- Joel Francisco
Here are a few things to pay attention to in the Big West as the NCAA basketball season nears and signing day is around the corner:
Best incoming freshman
PG Michael Caffey, Long Beach State
By the time the CIF Southern Section playoffs rolled around, it could be argued that Caffey was the best point guard in California. He has ideal size with long arms, and his athleticism is off the charts. He possesses that highly coveted second gear, allowing him to leave defenders in the dust. He gets to the rim at will and has the savvy to locate open teammates with his pinpoint passing. He needs to continue to smooth out his release on his jump shot, but he is a better shooter than all-conference guard Caspar Ware was as a freshmen.
Long Beach State and UC Irvine are bringing in PGs who will have an instant impact in the Big West, writes Joel Francisco.