My Big West ballot

With the story on the Big West preseason poll in today’s edition, I thought I’d  offer up my ballot for inspection to those curious. (I won’t be doing this for my general election ballot.)

First, here’s what the actual preseason poll/player team was.

2012-13 Big West Preseason Media Poll
1.   Long Beach State (13) -194 points
2.   Cal State Fullerton (6) – 164
3.   UC Irvine (1) – 153
4.   Hawaii  – 132
5.   UC Santa Barbara  – 129
6.   Pacific (1) – 113
7.   Cal Poly – 100
8.   Cal State Northridge – 83
9.   UC Davis – 44
10. UC Riverside – 43
( ) First-place votes

Preseason Media All-Conference Team
James Ennis, G/F, Sr, Long Beach State
Stephan Hicks, G/F, So, Cal State Northridge
Vander Joaquim, C, Sr, Hawai’i
D. J. Seeley, G, Sr., Cal State Fullerton
Kwame Vaughn, G, Sr., Cal State Fullerton
Michael Wilder, F/G, Sr., UC Irvine

And here’s how I voted. Yes, voting for six players on the all-preseason team, without a preseason player of the year, is as strange as it sounds. The Big West has a set list of pre-approved candidates to choose from; Vander was the only UH player on that list whereas every other school had two or three. I might have been tempted to vote Christian Standhardinger in, too.

1. Long Beach State
2. Cal State Fullerton
3. Hawaii
4. UC Irvine
5. Pacific
6. UC Santa Barbara
7. Cal Poly
8. Cal State Northridge
9. UC Davis
10. UC Riverside

D.J. Seeley, Cal State Fullerton
Kwame Vaughn, Cal State Fullerton
Vander Joaquim, Hawaii
James Ennis, Long Beach State
Michael Caffey, Long Beach State
Michael Wilder, UC Irvine

There’s room for plenty of movement around the middle of the pack. Pacific and UC Irvine return the most from last season, so don’t be surprised if those teams hurdle up a few spots.


  1. K-Bay October 26, 2012 9:13 pm

    CONSISTENT with the Final Poll Tally —

    I would’ve also had Hawai’i Up One into the Top Three…

    But i’m O.K. with them Proving It First…

    Aren’t Big West Coaches Challenged to Vote like the WAC?
    Woulda been good to see their input as well…


    Thought it was BRILLIANT of Coach Gib to Grab Home Court Familiarity and Advantage on Molokai This Weekend and Minimize the RISK of being Added to Chaminade’s D-1 Upset Legacy…

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