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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

The Fall of Troy

June 13, 2009

With Tim Floyd resigning as head basketball coach at USC last week, the program looks to be in shambles- for a long time.  Just a few months ago Tim Floyd turned down two of the countries most prestigious coaching vacancies from Arizona and Memphis to return to USC and to what he thought was a top-1o recruiting class, the limelights of LA, and

Tim Floyd (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Tim Floyd (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

a program on the rise.  But, with the bolting of three of the teams top four leading scorers to play professional ball (Daniel Hackett, Taj Gibson, Demar Derozen)  and a devastating accusation from the NCAA regarding an illegal payment to a handler during the recruitment of former USC star OJ Mayo,  Tim Floyd has resigned bringing a very gloomy fate to the  future  of USC basketball.

After two failed stints in the NBA, Floyd was brought to USC to rebuild a program that had only had marginal success.  In just four years, Tim Floyd shot USC into a perennial threat in the Pac-1o leading the Trojans to an unprecedented three NCAA tournament appearances. During this time, word had began to circulate questioning the rise of USC leading many to accuse Floyd of cheating and questionable recruiting tactics.  With Floyd’s resignation last week; bringing most of the speculated word to truth, Floyd is now left without a job and, more importantly for LA and the Pac-10, USC without a coach.

Unfortunately for USC, the fallout will have many consequences for the present and even more for the future. Though the Trojans are already losing three of their four leading scorers and have a prized recruiting class lost; a very weak Pac-1o should save USC from absolute embarrassment and the return of the likes of leading scorer Dwight Lewis and UNC transfer Alex Stepheson will have the Trojans winning at least a couple games. With this season most definitely lost, the by far most important task for USC and Athletic Director Mike Garrett is to find a coach who will be able to lead the program through the frustration of now and the tough times that will endure. Names have already being thrown around, but Garrett must only find a coach who will work with integrity, enthusiasm,  patience. Here is a list of coach’s, by order of preference, that i believe Garrett should go after:

1.  Billy Gillispie

Why:  Though Gillispie didn’t have as much success as he would have wanted in Lexington, the USC coaching job would would give him a chance to start anew and showcase his true merits as a coach. USC would provide all the necessary tools for him to attract attention and shine along with the low-stress work environment and the expectations of a low mid-major school.

Billy Gillispie (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

Billy Gillispie (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

2. Craig Robinson

Why: Has a long-struggling Oregon St. program on the rise and has all the integrity and talent that Garrett could ever want. USC’s prime-time stage would be an ideal opportunity for Robinson to showcase his talents as a coach, but does Robinson really want to leave OSU just a few months before the season begins to rebuild another program all over again?

3 . Steve Lavin

Why: Lavin has strong recruiting ties and experience from his days with UCLA.  Lavin is young and has the optimism and enthusiasm an ailing program like USC needs, still does USC want to risk the life of its program with someone who has already failed once in the Pac-10?

Other possible candidates:

– Bobby Knight: The name has been thrown around by the likes of ESPN’s Andy Katz but it doesn’t seem realistic and would not be the long term solution that Garrett wants.

– Reggie Theus: Would be great as the interim coach for this year; but unfortunately Theus likely only wants the full time gig and i doubt Garrett has him high on his list.

-ARB