By Ken Cross
Grand Canyon University, in it’s first year of WAC and NCAA Tournament eligibility after it’s four-year transition to Division-1 is a the pick to win the 2017-18 WAC basketball title, per the eight head coaches who could not vote for their respective teams. Antelopes’ guard Josh Braun has garnered WAC preseason Player of the Year honors as well.
“We’ve been right in the conversation every year,” Antelopes coach Dan Majerle told www.gculopes.com, “Being eligible, having Josh (Braun) back and the newcomers we have and the guys returning, I think it’s safe to say that we are one of the favorites, if not the favorite.”
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Braun was first team all-WAC for the second straight season a year ago and then led the conference in three-pointers made while being in the top 10 in free throw percentage, three-point percentage, and minutes played.
Grand Canyon finished last season at 22-9 and was 11-3 in WAC play as the Antelopes have finished no lower in the standings than third in the four years they have played a WAC schedule.
The Antelopes received six first place votes while New Mexico State and Utah Valley State garnered one each.
WAC order of finish as picked by the coaches:
1) Grand Canyon
2) New Mexico State
3) Cal Bakersfield
4) Utah Valley State
5) Seattle U.
6) UT Rio Grande Valley
7) Kansas City
8) Chicago State