The BYU men’s basketball team is expected to finish second in the West Coast Conference ahead of National Central Gonzaga, according to the league’s annual preseason coaching survey released on Monday.
The Cougars, after a 24-8 campaign in which they climbed to 15th place nationally, received 69 points and a first-place vote in the poll, while the Zags had 81 points and the other top nine. votes.
Cougar senior goalie Alex Barcello has also been named to the All-WCC 10-player preseason squad. He averaged 9.3 points per game last season for BYU, which has plenty of turnover on this year’s roster while adding transfers like Matt Haarms of Purdue and Brandon Averette of UVU.
Saint Mary’s is selected to finish third, with 63 points, while Pepperdine is fourth in the preseason poll.
2020-2021 MCC Men’s Basketball Coaches Survey
1. Gonzaga (9 years old), 81 years old
2. BYU (1), 69
3. Saint Mary’s, 63 years old
4. Pepperdine, 57 years old
5. San Francisco, 52
6. Santa Clara, 38 years old
7. LMU, 33 years old
8. Pacific, 31
9. San Diego, 16
10. Portland, 10 years old
Men’s basketball team of the 2020-2021 preseason
Joel Ayayi, Jr. G, Gonzaga
Alex Barcello, Sr. G, BYU
Jamaree Bouyea, Sr. G, San Francisco
Kessler Edwards, Jr. F, Pepperdine
Corey Kispert, Sr. F, Gonzaga
Colbey Ross, Sr. G, Pepperdine
Eli Scott, Sr. G, LMU
Matthias Tass, Jr. C, Saint Mary’s
Drew Timme, then. F, Gonzaga
Josip Vrankic, Sr. F, Santa Clara