This article is part of our Conference Preview series.
In a just world, Gonzaga would be playing against Pac-12 competition year after year. The Zags have dominated the WCC for long enough that they deserve a promotion. What if we swapped places with Washington State? The Cougars would probably find more success in the WCC than they ever have in their current conference. Everybody wins! Especially people like me who'd like to see Gonzaga play Arizona, Oregon and UCLA twice a year. Sadly, these things don't just happen.
That is not to say that the Bulldogs will waltz their way to the WCC regular season or tournament championship. BYU will take St. Mary's place as the main contender. These Cougars welcome back forward Yoeli Childs and guard TJ Haws as well as Nick Emery, who left school in November. BYU is talented and experienced, but it has to do something exceptional to keep Gonzaga from winning its seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament autobid.
Center: Aaron Menzies, St. Mary's Gaels
Center was once a position of strength for the WCC with players such as Jock Landale, Przemek Karnowski, Zach Collins and Brad Waldow manning the post in recent years. There are no standout candidates in 2018-19, but the 7-3 Menzies could be a player to watch. He has spent the last three seasons at Seattle and provided 11.3 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.3 blocks for the Redhawks last year. The Gaels under coach Randy Bennett have generally fed the post a great deal, so Menzies as a senior should be able