West Coast Conference Early Season Notes
by Brad Best
Portland Takes a Beating in Charity Tournament: The Portland Pilots, picked by the WCC Preseason Coaches Poll to finish third in conference, looked anything but impressive in the Lubbock Regional of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer. On Thursday, November 10, they fell to Georgia Southern, 89-75. Sophomore forward Marcus Lewis was the bright spot, leading the Pilots with 21 points and 6 rebounds. In the consolation game on Friday, the Pilots were blown out by San Jose State in an 82-53 rout. At least it was for a good cause.
Morrison Named AP Preseason All-American: Junior forward Adam Morrison is the first-ever preseason AP All-American in men’s basketball history to play for Gonzaga. He was selected fourth in the voting and is the only non-senior on this year’s list. Morrison scored 19 points per game last season while shooting just under 50 percent from the field. He also pulled down 5.5 rebounds and dished out 2.8 assists. Morrison was an honorable mention AP All-American a year ago.