The Top 25 Players On Opposing Mountain West Teams To Watch Out For In Non-Conference Play

The Top 25 Players On Opposing Mountain West Teams To Watch Out For In Non-Conference Play

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The Top 25 Players On Opposing Mountain West Teams To Watch Out For In Non-Conference Play

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No. 25

Chris Smith, Jr. G UCLA (6-9 215)

Jersey Number to Look For: 5

18-19 Stats: 6.3 PPG 3.7 RPG 1.3 APG (33 GMS)

Smith is a big guard who can drive past guys with his athleticism and finish over smaller defenders. He is only the third leading scorer returning from last year’s team but is the only UCLA player on preseason mock drafts at this point and impressed in a blue-gold showcase held this past week, leading all scorers with 16 points in a 47-27 win on the Blue team over Bold. UCLA has a fresh start this year and look for Smith to be at the front of the charge.

When to Watch: UNLV (Nov. 15th), San Jose State (Dec. 1st)

No. 24

Eden Ewing, Sr. F Texas Southern (6-8 220)

Jersey Number to Look For: 2

18-19 Stats: 9.3 PPG 7.0 RPG 1.2 APG  (29 GMS)

The former Boilermaker and top ten junior college prospect found a rhythm last season for the Tigers. The preseason First team All-SWAC selected forward posted double figures in sixteen games last season and grabbed 10+ rebounds in eight games. He and former UMASS forward Chris Baldwin should be a dynamic tandem down low this season.

When to Watch: San Diego State (Nov. 5th), Nevada (Dec. 18th)

No. 23

Both Gach, So. G Utah (6-6 185)

Jersey Number to Look For: 11

18-19 Stats: 7.7 PPG 2.1 RPG 2.1APG (30 GMS)

Besides having a great name the sophomore guard brings great bounce to the court as well. Gach returns with fellow sophomore Timmy Allen to lead a Utes roster that was ravaged by graduation and transfers. They are backed up by a solid freshman class but will be counted on this season to lead a youthful group in Utah to another top three finish as last year. Gach’s best performance came in Rupp Arena in December of last year against the Wildcats where he dropped 22 points and lead his team in scoring.

When to Watch: Nevada (Nov. 5th), San Diego State (Dec. 21st)

No. 22

Alessandro Lever, Jr. F Grand Canyon (6-10 225)

Jersey Number to Look For: 25

18-19 Stats: 12.5 PPG  4.3RPG 1.4A APG (34 GMS)

If there was a word for the Italian big man’s production last season, it would be consistent. Lever didn’t see a jump in his numbers last year with a lot more fire power coming into the Antelope’s program. He did have a decent game against a tournament caliber Nevada squad and may be counted on a bit more this year in the post with Michael Finke’s graduation. 

When to Watch: San Diego State (Nov. 13th), New Mexico (Dec. 17th)

No. 21

Prince Ali, Sr. G UCLA (6-4 195)

Jersey Number to Look For: 23

18-19 Stats: 9.6 PPG 1.5 APG 1.3 SPG (26 GMS)

Ali is the Bruin’s leading returning scorer from last season and needs to have a monster senior season for first year head coach Mick Cronin. He does return some fellow scorers but the Bruins’ roster as a whole is a bit of a mystery going into the season with guys coming off of redshirts and a couple of freshmen joining an already young roster. Ali, Armani Dodson and Alex Olesinski should be counted heavily early on to lead a young team. 

When to Watch: UNLV (Nov. 15th), San Jose State (Dec. 1st)

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