By Kellan King
Pepperdine is one of the up and coming teams in the WCC. They’ve made improvements the past 2 seasons, and are looking to take another step forward this season, and compete with the elites of the WCC.
One of the big questions for the Waves this offseason was whether star guard Colbey Ross would return for his senior season, and we got the answer this week that Ross will in fact return. His return should really boost this Waves team.
Ross averaged 20 ppg and 7 assists and was all WCC last year, and was undoubtedly the leader of the team. But Pepperdine also returns a strong supporting cast. They bring back sharpshooting junior Kessler Edwards, who averaged 13.6 ppg while shooting 44% from downtown and senior guard Skylar Chavez who scored 10 a game shooting almost 40% from 3. In total they return almost 85% of their minutes. If those two can improve along with their other young players, Pepperdine could have a dangerous offensive attack surrounding Ross. They also bring in 3 star recruit Kendall Munson, who had offers from Washington and Washington State. He could add some athleticism to a frontcourt that lacked that last year.
My prediction is that the Waves do take a step forward, with Colbey Ross taking another step forward to become one of the best mid major guards in the country. The supporting cast will improve and help propel the offense to one of the best in the conference. Their defense will still need to improve if they really want to become a complete team though. I think they’ll be competitive, and finish around 4th or 5th in the WCC.