Here's Thursday's Dear Gary ...
Dear Gary: I realize it was international competition, but Patty Mills from St. Mary's put on quite a show vs. all competition (especially the USA) in the Olympics. I noticed he (and St. Mary's) are not really on any of your radars. Any thoughts on Patty and SMC this year?
Any school returning the top three scorers from a 25-win team should be in for good things.
Thus, I expect good things from St. Mary's.
Naturally, I'll pick the Gaels to finish second in the West Coast Conference behind Gonzaga, as would any reasonable person. And though I don't have them in the preseason Top 25 (and one), I do think they'll make the NCAA tournament for the second straight season, which would be a nice achievement.
As for Mills, yeah, he was pretty good in the Olympics, huh?
He averaged 14.2 points and dropped 20 on Team USA to impress Mike Krzyzewski.
"I'm just glad my Duke team doesn't have to play Saint Mary's," Krzyzewski said. "He'll be an NBA guard.”
Someday, I suppose.
But for now he's a St. Mary's guard.
And that's the main reason the Gaels will be a threat to crack the Sweet 16.