Thursday Thoughts: Mixed Martial Arts Career, 69 Days and Counting

Thursday Thoughts
New Mexico State junior guard Jabari Rice may be a unanimous pick for preseason Player of the Year. Courtesy NMSU Athletics.

Happy Thursday, everyone. Yes, it is a happy day as we are now 69 days away from the 2020-21 college basketball season tipping off. There will be a lot of announcements over the next several weeks. Teams will be scrambling to put together schedules. Questions with regard to Covid-19 issues will be answered. And WAC Hoops Digest will be providing a good deal of content with relation to all of it. 

With that said, let’s get to some Thursday Thoughts that are kind of interesting.

MMA or Basketball?

Tarleton State freshman guard Iyana Dorsey is a dual-sport athlete. And her second sport might surprise some. Dorsey is a talented boxer. Just look at the workout she is putting in on the Tarleton State women’s basketball Twitter page. 

And according to her bio on the Tarleton State Athletics site, Dorsey wants to be a professional mixed martial artist after her basketball career concludes. Not bad for very good basketball player. Dorsey averaged 24.9 points per game at Birdville High School in North Richland Hills, Texas. The new addition to the Texans was also the District 7-A Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. So, you can bet Dorsey knows how to defend herself. 

69 Days and Counting

Yep, we are on a countdown until the beginning of the 2020-21 season. And for good measure, we present the California Baptist women’s basketball Twitter announcement. They tagged WAC Hoops Digest in the post so figure it was right for us to show some love, as well. 

There are still a ton of details to be hashed out. College hoops insider Andy Katz shared key issues that remain to be determined on his Twitter feed.

“Key issues still TBD: 1. What happens to college teams if there are still state quarantine rules for people traveling from hot spots? 2. When will conferences announce a set date for the start of conference play? What happens if a team has to sit 14 days due to contact tracing?”

Final Thursday Thought: Unanimous Pick for Preseason POY?

Yes, it is Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020 so it may seem a bit premature. But, that is why this titled ‘Thursday Thoughts.’ But, could New Mexico State small forward/shooting guard Jabari Rice be a unanimous pick for preseason Player of the Year? Rice was an All-WAC First Team member in 2019-20. During his sophomore season, Rice averaged 12.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists. Rice had a career-high 29 points against Utah Valley on Feb. 15 that included a banked-in three-pointer with .6 seconds to go to give the Aggies a wild 84-82 win. 

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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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