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Morning links: Ziggy Ansah's journey from Ghana to NFL chronicled; BYU picked third; Weber St. first in hoops

Sports Illustrated sat down with former BYU Cougar Ziggy Ansah to talk about his journey from Ghana to the NFL in an article in Time.

When asked about his knowledge of American football while in Ghana, Ansah replied, "No, soccer was my sport growing up, and my brother used to play basketball, so I used to go over and watch him play and then I started playing basketball when I was in middle school. I picked it up and then coming to America to study at BYU, I always wanted to play basketball and play in the NBA, so I ended up trying out for the BYU team."

In response to being asked about his first experience with football, he said, "The first time I saw a game was on TV at my friend's house and it went over my head. I didn’t know what the heck he was talking about. He was the one who made me keep watching, and saying you are going to do it. We watched a couple games at home and then my missionary ended up taking me to my first football game at BYU. A home game, I’m not sure who they were playing."


BYU men's basketball picked third in WCC


Jeff Eisenberg of The Dagger on Yahoo Sports projected BYU as the third best team in the West Coast Conference.

He writes, "The chasm between the WCC’s top three and the best of the rest appears to be wider than ever this year. Whereas Gonzaga welcomes an exceptional crop of newcomers, Saint Mary’s returns everyone from a 29-win team and BYU is loaded with young talent, four of the league’s other seven programs changed coaches this past spring."

After breaking down Gonzaga and Saint Mary's he looked at the Cougars, saying, "Sophomore guard Nick Emery is fearless and gifted scorer who should emerge as the centerpiece of BYU’s typically high-octane offense. T.J. Haws is the younger, more heralded brother of former Cougars star Tyler Haws. And Eric Mika returns from his mission eager to anchor the frontcourt and improve on his 2013-14 averages of 11.8 points and 6.4 rebounds."

Eisenberg has Emery on his WCC first-team and Haws as the Conference's freshman of the year.


Weber State projected to win Big Sky


Rob Dauster previewed the upcoming Big Sky conference basketball race for NBC Sports' College Basketball Talk, and he has the Weber State Wildcats as the favorite.

He writes, "while it should be more competitive at the top, the Big Sky title will likely run through Ogden, Utah, again."

He continued, "(Randy) Rahe’s teams tend to thrive when he has a superstar guard on the roster (ask Damian Lillard), and (Jeremy) Senglin should be ready to fill that role. As far as replacing (Joel) Bolomboy is concerned, that’s not going to be possible to do. He was that good. But 6-foot-9 sophomore Zach Braxton showed promise as a freshman, and 6-foot-10 redshirt freshman Jordan Dallas, a former three-star recruit, will be ready to go."

Jay Yeomans is a sports writer for DeseretNews.com. Contact him at jyeomans@deseretdigital.com.