Defending Sun Belt Conference champion UALR was picked fifth in the West Division in the preseason coaches' poll released on Wednesday.
UALR is in a major rebuilding mode this season due to graduations and injuries. Florida Atlantic and Arkansas State were preseason favorites to win the two divisions.
UALR point guard D'Andre Williams, who is currently not practicing due to injury, was named preseason third team all-Sun Belt.
UALR has a closed scrimmage against Ole Miss this weekend. UALR will also play a closed scrimmage against Stephen F. Austin in November.