SAINT MARY'S

LAST SEASON: 27-6, 14-2 (first in West Coast Conference)

COACH: Randy Bennett, 12th season, 235-118

KEY PLAYERS: Senior guard

Matthew Dellavedova (15.5 points, 6.4 assists), junior guard

Stephen Holt (10.1 points, 4.7 rebounds), sophomore center

Brad Waldow (8.1 points, 4.4 rebounds)

SCOUTING REPORT: Several key players return from last year's squad that won the WCC's regular season and tournament titles and reached the NCAA tournament.

Matthew Dellavedova, the reigning WCC Player of the Year, is back after spending his summer at the Olympics playing for the Australian national team. The Gaels also return starters

Stephen Holt,

Jorden Page and

Brad Waldow. Dellavedova and Holt were named to the preseason All-WCC team. ... Replacing

Rob Jones' production inside is one of the Gaels' biggest objectives. Senior forward

Mitchell Young is expected to join the starting lineup and

Matt Hodgson and

Kyle Rowley will provide depth in the frontcourt.


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... The Gaels were picked to finish third in the WCC behind Gonzaga and BYU... The program is reportedly under investigation by the NCAA for possible recruiting violations but Bennett says he cannot comment on the issue.

-- STEPHANIE HAMMON