WCC Preseason Power Rankings: No. 8, T.J. Wallace, Pacific
Weight: 215 pounds
2014–15 stats: 28 starts, 30.8 minutes, 13.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 40% FG, 33% 3FG
Key quote: “With his size and skill, he’ll dominate games.” ~Pacific coach Ron Verlin
Pacific was picked to finish seventh in the West Coast Conference preseason poll, but you can safely assume that T.J. Wallace brushed right past that ranking. He’s dead-set on helping the Tigers finish in the top three.
With four starters returning, along with significant depth, there’s a good chance that Pacific could spring a surprise in the WCC. Wallace will be the ringleader. This past summer, he re-tooled his jump shot in anticipation of his leading role.
One of his favorite players in Deron Williams, and there is a decided similarity in the way that Wallace uses his 6–3 frame, and syncopation off the bounce, to breeze past defenders. The next step for Wallace will be adding the perimeter dimension that has helped make Williams so dangerous.
“I know the in’s and out’s of how to run this team,” says Wallace, who is part of a seriously talented crop of junior guards in the conference. “T.J. is our team leader,” says Verlin.
The effectiveness of that jumper will likely determine Wallace’s professional career. It will also make him one of the best guards not just in the conference, but the West Coast, and just maybe, the country.