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Fresno State

Fresno State Bulldogs

Fresno State is led by new Coach Justin Hutson and one of the Mountain West Conference's best players in Deshon Taylor.  A senior guard, Taylor averaged 17.8 points per game for a Bulldog team has won 21 games last season.  Junior Noah Blackwell and senior Braxton Huggins, who transferred in from Long Beach State and New Mexico State, respectively, will add experience on the perimeter.  The frontcourt returns starter Sam Bittner and promising junior Nate Grimes. Bittner average 5.3 points a game last season while the 6-8 Grimes contributed 4.6 points and 5.4 rebounds in just over a dozen minutes per game.  Junior college transfer Christian Gray and incoming freshman Assane Diouf will add options.

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon Antelopes

Grand Canyon is young to Division I but quickly becoming familiar and formidable after three consecutive seasons of at least 22 victories. Under sixth-year head coach Dan Majerle, GCU’s winning percentage of .717 over the past three seasons ranks 22nd among D-I teams. There is optimism for more success with sophomore center Alessandro Lever, the WAC Preseason Player of the Year, and junior wing stopper Oscar Frayer returning to a lineup that added senior power forward Michael Finke (Illinois transfer) and junior guard Carlos Johnson (Washington transfer). The Lopes have shooters but also can stop 3-pointers, leading the nation last season for opponent 3-point percentage (27.8).

Hawaii

Hawaii Rainbow Warriors

Hawai'i returns three starters and eight letter winners from last year’s squad that went 17-13 overall.  Among the returnees are senior guards Sheriff Drammeh (10.7 points and 3.4 rebounds per game), and Brocke Stepteau (9.5 points, 54% field goal percentage) and sophomore point guard Drew Buggs (8.1 points and 3.6 assists). Drammeh is the team’s top returning scorer and was named the Big West’s Best Hustle Player last season.  The Rainbow Warriors also welcomes the return of senior forward Jack Purchase who was the Big West’s Best Sixth Player. Purchase enters the season ranked ninth at UH in career three-pointers made (122) and attempted (341).  Hawai'i also welcomes five newcomers this year, highlighted by 7-footers Dawson Carper and Owen Hulland and junior college sharpshooter Eddie Stansberry.

La Salle

La Salle Explorers

La Salle starts its first season under new Coach Ashley Howard and is bolstered by the return of Pookie Powell, who was granted a waiver in August by the NCAA to be eligible for competition this year after averaging 16.9 points and 4.3 assists per game in 2017-20 8. The dynamic 6-0 guard scored in double figures 28 times a season ago, including eight 20-plus point efforts. Junior 6-6 guard/forward Isiah Deas averaged 9.5 points and 4.4 rebounds for the Explorers last season with transfer guards Traci Carter (Marquette) and Cheddi Mosely (Boston University) expected to contribute along with 6-10 returning sophomore center Miles Brookins (3.8 points).

Miami

Miami Hurricanes

With three-straight trips to the NCAA and four consecutive 20-wins seasons, Coach Jim Larrañaga’s Miami squad returns five players who averaged at least five points per game last season.  Junior Dewan Huell is the leading returning scorer after averaging 11.4 points and 6.7 rebounds per game last season.  Sophomore Chris Lykes will be the starting point guard after averaging 9.6 points and 2.3 assists in only 21.6 minutes per game last season. Sharpshooters Dejan Vasiljevic and Anthony Lawrence also return. Vasiljevic started 20 games in 2017-2018 as a sophomore and averaged 9.0 points on 41.1% shooting from three-point range. Lawrence was a full-time starting stretch forward and averaged 8.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.4 steals per game while shooting 43.2% from three as a junior. Grad transfer Zach Johnson averaged 16.1 points at Florida Gulf Coast last season where he was an all-league performer.

Northwestern

Northwestern Wildcats

Chris Collins enters his sixth season as the Northwestern coach with a complimentary mix of fresh faces and veteran leadership, as the team welcomes six newcomers with a pair of transfers and four first year players. Starters Vic Law (12.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game) and Dererk Pardon (11.3, 6.7) are set for their final campaign in Evanston.  Pardon was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection in 2017-2018 and set the school single-season record with a 61.9 field goal percentage.  The “fresh faces” feature transfers Ryan Taylor (Evansville) and AJ Turner (Boston College).  Taylor was first team All-Missouri Valley Conference in 2018 and led the league in scoring with 21.3 points per game.  Turner appeared in all 32 games at BC during the 2016-2017 season and led the ACC in assist/turnover ratio (2.91), while averaging 8.0 points per game.  The Wildcats return to campus this season after spending a year at Allstate Arena as Welsh-Ryan Arena underwent a $110 million renovation.

Seton Hall

Seton Hall Pirates

Seton Hall, led by ninth-year head coach Kevin Willard, are a mix of outstanding returners infused by incredibly talented newcomers.  Back from last season’s NCAA Tournament team are Myles Powell, the 2018 BIG EAST Most Improved Player of the Year, and Michael Nzei, who has the best offensive rebounding percentage of any returner in the BIG EAST. Sophomores Sandro Mamukelashvili and Myles Cale will look to take a big leap in their second seasons, and the Pirates gain the services of talented transfers junior Quincy McKnight and sophomore Taurean Thompson, who are both expected to make big impacts. The Pirates have one of the more difficult non-conference schedules in the nation with what could be as many as seven games against the preseason KenPom Top 75.

Utah

Utah Utes

Seton Hall, led by ninth-year head coach Kevin Willard, are a mix of outstanding returners infused by incredibly talented newcomers.  Back from last season’s NCAA Tournament team are Myles Powell, the 2018 BIG EAST Most Improved Player of the Year, and Michael Nzei, who has the best offensive rebounding percentage of any returner in the BIG EAST. Sophomores Sandro Mamukelashvili and Myles Cale will look to take a big leap in their second seasons, and the Pirates gain the services of talented transfers junior Quincy McKnight and sophomore Taurean Thompson, who are both expected to make big impacts. The Pirates have one of the more difficult non-conference schedules in the nation with what could be as many as seven games against the preseason KenPom Top 75.

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