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WCC Basketball: 2024 conference tournament preview and predictions

Feb 3, 2024; Spokane, Washington, USA; St. Mary's Gaels guard Augustas Marciulionis (3) controls the
Feb 3, 2024; Spokane, Washington, USA; St. Mary's Gaels guard Augustas Marciulionis (3) controls the / James Snook-USA TODAY Sports
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Key Players

There are important players all around this league, but here are a few special WCC playmakers that will look to make an impact in Nevada.

Adama Bal – Santa Clara

A 6’6 guard from France, Bal was little more than a bench piece the last two seasons at Arizona but has found quite a role with Santa Clara. He’s averaging 14.5 points and 3.1 assists per game with decent shooting numbers across the board. He’s been a major force for the Broncos and played well with 17 points in their upset over Gonzaga nearly two months ago.

Graham Ike – Gonzaga

Ike developed into a star as a sophomore at Wyoming but was forced to miss all of last season with injuries. He transferred to Gonzaga in the offseason and has become a focal point for the Bulldogs, averaging 16.9 points and 7.3 rebounds. Not only does he lead Gonzaga in both those categories, but the 6’9 forward has scored at least 20 points in the last seven games, including in those big wins at Kentucky and Saint Mary’s.

Augustas Marciulionis – Saint Mary’s

A talented junior guard from Lithuania, Marciulionis has taken quite the step forward in his third collegiate season. He was recently named WCC Player of the Year after averaging 12.4 points and 5.1 assists per game while leading the Gaels to the regular season title. Marciulionis has had multiple double-doubles in the last two weeks and has been a big reason for Saint Mary’s hot streak with his leadership and smart play.

Jonathan Mogbo – San Francisco

Now at his fourth college in four years, Mogbo was a solid contributor at Missouri State before coming to the Dons this season. San Francisco’s key forward, Mogbo averages 14.7 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game. Obviously, he’s been a double-double machine, with 30 points and 18 rebounds a few months ago at Pacific, while leading the WCC in rebounds, steals, and field goal percentage.