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10-07-2013, 08:09 AM
WCC preview: Itís still Gonzagaís league, but can BYU ascend in the pecking order?

Yahoo ranks the WCC as the 11th best conference this season (not sure how MVC may be better than the WCC after losing Creighton)


Just quoted mostly the info me tioned about Gonzaga but there is much more in the article


If the consensus when BYU entered the WCC was Gonzaga's status as the WCC's premier program was in jeopardy, then the past two seasons have suggested the Cougars' impact may have been a tad overstated.
Not only is BYU 1-4 against Gonzaga with three double-digit losses, the Cougars so far haven't even managed to overtake Saint Mary's as the Zags' top foil.

It's unlikely anyone besides the Zags, Cougars and Gaels will crack the top three in the league, but the teams with the best chance to surprise are probably San Francisco and San Diego. The Dons return all-league forward Cole Dickerson and standout point guard Cody Doolin, while the Torreros boast undersized but high-scoring guards Johnny Dee and Christopher Anderson and shot-blocking specialist Jito Kok.

Gonzaga's backcourt trio of Kevin Pangos, Gary Bell and Gerard Coleman promises to be excellent offensively, but the Zags' hopes of maintaining a stranglehold on the league and making an impact nationally rest on their ability to find a perimeter defensive stopper to replace Mike Hart and some semblance of a front court attack. With WCC player of the year Kelly Olynyk and all-league forward Elias Harris in the NBA, big men Sam Dower and Przemek Karnowski must assume larger roles.


Best shooter: Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga. Since opposing teams frequently had to double Kelly Olynyk in the post last season, that often freed up Gonzaga's perimeter shooters for open looks. The player who benefited most was Pangos, whose 41.7 percent 3-point shooting paced the WCC. Open looks might not be so abundant for Pangos this upcoming season with Olynyk and forward Elias Harris in the NBA, but he's still an elite shooter opposing teams cannot afford to leave free.

Top NBA prospect: Przemek Karnowski, Gonzaga. Believe it or not, the WCC's best NBA prospect logged barely 10 minutes per game last season. Karnowski was buried behind Kelly Olynyk, Elias Harris and Sam Dower in the Gonzaga frontcourt rotation as a freshman, but the 7-foot-1 Poland native still managed to produce 5.4 points and 2.4 rebounds per game in limited minutes. Extrapolate those stats to 25-30 minutes per game and factor in some potential improvement, and Karnowski figures to intrigue NBA scouts sooner than later at his size.

Best backcourt: Choosing between Gonzaga, BYU and San Diego isn't easy, but the slight edge goes to the Zags. Pangos is one of the league's best shooters and steadiest playmakers, Gary Bell Jr. can score off the dribble or from the perimeter and Providence transfer Gerard Coleman is a high-scoring slasher. The only concern is who will defend elite high-major wings the way Mike Hart did last season. If Coleman grows into that role, this is a formidable group.

Best frontcourt: The debate here is between the talent of Gonzaga's starters and the frontcourt depth Saint Mary's possesses. Karnowski and Dower both are capable of breakout seasons after coming off the bench last season, but the Zags have nobody proven behind them, especially until Louisville transfer Angel Nunez gets eligible. Saint Mary's, on the other hand, has three proven frontcourt options to choose from, with rugged 6-foot-9 Brad Waldow, USC transfer Garrett Jackson and stretch forward Beau Levesque.

New coaches: Ron Verlin (Pacific)
Regular-season winner last season: Gonzaga
Tourney winner last season: Gonzaga
League RPI rank in each of past 3 seasons: 2012-13: 10th, 2011-12: 11th ; 2010-11: 14th
NCAA bids the past three seasons: 6 (Gonzaga (3), Saint Mary's (2), BYU)

10-07-2013, 10:27 AM
Regarding Garrett Jackson (Saint Mary's USC transfer): 6-6, 3-star player out of Portland.

SMC may be the league's most intriguing team this season. Not really sure how good they're going to be w/o Delly. This fan was looking forward to seeing Reyes play this year as, if memory serves, GU was briefly interested in him. What was the deal with him? Grades?


10-07-2013, 12:40 PM
Yep; grades.

10-07-2013, 02:36 PM
Mike Hart SAVED us 10 pts last year with his incessant harassment. I wonder if Coleman's defense is sticky. I hope so. One thing we DO know is that we won't have a 6 ft 6 madman on defense. Coleman...I hope helps fill this void. Drew was a "kinda" wildman doing the same stunts as Mike did as the season ended. I hope he keeps it up and it carries forward to the upcoming season.