Early Mountain West Basketball Starting Lineup Projections

Early Mountain West Basketball Starting Lineup Projections

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Early Mountain West Basketball Starting Lineup Projections


Early Mountain West Basketball Starting Lineup Projections


A look at the eleven projected Mountain West lineups for the 2018-19 season


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Mountain West basketball lineup projections

We’re about to flip our calendars to September, meaning it’s one month closer to the start of the 2018-19 college basketball season.

To ensure that basketball doesn’t get lost in the cloud of chaos that is the start of college football later this week, we’ve chalked up starting lineup projections for each of the Mountain West teams.

Returning starters are indicated by an asterisk (*). Per game stats are from player’s most recent D-I season.

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Air Force

G Caleb Morris (4.9 PPG/2.3 RPG/0.9 APG)
G Sid Tomes (4.7/1.6/1.2)
G Keaton Van Soelen (3.6/2.8/1.1)
*F Lavelle Scottie (12.2/4.4/1.4)
*F Ryan Swan (9.2/4.5/1.4)

Skinny: Lavelle Scottie will be the heart and soul of Air Force in ’18-19. The only returning double-digit scorer has bulked up over the offseason and will make a major impact with the Falcons. Morris, Tomes and Swan can all shoot a bit from the perimeter, which would spark an ailing offense.

Boise State

G Marcus Dickinson (5.7/2.4/1.4)
G Alex Hobbs (8.7/2.6/2.6)
*G Justinian Jessup (11.6/4.7/1.8)
F Roderick Williams (JUCO transfer)
*C Zach Haney (6.6/5.5/0.7)

Skinny: JUCO transfer Pat Dembley will contend for the starting point guard spot, but an arrest within his first days of arriving in Boise puts his day one status in question. Dickinson and Hobbs will assume bigger roles now that Chandler Hutchison and Lexus Williams have both graduated.

Colorado State

*G Anthony Masinton-Bonner (8.9/2.7/1.3)
G Kris Martin (13.7/3.7/2.1)
*F Deion James (10.4/5.3/1.6)
F Zo Tyson (redshirted last season)
*C Nico Carvacho (9.2/10.3/2.2)

Skinny: Additions of transfer Kris Martin and redshirt Zo Tyson to the lineup have the Rams looking like a sneaky good team in ’18-19. Stars Nico Carvacho and Anthony Masinton-Bonner form one of the best PG/C duos in the league.

Fresno State

*G Deshon Taylor (17.8/3.2/2.6)
G Noah Blackwell (8.1/2.5/1.9)
G Braxton Huggins (13.7/2.6/1.3)
*F Sam Bittner (5.3/2.9/1.6)
C Assane Diouf (two-star freshman)

Skinny: Two impact transfers (Blackwell and Huggins) will quickly penetrate the Fresno State lineup. If 6-6 perimeter shooter Sam Bittner moves to the four-spot, we could see the Bulldogs utilize a one-in, four-out offensive attack. Eligibility of 7-1 Assane Diouf looms large.

New Mexico

G JaQuan Lyle (11.4/3.2/4.6)
G Anthony Mathis (12.7/2.1/1.0)
F Vance Jackson (8.1/3.8/1.4)
F Carlton Bragg (5.2/4.1/0.5)
C Vladimir Pinchuk (3.1/2.5/0.2)

Skinny: As long as Paul Weir is the head coach, New Mexico’s starting five will fluctuate on a nightly basis. This is probably the best bet on the day one starters, though, in which three high-major transfers (Lyle, Jackson, and Bragg) will play significant roles.

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