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Conference Catch-up: West Coast Conference

  • Best Player: Jesse Wade, Gonzaga
  • Best Potential: Tony Lewis, Santa Clara
  • Best Scorer: Tanner Krebs, Saint Mary’s
  • Best Shooter: Jesse Wade, Gonzaga
  • Best Rebounder: Tony Lewis, Santa Clara
  • Best Passer: Jesse Wade, Gonzaga
  • Best Defender: Bryson Lockley, Santa Clara
  • Best Glue Guy: Kameron Edwards, Pepperdine
  • Best Athlete: Chiir Maker, Portland

1. Gonzaga Bulldogs

Jesse Wade | 6′-1″ | PG | Davis (UT)

The top recruit in Utah, Jesse Wade, signed with Gonzaga during the early signing period. While Wade is currently a standout in the backcourt, it will be awhile before he makes an impact in Spokane, as he’s expected to take a two year LDS mission and join the Bulldogs for the 2017-2018 season. With a good nose for the ball, shooting and passing, Wade has a good all-around skill level and should help when he joins the tema.

2. Saint Mary’s Gaels

Stefan Gonzalez | 6′-2″ | PG | Highland (ID)
Tanner Krebs | 6′-5″ | SG | Australia
Kyle Clark | 6′-7″ | PF | Australia

Two players with experience playing on Australia’s junior national team inked with Saint Mary’s during the early signing period, as both Tanner Krebs and Kyle Clark hail from Tasmania and will provide quality prospects for the Gaels’ going forward. Saint Mary’s once again continues their pipeline into Australia in this class. Clark played in the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship for his home country, and is capable of playing on the perimeter even at his size. Krebs can hit shots with accuracy from perimeter according to his reputation and has good size to play on the wing in the West Coast. Stefan Gonzalez was an all-state pick as a junior in Idaho, and is expected to add depth at both guard positions.

3. Santa Clara Broncos

Matt Hauser | 6′-1″ | PG | Thousand Oaks (CA)
Bryson Lockley | 6′-7″ | SF | Cy-Fair (TX)
Tony Lewis | 6′-9″ | C | Central Catholic (TX)
Henrik Jadersten | 6′-11″ | C | Sweden

Santa Clara loaded up their frontcourt with three new signees among a quartet of newcomers. Lead guard Matt Hauser is the sole non-frontcourt signee in the class for the Broncos, and set school records for 3-point shots made and points scored as a junior. Hauser also starred as a sophomore in Arizona. Two Texans are promising additions for Santa Clara, Bryson Lockley and Tony Lewis. Lockley brings quite a bit of ability to the small forward slot, and averaged a double-double as a junior. Lewis has a huge frame, weighing in at 260 pounds. He went for 14 points and 10 rebounds per game as a junior in the San Antonio-area, and could turn out to be a big fish in Santa Clara’s pond. Up front, the Broncos went overseas to land a true center in Henrik Jadersten. He has experience on Sweden’s U18 and U20 national teams, and follows many international players who have found success in the West Coast in the past.

4. Brigham Young Cougars

Zac Seljaas | 6′-7″ | SF | Bountiful (UT)

Following his older sister’s footsteps, Zac Seljaas will play college hoops at BYU. Seljaas captured a state championships at the 4A level in Utah as a junior, averaging 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists on a 1 loss squad. He has a quality all-around game marked by his ability to score and battle for rebounds. Seljaas was an important in-state addition to the BYU program.

5. Pepperdine Waves

Kameron Edwards | 6′-6″ | SF | Etiwanda (CA)

From one of the legendary programs in SoCal, Kameron Edwards averaged 13.6 points and 7.2 rebounds during his junior season. Edwards will join an extremely young Pepperdine squad when he treks to Malibu, and has the potential to be a really solid combo forward for the Waves. Head coach Marty Wilson remarked on Edwards’ toughness and ability to defend several positions.

6. Portland Pilots

Jazz Johnson | 6′-0″ | PG | Lake Oswego (OR)
Chiir Maker | 6′-7″ | PF | Australia
Colin Russell | 6′-8″ | PF | Folsom (CA)

Portland has a trio of newcomers that head coach Eric Reveno added to the roster during the early signing period. In-state lead guard Jazz Johnson has excelled at three high schools in Oregon, and is considered a scorer who can figure into the Pilots’ plans at both backcourt slots. The Pilots have searched out Northwest prospects to bolster their roster, and Johnson continues that trend. Chiir Maker is originally from South Sudan and starred in Australia in recent years. At 6′-7″ he can play on the wing and has ideal athleticism for the West Coast Conference. He has length and the ability to hit shots that should help the Pilots sooner rather than later. In the paint, Collin Russell has good size at 220 pounds and could be on the rise after averaging 9 points and 7 rebounds as a junior. He gained a nod from Reveno as a standout rebounder.

7. Pacific Tigers

Anthony Townes | 6′-7″ | PF | Modesto Christian (CA)

Pacific struck with a player from a familiar high program, as Anthony Townes inked and will join two former Modesto Christian players on the roster. Head coach Ron Verlin noted he expects Townes to provide rebounding and toughness, which should bolster the Tigers frontcourt as they continue their transition to the West Coast Conference.

8. San Francisco Dons

Cedric Wright | 6′-7″ | SF | Dillard (FL)
Dont’e Reynolds | 6′-7″ | SF | Odessa College (TX)

With a background that includes posting 18 points and 10 rebounds as a junior, Cedric Wright is a valuable addition to the San Francisco program, and one that head coach Rex Walters expects will compete to play in both forward slots. Wright played on a loaded traveling team, the Florida Vipers, on the grassroots circuit. Also originally from the East Coast, Dont’e Reynolds played high school hoops in North Carolina before playing at Chipola JC (FL) as a freshman and Odessa College as a sophomore. Reynolds bring athleticism and a good motor to the program, and will help bolster the front court during his two seasons in the Bay Area.

9. San Diego Toreros

Hunter Summy | 6′-3″ | SG | Carroll (TX)
Alex Floresca | 6′-8″ | PF | Webster Groves (MO)

San Diego scored an important prospect when they added Alex Floresca, a standout from Missouri. He averaged 12 points and 7 rebounds per game as a junior and has ideal size and skills to start at the power forward slot in the West Coast Conference. San Diego also holds a verbal commit from Texas shooting guard Hunter Summy, who scored just over 5 points per game as a high school junior.

10. Loyola Marymount Lions

Adom Jacko  | 6′-8″ | PF | Chaffey JC (CA)

After also tripping to Cal State Fullerton, Adom Jacko elected to continue his college career at Loyola Marymount. Jacko averaged 13.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game as a junior college sophomore, and is sitting out this year before enrolling at Loyola Marymount. He hails from Alta Loma (CA), originally.

About K.J. Hassenstab

K.J. Hassenstab is the publisher of the College Basketball Newcomers Guide book and He founded in 2009, and has contributed to SlamOnline, Dime Magazine's, and, along with other publications in the past. Hassenstab has covered grassroots, high school and basketball recruiting for over a decade. Follow on Twitter, @Hoopniks.

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