Queen Throws Down, Piera from Downtown, and Other WAC Hoops Notes

Former New Mexico State star Trevelin Queen’s only bucket in his NBA Summer League debut was pretty fancy. GCU women’s basketball point guard Laura Piera has a cannon of an arm. And, Stephen F. Austin announces the multi-team event it will play in during its non-conference slate.

Queen Elevates

In his first game of the NBA Summer League, NMSU alum Trev Queen had the highlight of the night. Crazy thing is that it was the only points Queen scored in his debut with the Los Angeles Lakers summer league squad. Queen took a steal and threw down a monster one-handed jam that caught the attention of the NMSU faithful as well as the nation.

It’s not the first time we have seen Trevelin Queen put on a show. Remember Senior Night in 2020? Yeah, well here is a reminder. Queen is a human highlight reel. Trev Queen helped NMSU rack up 55 wins during his time in Las Cruces including a 31-1 record in WAC play.

Piera from Way Downtown

It seems that the norm for teams is to practice half court shots these days. For the GCU women’s basketball team, head coach Molly Miller said it will be a good year after watching her starting point guard nail a shot from 3/4-length court. Senior point guard Laura Piera showed off her cannon of an arm with a windmill shot that found nothing but the bottom of the net.

Piera’s shot caught the attention of the men’s team. Especially Gabe McGlothan who witnessed it first-hand as you’ll see in the clip. Piera was a catalyst for the Lopes in 2020-21 as GCU went 18-7 in Molly Miller’s first year as head coach. GCU made it to the WAC tournament title game where it lost to CBU 78-60.

Jacks to Play in Basketball HOF Classic

The Stephen F. Austin men’s basketball team announced it will play Liberty on Dec. 11 as part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth. The Lumberjacks and Flames are part of a six-team event featuring a triple header on Dec. 11.

“We are very excited and grateful to participate again with the Basketball Hall of Fame events”, said SFA men’s basketball head coach Kyle Keller in a press release. “Playing at a neutral site in Fort Worth will give our Metroplex alumni who don’t always get a chance to watch us play in the Sawmill an opportunity to easily support the ‘Jacks against one of the best programs in college basketball. Coach Ritchie McKay again has done a wonderful job since his return to Liberty University winning three-straight Conference Championships. It is a game I know our players will be very excited about competing in.”

The Jacks return three of their top four scorers from last season’s 16-win squad and should compete for a WAC title.



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Kyle McDonald

Love everything about WAC Hoops so decided I wanted to write more about it and cover this amazing conference that just keeps getting better. Follow us on Twitter @wachoopsdigest for information, game analysis and much more.

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