Preston Vice was the first Garland athlete to earn a starting position on a college basketball team, and his outstanding guard play resulted in his induction into McMurry College's Athletic Hall of Honor in 1987. As a sophomore, Preston became the leading scorer for McMurry, with an average of 17.7 per game, and was selected for the NAIA All-District first team, an honor which he would duplicate after each of his next two seasons. Following his junior season at McMurry, Preston, who led scoring with an average of 22.9 per game, was named to the NAIA All-America second team and also to the All-Texas College Team. His senior season, when he led McMurry scoring with a 19.1 average, Preston received NAIA All-America honorable mention and again was named to the All-Texas College Team. At Garland High School, Preston became a starter as a sophomore and scored 189 points in 30 games, as the Owls won a bi-district championship in their first Class 4A season. As a junior, Preston scored 562 points in 28 games for an average of 20.1 per game, was named all-district, and received all-state honorable mention. In his senior year, the six-foot guard scored 603 points in 32 games, an average of 18.8, repeated as an all-district selection, and again received all-state honorable mention recognition. His career total of 1,354 points in 90 games, an average of 15 points, set a new record for Owl players. Preston was the Hardin-Simmons University varsity basketball coach in 1976 and 1977, after five years as an assistant.