UT Arlington had their annual Maverick Hoops Media Day to kick off this 2016-2017 season at the College Park Center. In addition to both teams and head coaches present they were accompanied by the UTA Cheer and Dance with mascot, Blaze. Both head coaches talked about the preparation for the season and opinions on the preseason rankings. The start of the season sparks the highly anticipated return of Projected Player of the Year, Kevin Hervey. The junior forward was ranked among the nation’s best players 18 points and 9 rebounds prior to a season-ending knee injury.