For all you WAC Hoops fans out there, let me be there first to apologize for the lack of content over the past four months. Following March Madness, I decided to take a breather, go camping with the family, play some softball, and watch my beloved Cubs be dismantled at the trade deadline.
Along with that being said, I have been working on a new title for the podcast, looking into live streaming after being on the Partin Me Alex podcast with two big-time SFA fans and more. All this while working 45 hours per week at a full-time job. Just wild time. And as I sit here on this Friday, work all caught up, I figured I would drop a short article highlighting some news from the day around the WAC.
Aggies Add to Already Deep Roster
New Mexico State is my favorite to win the 2021-22 version of the WAC. When Johnny McCants, Clayton Henry and Donnie Tillman announced they were coming back, it made the choice easy. Add in Teddy Allen a.k.a Teddy Buckets according to his coach, and the Aggies are loaded. Jabari Rice returns. Just a lot of experience and the opportunity to play at home in the Pan Am Center where the Aggies didn’t play a game a season ago.
Now, on Friday, it was announced that Coppin State transfer Yuat Alok is joining the Aggies. Alok spurned offers from Clemson, Penn State and BYU.
Yuat Alok will transfer to New Mexico State #Aggieup ?⚪️⚫️
Akok averaged 9.5 points, 5.9 rebounds while shooting 56% from the field last year at Coppin State.
He also made the 1st All-MEAC Tournament team.
He chose the Aggies over Clemson, Penn State, BYU, George Mason pic.twitter.com/ooP9q2nOq0
— Tobias Bass (@tobias_bass) July 30, 2021
The Aggies also added JUCO transfer Marseilles Caston to the roster. A quick guard that can score, Caston averaged 15.3 points while shooting 39% from 3-point range at Northwest Florida State College.
Depth, size, and a huge chip are what WAC teams can expect to face when they face New Mexico State in 2021-22.
Midtgaard Gets Summer League Invite
Asbjørn Midtgaard had a stellar season for GCU in his lone year in the desert. Midtgaard shot 70 percent from the floor, was a menace in the paint and helped lead the Lopes to their first-ever WAC tournament title and NCAA Tournament appearance. And now, the 7-footer from Denmark gets his shot to prove he belongs in the NBA.
— GCU Men's Basketball (@GCU_MBB) July 30, 2021
Midtgaard had a really good showing in a workout for the Orlando Magic and thus the invite. Pretty good for the former Wichita State transfer who didn’t have a single double-digit scoring game in his collegiate career until coming to GCU.
Schedules continue to come out. On Thursday, CBU announced it will play at Pac-12 foe Arizona on Dec. 18. Friday, Washington State announced its full schedule and will play both Seattle and New Mexico State in Pullman. UTRGV will host the Battle on the Beach at South Padre Island. The Vaqueros will play Northern Arizona while Texas Tech will play Incarnate Word on Nov. 20.
We already know Tarleton State is at Kansas, at Wichita State, and at Michigan in three of its first four games. The Texans are also going to Gonzaga, as well. The Billy Gillispie-era is in full effect. GCU will play San Francisco in the Jerry Colangelo Classic on Dec. 18. UVU and New Mexico State are both in multi-team events in the non-conference slate. And it was announced today that Chicago State will play at Illinois as part of its non-conference slate. There is so much more to come and so much more that has already been discussed with the schedules.
We will keep you updated at WAC Hoops Digest. As August is upon us, stick with us. We are going to be dishing out a ton of content over the next few weeks and looking forward to every moment of it.