COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Fresno State (17 first-place votes), the 2013 Mountain West champion, is predicted to win the conference this year, based on a preseason poll released Tuesday. Wyoming (four first-place votes) is predicted to finish second, followed by San Diego State (two), New Mexico, UNLV (two), Utah State, Colorado State, Boise State, San Jose State, Nevada and Air Force. Wyoming junior forward Kayla Woodward is the preseason player of the year. No Boise State players made the leagues preseason team.
Boise State senior forward Kinzi Poteet will miss the year after suffering a season-ending injury during workouts earlier this month.
IDAHO MENS BASKETBALL: The Vandals are picked to finish second by the media and fourth by coaches in the WAC preseason polls released Tuesday. Idaho senior forward Stephen Madison (first-team media/coaches) and junior guard Connor Hill (second-team coaches) earned preseason honors. New Mexico State was a dominant winner in both polls, and Aggies junior guard Daniel Mullings is the consensus preseason player of the year. Seattle and Bakersfield are ahead of Idaho in the coaches poll. The rest of the conference includes Utah Valley, Chicago State, Texas-Pan American, Grand Canyon and Kansas City.
IDAHO WOMENS BASKETBALL: The Vandals are picked to finish second in the WAC behind Seattle, based on media and coaches preseason polls released Tuesday. Seattle senior and reigning WAC player of the year Kacie Sowell was selected as the WAC preseason player of the year, while Idaho is represented on the preseason All-WAC list by junior guard Stacey Barr and senior post Alyssa Charlston.
COLLEGE OF IDAHO WOMENS BASKETBALL: Three players made the Cascade Conferences preseason team senior guards Chakala Carthen, Erica Martinez and Dayna Drager.
NORTHWEST NAZARENE MENS BASKETBALL: The Crusaders are picked to finish eighth in the 10-team GNAC; Seattle Pacific is the preseason favorite.