DENVER – In a vote of the Western Athletic Conference men’s basketball head coaches, Seattle University has been picked to finish third during the 2018-19 season, while redshirt junior guard Matej Kavas has been named to the Preseason All-WAC First Team.
The Redhawks earned 45 points and edged out fourth-place pick, Utah Valley, who earned 43 points in the coaches voting. Reigning WAC champion New Mexico State is the 2018-19 preseason favorite, earning 63 points and seven first-place votes. Grand Canyon followed with 58 points and two first-place votes.
In the simultaneously released WAC media poll, Seattle U was selected to finish fourth (150 points) behind preseason media favorite New Mexico State (214 points), Grand Canyon (180 points) and Utah Valley (162 points).
Kavas, a Ljubljana, Slovenia native, was a preseason All-WAC First Team selection by both the league’s nine head coaches and the WAC media. The 6-8 guard was the Redhawks’ leading scorer in 2017-18, averaging 15.2 points per game. He also averaged 5.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists, led the team in scoring 11 times and scored 20 points or more nine times. Kavas led the WAC with 91 three-pointers and finished the year ranked eighth in the nation, hitting 46.4 percent from beyond the arc.
Under the direction of Head Coach Jim Hayford, who enters his 20th season as a head coach and second at Seattle U, the Redhawks enter 2018-19 coming off of the most successful Division I season in more than 50 years. In 2017-18, the Redhawks finished 20-14, including 8-6 in WAC play, good for fourth place. They advanced to the semifinals of the WAC Tournament and hosted a College Basketball Invitational (CBI) first-round game.
Seattle U opens the 2018-19 season on Thursday, Nov. 6 at Stanford. The Redhawks’ home opener is slated for Thursday, Nov. 8 versus Puget Sound.
Season tickets for the Redhawks’ complete 19-game home slate are also still available with prices starting as low as $150 per seat. Also available for purchase now are mini-plan options as well as single-game tickets for non-conference games.
Click here for more information and to reserve your seats today, or contact the SU Athletics Ticket office at 206-398-4678.