanding class that the Hilltoppers brought into Bowling Green for the 2011-12 season. George Fant is a homegrown kid who is going to have an outstanding career and should be a crowd favorite from day one, but Gordon gets the slight nod as the Sun Belt's top newcomer. The strong physical shooting guard stood out on a star-studded nationally ranked high school team and had college coaches double-checking their programs as he showed dominant flashes against elite players in head-to-head matchups. He is a high-energy guy who has been well-coached and he loves to compete. He can score the ball, but may have the biggest impact as a freshman defensively because his intensity level is infectious. Western Kentucky got a steal in Gordon and should reap the benefits immediately.