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Offseason Pac-10 Predictions: Awards

July 23, 2009

Unlike recent years, the Pac-10 will be highlighted by older experienced players such as Cal’s All American guard Jerome Randle. Except Abdul Gaddy and maybe Arizona’s freshman tandem, freshman shouldn’t have as much of an immediate impact as they did in year’s past. The Pac-10 should be especially weak down low with Jeff Pendergraph, Alfred Aboya, Jordan Hill, and Jon Brockman all gone from the paint and with the old gone expect new names to emerge such as Oregon’s high touted big man Michael Dunigan. Also with the Bruin’s losing its starting backcourt from last year to the NBA, watch for super talent Malcolm Lee to get big minutes and rise as Westwood’s newest star. Though things will undoubtedly change before the year starts, here’s my early picks for who will be this year’s best of the Pac-10:

Player of the Year: Jerome Randle, Cal

Freshman of the Year: Abdul Gaddy, Washington

Most Improved Player of the Year: Malcolm Lee, UCLA

Defensive Player of the Year: Michael Dunigan, Oregon

Coach of the Year: Mike Montgomery, Cal

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1st Team All Conference:

Pos.
Name Yr. Ht./Wt. PPG/RPG School

Center

Michael Dunigan

So.

6-10/255

8.4/4.8

Oregon

Forward Klay Thompson So. 6-6/187 12.5/4 Washington St.

Guard

Patrick Christopher

Sr.

6-5/215

14.5/3.8 California
Guard Nic Wise

Sr.

5-10/177 15.7/2.5 Arizona
Guard Jerome Randle Sr. 5-10/160 18.3/3.1 California

2nd Team All Conference:

Pos.
Name Yr. Ht./Wt. PPG/RPG School

Center

Roeland Schaftenaar

Sr.

6-11/240

10.5/3.4

Oregon St.

Forward Quincy Pondexter Sr. 6-6/215 12.1/5.7 Washington

Guard

Malcolm Lee

So.

6-5/180

3.2/1.5

UCLA
Guard Tajuan Porter

Sr.

5-6/150 15.4/2.5 Oregon
Guard Isaiah Thomas So. 5-8/180 15.5/2.9 Washington

3rd Team All Conference:

Pos.
Name Yr. Ht./Wt. PPG/RPG School

Forward

Jamal Boykin

Sr.

6-8/230

9.6/6.5

California

Forward Rihards Kuksis Jr. 6-6/205 10.3/4 Arizona St.

Forward

Landry Fields

Sr.

6-7/210

12.1/6.3

Stanford
Guard Dwight Lewis

Sr.

6-5/215 14.4/3.2 USC
Guard Calvin Haynes Jr. 6-2/185 13/3.1 Oregon St.

Honorable Mention:
C: DeAngelo Casto, WSU

F: Jamelle Horne, ARIZ; Theo Robertson, CAL; Leonard Washington, USC; Nikola Dragovic, UCLA

G: Derek Glasser, ASU; Seth Tarver, OSU; Jeremy Green, STAN; Jerime Anderson, UCLA; Venoy Overton, UW

1st Team All Freshman:

Pos. Name Ht./Wt. School

Center

Kyryl Natyazhko 6-10/250

Arizona

Forward

Tyler Honeycutt 6-7/185

UCLA

Forward Solomon Hill 6-6/195 Arizona
Guard Roberto Nelson 6-4/190 Oregon St.
Guard Abdul Gaddy 6-3/170 Washington

2nd Team All Freshman:

Pos. Name Ht./Wt. School

Forward

Brendan Lane 6-9/200

UCLA

Forward

Victor Rudd 6-8/200

Arizona St.

Forward Jamil Wilson 6-7/211 Oregon
Guard Jared Cunningham 6-3/170 Oregon St.
Guard Xavier Thames 6-3/177 Washington St.

Offseason Pac-10 Predictions: 10-6

July 13, 2009

Recruits have signed their letters,  players have enrolled in summer school, school’s have their coaching vacancies filled- all meaning only one thing: the 2009-2010 college basketball season is fast arriving. I know its a long time until the season starts, but here are my off season predictions of how things will go down this year.

10. Stanford

Bottom Line: With three of the teams top scorers gone and little talent returning this year, Cardinal country should be in for a very long agonizing season. Dawkins ‘s team will struggle immensely and expect the  season to end with Stanford fans angry and calling for Dawkins’s head.

Projected starting lineup:
F- Josh Owens Jr. 6-8/215 (6.9 ppg)
F- Andy Brown Fr. 6-8/200 (13 ppg)*
G/F- Landry Fields Sr. 6-7/210 (12.1 ppg)
G- Jeremy Green So. 6-4/190 (6.4 ppg)
G- Drew Shiller Sr. 6-0/170 (2.5 ppg)

Key losses: Anthony Brown (16.2 ppg), Lawrence Hill (13.6 ppg), Mitch Johnson (6.6 ppg)

Recruits: Andy Brown (Rivals: NR/ Scout: NR)

Keys to Success: Dawkins needs to develop his young players and create a strong recruiting base while relying on Landry Fields and Jeremy Green to carry the team to be at least somewhat competitive for this year .

Postseason: No chance

9. Washington St.

Bottom Line: With a newly hired coach and much of last years  core gone,  ’09/’10 will be a year of struggle and rebuilding for Wassu. As a historically mediocre basketball school, Ken Bone will have his work cut out for him trying to bring the program back to what it was with Tony Bennett and this year should be just the beginning.

Projected starting lineup:
F- DeAngelo Casto So. 6-8/229 (4.4 ppg)
G/F- Nikola Koprivica Sr. 6-6/216 (3.2 ppg)
G/F- Klay Thompson So. 6-6/187 (12.5 ppg)
G- Marcus Capers So. 6-4/172 (1.7 ppg)
G- Xavier Thames Fr. 6-3/177 (20.1 ppg)*

Key losses: Taylor Rochestie (13.2 ppg), Aron Baynes (12.7 ppg), Caleb Forrest (6.7 ppg), Daven Harmeling (3.8 ppg)

Recruits: Xavier Thames (Rivals: 106/Scout: #25 PG), Reggie Moore (Rivals: NR/Scout: NR), Anthony Brown (Rivals: NR/Scout: NR)

Keys to success: Though the team is young and mostly inexperienced expect super sophomore Klay Thompson to hit the national scene as he carries the Cougars through the season.

Postseason: No chance

8. USC

Bottom Line: Despite the disastrous off season, with Dwight Lewis and Leonard Washington returning and a coach that wont let things get worse then they already are, expect the Trojans to be more competitive then many think . The real struggles for USC begin next year when things aren’t as remnant as they this year.

Projected starting lineup:
F- Alex Stepheson Jr. 6-9/235 (4.3 ppg)**
F- Leonard Washington So. 6-7/230 (6.1 ppg)
G- Marcus Simmons Jr. 6-6/200 (1.9 ppg)
G- Dwight Lewis Sr. 6-5/215 (14.4 ppg)
G- Donte Smith Jr. 5-11/180 (2.3 ppg)

Key losses: Taj Gibson (14.3 ppg), DeMar DeRozan (13.9 ppg), Daniel Hackett (12.3 ppg)

Recruits: Evan Smith (Rivals: NR/Scout: NR)

Keys to Success: If coach O’Neill can do what he was hired to do and bring stability back to USC basketball, the Trojans can finish the healing and start the rebuilding with as little growing pains as possible.

Postseason: Wouldn’t count on it

7. ASU

Bottom line: Though the devils will fall in ranking from last year, teams 3-7 will be considerably even and have a rough time beating up on each other on a nightly basis. Despite losing two of their best players from last year the Sun Devils shouldn’t drop off too much with a solid core of veterans returning and an above average recruiting class coming in.

Projected starting lineup:
C- Eric Boateng Sr. 6-10/245 (1.8 ppg)
F- Victor Rudd Fr. 6-8/200 (16.6 ppg)*
G/F- Rihards Kuksiks Jr. 6-6/205 (10.3 ppg)
G- Ty Abbott Jr. 6-3/215 (7.1 ppg)
G- Derrick Glasser Sr. 6-1/180 (8.8 ppg)

Key losses: James Harden (20.1 ppg), Jeff Pendergraph (14.5 ppg)

Recruits: Trent Lockett (Rivals: 80/Scout: #20 SG), Ruslan Pateev (Rivals: NR/ Scout: #34 C), Demetrius Walker (Rivals: 115/Scout: #31 SF), Victor Rudd (Rivals: 114/ Scout: #33 SF), Brandon Thompson (Rivals: NR/Scout: NR)

Keys to Success: If Kuksiks, Abbott, and Glasser can produce consistently and the freshman grow and contribute as expected, ASU should have a good shot to compete with any team in the Pac-10.

Postseason: Hello NIT

stanfordlogo6. Oregon

Bottom Line: The Ducks are coming off a disappointing last place 2-16 season and coach Ernie Kent finds himself in a do or die season for his job. Luckily for Kent, the Ducks have their entire starting lineup returning from last year and a much weaker Pac-10 to compete against.

Projected starting lineup:
C- Michael Dunigan So. 6-10/255 (8.4 ppg)
F- Joevan Catron Sr. 6-6/235 (7.2 ppg)
G- LeKendric Longmire Jr. 6-5/200 (9.9 ppg)
G- Garrett Sim So. 6-1/175 (6.8 ppg)
G- Tajuan Porter Sr. 5-6/150 (15.4 ppg)

Key losses: Kamyron Brown (4.5 ppg)

Recruits: Jamil Wilson (Rivals: 94/Scout #5 SF), E.J. Singler (Rivals: NR/ Scout: #24 SF), Jeremy Jacob (JC Rivals: NR/ Scout:NR)

Keys to Success: If Kent can at least utilize some of the talent he has on his  loaded roster, which he failed to do last season, expect the Ducks not to disappoint and Kent to return for his 14th season in Oregon.

Postseason: Hello NIT

* High school stats
** Sophomore stats with North Carolina

Pac-10 players drafted in the NBA Draft

July 6, 2009

The 2009 NBA Draft passed last week and many of the best Pac-10 players experienced a night they will never forget; filled with feelings of excitement, optimism, and disappointment the night entailed the realization of many’s of the player’s childhood dream of playing in the NBA. Many were chosen where expected, many were picked better higher then expected, and many waited in agony as they waited for their named to be called. Here are my thoughts on where the players of 2009 Pac-10 class were selected and how they will stack up on the teams they will be playing for.

3. James Harden (OKC Thunder): No curve balls were thrown to start the night off and like expected, Harden was selected third to the OKC Thunder. The first player picked from the Pac-1o, Harden will have an immediate impact on the Thunder and should star alongside Kevin Durant, Jeff Green,  ex-UCLA star Russell Westbrooke on a very young Thunder team.

8. Jordan Hill (NY Knicks): The New York fans booed Hill when his name was called instead of  Stephen Curry’s, but what the

Jordan Hill, picked 8th by the Knicks, shaking NBA commisioner David Stern's hand. (Dave Bergman/SI)

Jordan Hill, picked 8th by the Knicks, shaking NBA commisioner David Stern's hand. (Dave Bergman/SI)

Knick fans don’t know is that Hill’s explosive up tempo game will fit perfectly under Mike D’Antoni’s run-n-gun system. With David Lee out, Hill will likely play right away and have early struggles adjusting to the better competition of the NBA; still, expect D’Antoni to develop Hill into a fine NBA player in the future.

9. DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors): Add DeRozan to the list of talented players on the Raptors roster that will likely only tread the waters of their potential and go unnoticed in the NBA wasteland known as Toronto. With Marion likely gone to free agency and Bosh likely to bolt in 2010, expect DeRozan to have a large role on the Raptors for years to come which, in circumspect, should allow him to grow and develop into the player that he has the potential to be.

17. Jrue Holiday (Philadelpia 76ers): When the 76er’s called his name 17th, Holiday shushed all the talk of being the big slip of this year’s draft. Question’s still loom over Holiday’s durability but it looks like the 76er’s and Holiday should be an excellent fit. Holiday should move back to his natural position of point guard and his style of play should compliment the athletic abilities of 76er’s very well for a long time.

21. Darren Collison (NO Hornets): Collison being drafted 21st to the Hornets seems to be one of the bigger question marks in this year’s draft. Even though most believed that a less then stellar season with UCLA this year would have Collision falling on most draft boards, Collison still managed to get pick solidly in the first round. With Chris Paul as the point guard of the future for the Hornets, expect Darren Collison to be the backup.

26. Taj Gibson (Chicago Bulls): It was no suprise that Gibson was picked as a late  first round pick, but what was a suprise was the team who traded to get him: the Chicago Bulls. Though Gibson has a lot of upside and potential, with the Bulls loaded with front court players Brad Miller, Joakim Noah, Tyrus Thomas, one must wonder how another player big like Gibson will find the place and minutes to contribute.

31. Jeff Pendergraph (Portland Trailblazers): Similarly to Taj Gibson, Pendergraph was picked where expected but will struggle to find a role on the team that he was drafted by: the Portland Trailblazers. Like Channing Frye this year, Pendergraph has the ability to contribute but will not have the opportunity to stuck behind stars Greg Oden, LaMarcus Aldridge, Travis Outlaw, and Joel Pryzbilla.

44. Chase Budinger (Houston Rockets): With no doubt, Budinger was one of the biggest, if not the biggest, slips of this year’s draft. All mocks had Budinger being picked at least in the first round, some even lottery, but none had him falling to the middle of the second round. Though his lack toughness seemingly caught up to him, with Artest gone to the Lakers and McGrady’s future uncertain, the Rockets look like a good place for Budinger to play and get minutes immediately.

Welcome!

June 11, 2009

Hello everybody! My name is a Ashley Brio and i am a high school student living in Arizona with a huge interest in  all things Pac-10 basketball. Born and raised  in the west coast, I have been watching and following  Pac-10 basketball since my wee years;  and, as i have become older, my fondness for Pac-10 basketball has exploded to point where  much of my time and thinking has gone to the following of the league and its’ proceedings.  That is why i am starting this blog- I wish to express my thoughts, predictions, and analysis on Pac-10 basketball and everything taking place around it. Thank you and please do feel free to provide your thoughts and idea’s on anything i write.

-ARB