by Brayden Evensen
Even though the Weber State men’s basketball season doesn’t begin until November, don’t tell that to the coaches and players. Fresh off a somewhat disappointing season, which saw the Wildcats fall in the conference tournament to Montana, the team is hungry to prove the doubters wrong.
With fifth year returning senior Michal Kozak and a lot of other solid players, the Wildcats are looking to take the next step as a program. That step is to win the Big Sky Conference Tournament and punch their ticket for the NCAA Tournament. That is something the Wildcats haven’t done in a few years.
Looking back on the past few seasons, it is reasonable to expect the Wildcats to contend for the Big Sky conference championship this season. A couple seasons ago was pretty mediocre for Weber State, as they went 12-20 overall and 8-12 in the Big Sky, followed by a loss in the first round of the Big Sky Conference Tournament to Sacramento State.
Last season was a big improvement for the Wildcats, as they finished tied for second in the Big Sky Regular Season with a 12-3 record, and an overall record of 17-6. Despite the loss to Montana in the Big Sky Conference Tournament, coaches and players are expecting big things from the returning talent and transfers from the offseason.
One of the most notable off-season transfers for Weber State was former Utah State and Marquette guard Koby McEwen. Since McEwen played at Wasatch Academy and Utah State, it made sense for him to look at Utah Schools to continue his playing career. He also wanted “a fresh start”. McEwen averaged 15 points per game in two seasons at Utah State before transferring to Marquette, where he averaged 9.9 points a game in two seasons. With all of the talent and experience that Weber State is bringing back, plus bringing in a player that averaged double figures for much of his college career, it will be a big boost to the overall team.
Although the non-conference schedule is still being finalized, expect Weber State to at least play a few in-state teams this season, such as BYU, Utah or Utah State. The Big Sky portion of the schedule kicks off on December 2nd against Northern Arizona at the Dee Events Center. Weber State fans will soon find out if Wildcats can break through and win the Big Sky Conference. If they do, they could make some noise on a national level at the NCAA Tournament.
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