Gabe Levin returns as LBSU threatens the top in the Big West

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By Ken Cross

The Big West Conference continues to be one of the underrated entities in college basketball, though this season it could draw attention because of the potential competitiveness of the league.

The Long Beach State 49ers look to be in the mix with the return of guard Gabe Levin to a lineup that can challenge UC Irvine and Hawaii for the top.

Levin returns from a knee injury which sidelined him for 20 games a year ago and is the only returning senior on the squad.  The injury came in the final pre-conference game at Eastern Michigan and sidelined him for the entirety of the Big West slate.

As Levin looks over the potential of the squad, he notes that the lack of veterans allows Coach Dan Monson and his staff to build from the talents of the new players which will be part of the changes in the Long Beach State system.

Levin averaged 12.6 points and 6.2 rebounds in 30.1 minutes per game over those 14 games last season.