Player of the Week
Stefon Jackson – UTEP
3 Games: 28 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2 apg
Editor's Early Preview (12/15):
Oregon's best hope is to sneak into the Bubble, and a win over a solid Saint Mary's squad could be a major boost to their resume. The Gaels are led by Olympian Patrick Mills, but have better overall talent then you realize. A loss by the Ducks here will just push Ernie Kent a step closer to the chopping block.
Top 10 NBA Draft Prospects
1. Blake Griffin - Oklahoma (1 - last week)
It really says something when consecutive performances of 25 and 6 followed by 19 and 9 is considered a down week.
2. James Harden - Arizona State (2)
In a potential bracketbuster, St. Mary's (3-0) takes on UTEP (2-1). While this is a pre-season tournament game, it is played in Anaheim, which should give the Gaels a distinct home court advantage. Both of these teams have been impressive so far. Although St. Mary's has yet to play an opponent of UTEP's caliber, no one has even come close to knocking them off. They are led by Patrick Mills. Mills, the only college player to represent his country in Beijing, is one of the best point guards in the nation.
Gonzaga University edged Saint Mary's College and the University of San Diego in the 2008-09 WCC men's basketball pre-season poll as selected by the league coaches. The announcement was made at the 2008 WCC Basketball Media Day at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, site of the 2009 WCC Basketball Tournament.
CollegeHoops.net's Preseason Mid-Major All-America Team is dominated by a pair of impressive guards: Stephen Curry and Patrick Mills. Not surprisingly, Curry was a unanimous pick amongst all of our voters for Mid-Major Player of the Year honors. Besides Curry and Mills, other returning 2007-08 Collegehoops.net Mid-Major All-Americans include Lester Hudson (2nd Team last year), Al Fisher (3rd Team), and Ryan Wittman (3rd Team).