Boise State returns one starter, and among its losses was All-Mountain West first-teamer James Webb III. But the Broncos have recorded 20-victory seasons in five of the past six years.
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Utah State returns four players and will try to mix those with 10 newcomers. But one of the returning players, wing Jalen Moore, led the Aggies in scoring and rebounding last season.
The NCAA granted guard Gian Clavell an extra season of eligibility, giving Colorado State a key player heading into the basketball season. The Rams were picked by the media to finish seventh in the Mountain West.
Findlay Prep forward and ESPN.com five-star recruit P.J. Washington is considering playing basketball at UNLV, Kentucky or North Carolina, his father, Paul, said Thursday morning.
Air Force returns all five starters off last season’s team, which went 14-18, including 5-13 in the conference. The media picked the Falcons to finish ninth in the Mountain West this season.
Allen Edwards replaced Larry Shyatt as Wyoming’s basketball coach. But Edwards, an assistant under Shyatt for the past five seasons, is someone the Cowboys already know well.
As coach Dave Wojcik enters this season, his expectations are considerably higher than that of the media, which picked the Spartans to finish last in the Mountain West.
Guard Uche Ofoegbu became interested in UNLV when basketball coach Marvin Menzies did a soft sell with him. Ofoegbu, a graduate transfer from San Francisco, will be a key piece for the Rebels this season.
UNLV players said preseason practices have been as intense as games. The Rebels go through a form of two-a-days that first-year coach Marvin Menzies modeled after Louisville’s Rick Pitino.
When the call came from UNR basketball coach Eric Musselman about Dave Rice possibly joining his staff, too much made sense, professionally and personally, not to listen.
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