Western Washington University is ranked No.9 in the Division II Bulletin 2014-15 Pre-season Top 25 released Tuesday, Oct. 7.
The Vikings return three front line players from last year’s team which finished 20-8 overall, placed second in the GNAC regular-season standings at 13-5, and reached the championship game of the GNAC Tournament. Only upsets in the other two West Region conference tournaments kept them from a chance at winning a third straight West Regional championship.
The trio includes 6-6 forward Jeffrey Parker, who averaged 11.9 points, 6-7 forward Joey Schreiber, who averaged 10.7 points; and 6-7 post-player Anye Turner, who averaged 8.5 points and 7.5 rebounds.
A much anticipated newcomer is 5-10 junior guard Ricardo Maxwell, who sat out last season after being a first-team Northwest Athletic Conference all-star at Edmonds CC.
Three transfers expected to play big roles for coach Tony Dominguez (3rd year, 51-11) are point guard Jaamon Echols, who played at Odessa College following a season at NCAA I Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; guard Kyle Impero, who averaged 28.3 points in earning NAC North Region MVP honors at Whatcom CC; and center Mac Johnson, a first-team NAC South Region all-star and South Region co-Defensive Player of the Year at Mount Hood CC.
WWU won the NCAA II national championship in 2012 and reached the national semifinals in 2013.