By Greg Crawford, basketball insider @wchoops and @crawssportsbiz
For the record, I love NWAACC basketball. And for the record, because of my heavy schedule of covering D-1 basketball for CSNNW.com, I do not get to see all the teams sadly. But with my many sources around the league and my homework, I have a pretty good idea of what is going on. These will not be perfect, well on second thought maybe they will be, but I am always glad to hear from people who disagree, but be respectful, or else I will not read your email. firstname.lastname@example.org. These will be out every Tuesday, enjoy please. I always do things in 9s so get use to it.
9. Treasure Valley (7-4)---Big test comes on January 8th when Columbia Basin visits, coming in winning five of their last six.
8. Spokane (9-4)----Powerful scoring team, 88.6 ppg and also carrying the confidence over from last year's third place finish in the NWAACC tournament.
7. Pierce (7-3)---Playing some of the best basketball in the NWAACC right now, with four wins heading into western region league play starting Saturday.
6. Whatcom (7-3)----Kyle Impero having a banner year so far, averaging 24.2 ppg, 5.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. Impressive player so far in 2013.
5. Highline (9-2)----Have five players averaging in double figures and seven players who score seven points or more per game. Balance scoring is tough to beat on any basketball team.
4. Big Bend (11-3)---Running Viks are off and running with a scoring average of 98.5 ppg. Two NWAACC losses have been too Highline and Clark. Impressive start.
3. Southwestern Oregon (11-3)----Enter southern region play winning five of six, big test coming up this Saturday, when they come to Mt. Hood.
2. Mt Hood (11-2)-----Had won 10 games in a row until a very tough loss last Saturday at Clark in double overtime, 95-89. Scary team who seems to be gaining confidence by the game.
1. Clark (8-1)----It is hard to dispute the Penguins being number one. Led by Sean Prince, 22.9 ppg, 7.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists and Colin Spickerman 20.4 ppg and 10 rebounds, the Penguins are powerful and have many options.
Greg Crawford is the college basketball, golf and sports business insider for CSNNW.com, where he breaks many stories nationally. You can read more of Greg at www.csnnw.com/blog/crawfords-court and you can also watch him on TV every week as a regular panelist on Talkin' Ducks basketball on Comcast SportsNet which debuts January 6th at 8:00 pm. Greg is also famous for his NBA Draft evaluations, which are talked about around the entire basketball world.