Posted on October 30, 2022
Publisher’s Note: Beginning with the 2022-23 season, SuperWest Sports will be covering men’s college basketball for three conferences.
Dane Miller will produce Previews and Power Rankings for the Pac-12, Nick Bartlett will do the same for the West Coast Conference, Matt Wadleigh will keep tabs on the Mountain West, and Stephen Vilardo will provide a regional and national overview.
We conclude our introductory preseason coverage with Nick’s Preseason All-West Coast Conference First, Second, and Third teams.
Drew Timme | Senior Forward | Gonzaga
Drew Timme’s the perfect college player.
He’s smart, strong, and probably has the best footwork in the country.
Combine that with his ability to hit a 15-footer, a floater, and use both hands, and Gonzaga should be ready to go this year.
The one knock on Timme is his lack of athleticism, but he makes up for it with other cards. He’ll not only be a First Team selection in the WCC, but he’ll also likely earn the same honors nationally.
Julian Strawther | Junior Guard | Gonzaga
Julian Strawther’s a menace offensively.
Strawther’s best tool is his three-point shot, but he’s athletic enough to expose defenders when they cheat up.
If he makes another leap as he did in between his Freshman and Sophomore seasons, he could prove a household name by year’s end.
He also can hold his own on the defensive side of the floor, breaking the classic shooters mantra. He’ll likely be selected in the upcoming NBA Draft.
Rasir Bolton | Senior Guard | Gonzaga
Rasir Bolton is an extremely efficient player.
Last season Bolton shot 50 percent from the field, 46 from beyond the arc, and 82 percent from the line. But don’t confuse efficiency with boring, he’s got a little marjoram in his style.
The one question is how he’ll be used this year, maybe in more of a ball-dominant role with the departure of Andrew Nembhard.
Regardless, GU’s in a much better place with his return to campus.
Khalil Shabazz | Grad Guard | San Francisco
Khalil Shabazz is a phenomenal basketball player, but he does need to improve his consistency. Last season Shabazz shot 38 percent from the field and 34 from beyond the arc.
With that being stated, there’s something about his game that just works.
He has a high level of confidence which could stem from his high school days at Rainier Beach. (Seattle). His scoring and playmaking are huge assets for San Francisco.
Fousseyni Traore | Sophomore Forward | BYU
Fousseyni Traore earned his spot on the first team because of his potential upside.
Traore had a solid Freshman campaign averaging 9.5 PPG, 8.5 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks.
But what separates him is strength. His 6-foot-6, 240-pound frame is a handle for anybody in the WCC.
If he continues to show a willingness to learn he’ll be a fascinating piece for BYU.
Alex Ducas, Senior Guard/Forward, Saint Mary’s
Maxwell Lewis, Sophomore Forward, Pepperdine
Keshawn Justice, Freshman Forward, Santa Clara
Houston Malette, Sophomore Guard, Pepperdine
Tyler Robertson, Junior Guard/Forward, Portland
Logan Johnson, Fifth Year Guard, Saint Mary’s
Malachi Smith, Junior Guard, Gonzaga
Jaiden Delaire, Grad Forward, San Diego
Marcus Williams, Sophomore Guard, San Francisco
Eric Williams Jr., Grad Guard, San Diego
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