PHILADELPHIA, PA (10/14/03) - Saint Joseph's senior Jameer Nelson added yet another preseason honor to his expanding list as he was named a preseason first-team All-American by The Sporting News. The 5-11 point guard, who is a candidate for National Player of the Year honors, has earned first-team status in all of the major publications which have been announced thus far. Nelson, an All-Atlantic 10 first-team pick in 2002-03, garnered first-team honors from Basketball News. He is the Atlantic 10's leading returning scorer (19.7 ppg) and enters his senior season with a chance to break the school record for career points. He currently has 1,435 points, 550 points behind current record holder Bernard Blunt (1,985; 1990-95). As a junior, Nelson scored 591 points, which ranks as the fifth highest season total in school history. He is also 38 assists shy of becoming the school's all-time leader. In addition to The Sporting News, Nelson has been named a preseason first team All-America selection by The John R. Wooden Award; Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook; Lindy's College Basketball; Athlon Sports College Basketball; Street & Smith's College Basketball; and Basketball News. Nelson and the Hawks begin preparations for the season on Friday evening, October 17, with the annual "Midnight Madness" at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse, and the first day of practice beginning on October 18. Saint Joseph's opens the 2003-04 season with a nationally-televised game (ESPN2) against Gonzaga in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on November 14 at Madison Square Garden.