I have wanted to do this for a while, and now that I have the time and the energy to do it, here goes nothing.
About two weeks ago, Ballislife.com tweeted out a simple picture with a bunch of fall-of-fame caliber players listed and a dollar value next to their name. The rules are simple: you have 15 dollars to make an all-star lineup. Here is the original tweet, just so you have some reference:
This gave me inspiration to do this with this year’s crop of WCC players. Using the same guidelines, I listed five WCC players at each position, ranking them by how much they are worth. I tried to represent all 10 teams equally and rank as fair as possible.
This is what I came up with:
|($5) Kevin Pangos - Gonzaga||($5) Jared Brownridge - Santa Clara||($5) Tyler Haws - BYU||($5) Stacy Davis- Pepperdine||($5) Brad Waldow - Saint Mary's|
|($4) Kyle Collinsworth - BYU||($4) Gary Bell Jr. - Gonzaga||($4) Kevin Bailey - Portland||($4) Mark Tollefsen - USF||($4) Przemek Karnowski - Gonzaga|
|($3) Christopher Anderson - San Diego||($3) Evan Payne - LMU||($3) Matt Glover - USF||($3) Garrett Jackson - Saint Mary's||($3) Thomas van der Mars - Portland |
|($2) Chase Flint - LMU||($2) Anson Winder - BYU||($2) Duda Sanadze - San Diego||($2) Nate Kratch - Santa Clara||($2) Jito Kok - San Diego|
|($1) David Taylor - Pacific||($1) Tim Derksen - USF||($1) Atif Russell - Pepperdine||($1) Gabriel Aguirre - Pacific||($1) Yannick Atanga - Santa Clara|
What would your team look like? Let me know, either by commenting below, mentioning me on twitter (@westcoastconvo) or on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/westcoastconvo)
Just for fun, here is who I would choose on my roster:
Point Guard: Kyle Collinsworth
I want my point guard to be my do-it-all guy. And that’s exactly what Collinworth can do.
With Collinsworth innate ability to score in the paint and distribute, he is my choice as a point guard.
This is all assuming he is completely healthy.
Shooting Guard: Anson Winder
Anson Winder does a lot of nice things on the floor, giving this lineup yet another slasher.
While his offensive ability is somewhat limited, Winder will provide a defensive presence to this team.
Small Forward: Matt Glover
Matt Glover is the glue-guy on my squad.
Glover is a point guard in a small forwards body. His unselfish demeanor on the basketball court would make him a “point forward” in my offense. Glover also will hit the glass hard with his wide frame.
Power Forward: Nate Kratch
I prefer my four to stretch the floor with an outside game. I did not have the money to afford San Francisco’s Mark Tollefsen, so I settled with Kratch.
Kratch has great range out to the 3-point line, making him an unique weapon in my lineup.
Center: Przemek Karnowski
Finally, I want my center to anchor the defense and provide a presence in the paint. Gonzaga’s Przemek Karnowski is my man.
At 7-foot-1, Karnowski has elite size. Last season, his defense improved as the season progressed and showed he had the ability to anchor a defense. With an improving offensive game, Karnowski would be one of the centerpieces of my starting five.
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