Conference Preview: West Coast Conference
Conference Preview: West Coast Conference

This article is part of our Conference Preview series.

The West Coast Conference is once again expected to be led by the same top-two teams as last year: the Saint Mary's Gaels and Gonzaga Bulldogs. Saint Mary's returns its top five scorers from last year's 29-win squad, but the story is a little different for Gonzaga. Mark Few's team lost standout forwards Kyle Wiltjer and Domantas Sabonis, but the return of Przemek Karnowski, who sat out much of last season with a back injury, will help the Zags fill up the frontcourt. They'll also need to find suitable replacements for guards Eric McClellan and Kyle Dranginis in order to continue their perennial mid-major dominance. BYU again could emerge as a sleeper threat to the two power teams. Pepperdine was supposed to make big strides last year, but fell short and lost many players to transferring, and thus are unlikely to make waves (pun unintended) this season. A team for some consideration this year is Santa Clara, which returns elite scorer Jared Brownridge and an experienced roster, but the Broncos are largely unproven. Below these teams is a huge split in level of competition, and no other teams currently show much of the capabilities needed to usurp the triad of Gonzaga, Saint Mary's, and BYU.

TOP PLAYERS

Emmett Naar (G)
Naar is the latest example of the Australian pipeline Gaels' head coach Randy Bennett has created within the program. He upped his production quite a bit last year, and posted averages of 14.0 points, 6.4 assists, 3.7 rebounds, and 1.3

Want to Read More?
Subscribe to RotoWire to see the full article.

We reserve some of our best content for our paid subscribers. Plus, if you choose to subscribe you can discuss this article with the author and the rest of the RotoWire community.

Get Instant Access To This Article Get Access To This Article
RotoWire Community
Join Our Subscriber-Only College Basketball Chat
Chat with our writers and other RotoWire College Basketball fans for all the pre-game info and in-game banter.
Join The Discussion
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hannah Johnson
Hannah covers NBA and college basketball for RotoWire. In her spare time, she is a personal trainer. She cheers for the Wisconsin Badgers, but will always be an avid Minnesota sports fan.
NCAA Championship Preview: Virginia vs. Texas Tech
NCAA Championship Preview: Virginia vs. Texas Tech
DFS College Basketball: Final Four Preview
DFS College Basketball: Final Four Preview
Final Four Preview: Michigan State vs. Texas Tech
Final Four Preview: Michigan State vs. Texas Tech
Final Four Preview: Virginia vs. Auburn
Final Four Preview: Virginia vs. Auburn