Kyle Chilton | Posted: 26 Oct 2015 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Collinsworth and Fischer named preseason All-WCC

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – With the 2015-16 basketball campaign just over two weeks away, BYU has been picked to finish second in the West Coast Conference regular season in the annual poll of the WCC’s 10 head coaches. The Cougars received one first-place vote and 73 total points as Gonzaga was picked to finish first with nine first-place votes and 81 points. The poll and the all-conference team were announced Monday at Time Warner Cable Sports studios as part of the Fifth Annual West Coast Conference Basketball Tip-Off event streamed live on 

BYU earned an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament in 2014-15 for the second straight year after turning in a 25-10 record, 13-5 during conference play. The Cougars led the WCC in scoring for the fourth straight season (83.7 ppg), good for second among NCAA Division I leaders. Two Cougar senior guards made the preseason squad: All-American Kyle Collinsworth (13.8 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 6.0 apg) set the NCAA Division I single-season record and tied the career record for most triple-doubles (6), while fellow senior Chase Fischer (13.2 ppg, 41.5 3PFG%) knocked down a WCC-best 103 3-pointers as a junior. 

No. 11 Gonzaga enters the season with its highest USA Today Coaches Poll preseason ranking since 2011-12 (12) and received nine first place votes. The Bulldogs won their 14th regular season title in the last 15 years and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 17th straight year, marching to the second Elite Eight appearance in program history (1999). Along the way the Bulldogs established a program and WCC record with 35 victories. Preseason National Player of the Year and 2014-15 All-American forward Kyle Wiltjer (16.8 ppg, 54.0 FG%, 6.2 rpg), senior center Przemek Karnowski (10.9 ppg, 62.6 FG%, 5.9 rpg) and sophomore forward Domantas Sabonis (9.7 ppg, 66.8 FG%, 7.1 rpg) earned preseason All-WCC honors for Gonzaga. 

Gonzaga was one of just five programs nationally (Duke, Louisville, Notre Dame and North Carolina) to advance both its men’s and women’s programs to the NCAA Sweet-16 in 2015. 

Pepperdine University was picked third in the survey with 62 points after an 18-14, 10-8 WCC campaign en route to its first postseason since 2001-02 (CBI). The Waves are the only team in the WCC to return all five starters, headlined by preseason All-WCC selection senior forward Stacy Davis (15.7 ppg, 7.8 rpg). Saint Mary’s College was picked fourth with 58 points after going 21-10, 13-5 in the WCC last year. The Gaels qualified for their eighth straight postseason berth and qualified for the 2015 NIT Tournament. 

The University of Portland rounded out the top-five with 43 points, six points in front of Santa Clara University’s 37 points. The Pilots advanced to the 2015 CIT Tournament, finishing the year at 17-16. Portland welcomes back All-WCC senior guard Alec Wintering (12.3 ppg, 5.7 assists). The Broncos return preseason All-WCC junior guard Jared Brownridge (15.9 ppg, 43.3 3FG%), who connected on 93 3-pointers last season. 

The University of San Francisco and University of the Pacific tied for seventh place with 32 points apiece in the coaches poll. The Dons will rely on preseason All-WCC selection senior guard Tim Derksen (12.6 ppg, 47.3 FG%). Junior guard T.J. Wallace (13.0 ppg, 2.6 assists) earned preseason honors for the Tigers. The University of San Diego (17 points) and Loyola Marymount University (15 points) round out the preseason poll. 

West Coast Conference play begins on Monday, Dec. 21. For the most up-to-date schedule with game times and TV listings, visit and follow @WCChoops and @TheWtv on Twitter.

The complete preseason poll and all-conference team follow.

2015-16 WCC Preseason Men’s Basketball Coaches Poll

Team (First Place Votes)


1. Gonzaga (9)


2. BYU (1)


3. Pepperdine


4. Saint Mary's


5. Portland


6. Santa Clara


7. Pacific


7. San Francisco


9. San Diego


10. Loyola Marymount


2015-16 All-WCC Preseason Men’s Basketball Team
Name Institution Yr. Pos.
Jared Brownridge Santa Clara Jr. G
Kyle Collinsworth BYU Sr. G
Stacy Davis Pepperdine Sr. F
Tim Derksen San Francisco Sr. G
Chase Fischer BYU Sr. G
Przemek Karnowski Gonzaga Sr. C
Domantas Sabonis Gonzaga So. F
T.J. Wallace Pacific Jr. G
Kyle Wiltjer Gonzaga Sr. F
Alec Wintering Portland Sr. G