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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.

NBA Draft: “In oder Aus”

June 21, 2009

In honor of Sasha Baron Cohen’s soon to be released movie Bruno I’ve decided to play a game of his made famous from Da Ali G Show called “in oder aus” (in or the out). The deadline to withdraw from the NBA draft was June 16 and many of the Pac-10’s finest underclassman considered the jump to the pro’s. Lets take a look at who did and didn’t enter the draft and whether they made the right decision or not.

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Arizona

-Jordan Hill [In]:  Hill had a monstrous season this year and is looking to cash in. By staying an extra year Hill could have benefited by improving his strength and fundamentals, but with a weak draft class and the season he had the decision whether to go pro was a no brainer. Projection: 4-8. Decision grade: A

-Chase Budinger [In]: Though Budinger failed to achieve his goal from last year in guaranteeing himself as a lottery pick this year, three coach’s in three frustrating years makes it no wonder why Budinger is turning pro and not coming back for his senior year. Projection: 10-20.  Decision grade: B

-Nic Wise [Aus]: With the coaching carousel spinning, Nic Wise was set to choose between playing professionally in Europe vs. coming back to Arizona and starring as the Wildcat’s main man. With Wise choosing wisely to come back, Nic has given himself the opportunity for next year to be playing in the NBA instead of what hoped for this is year in playing overseas. Decision grade: A-

Arizona St.

-James Harden [In]: Even though Harden could have been a lottery pick in last years draft, Harden stayed an extra

ASU's James Harden dribbling by USC's Daniel Hackett (Icon SMI)

ASU's James Harden dribbling past USC's Daniel Hackett (Icon SMI)

year at ASU solidifying himself as a top five pick this year. Harden dominated the Pac-1o and there would have been very little for him to improve upon in the college ranks if he were to stay for another year. Projection: 3-6.  Decision grade: A

California

-Patrick Christopher [Aus]: If Christopher were to enter the draft this year his chances of being drafted  would have been minimal to none. With Patrick returning for his season year, Christopher has given himself an optimal opportunity to showcase all of his talents to get drafted next year along with also giving the Golden Bears an excellent chance to win the Pac-10 . Decision grade: B+

UCLA

-Jrue Holiday [In]: When Holiday arrived at UCLA he was expected to immediately dominate Pac-10 and jump straight into NBA after. Jrue didn’t exactly dominate the Pac-10, but he did still decide to shoot straight to the pro’s. By staying another year, Holiday would have benefited by being the Bruin’s go-to-guy and an extra year’s worth of development. Projection: 10-20. Decision grade: B-

USC

-DeMar DeRozan [In]: DeMar DeRozan holds exceptional ability and has the potential to be a star at the next level. DeRozan could have benefited by coming back to USC and getting another year of development under his wing, but with USC’s coaching fallout it only made sense for DeMar to go pro. Projection: 8-15. Decision grade: A-

-Daniel Hackett [In]: Hackett likely only entered the draft to get away from the current coaching scandal taking place at USC and escape playing for a depleted USC roster. Unfortunately for Hackett, there is an unlikely chance he will be drafted and the depleted roster could have given him a great opportunity to play an expanded enough role to be selected in next year’s draft. Projection: not drafted. Decision grade: C

-Taj Gibson [In]: Though the last three years Gibson has steadily improved his game with the Trojans, it has come playing as the right hand man behind the likes of stars Nick Young, OJ Mayo, and DeMar DeRozen. Still, with the mishap going on at USC it is no wonder why Taj is turning pro and entering the draft. Projection: late 1st round-early 2nd round. Decision grade: B

-ARB