Ever loose your keys? How about your sunglasses? Ever lose a Pac-12 preview? Well, I did. I wrote this story 24 hours before the start of the college basketball season but wanted to add a little more to it. I loaded into the site, but forgot about it. Here it is, mosty untouched from when I wrote it.
A Pac-12 Player Of The Year candidate?
Arizona. I think the Wildcats are the team to beat now that they have Mark Lyons in the fold. I actually like their freshmen 1-4 better than UCLA’s 1-4. Give me Lyons over Larry Drew II and Solomon Hill over Travis Wear. Bruins will give the Wildcats a run if they get Shabazz Muhammad cleared (HE DID), but if he is not cleared by the NCAA the Bruins may fall to third or fourth.
I like five to get in. The Wildcats and the Bruins will be joined by Cal, Stanford and Colorado.
Don’t Count Out
I think Oregon and Washington are also in the hunt for the NCAA, but I think they have to address some real flaws.
Utah, ASU and Washington State are going to be very bad. Both lost a lot…and weren’t good to begin with. (NOTE: ASU may not be quite as bad as I first believed. Not a tourney team by any means, but closer to 8th or 9th than 12th).
Best Player On A Bad Team
Brock Motum at Washington State gets the nod over ASU’s Jahii Carson.
Muhammed, Kyle Anderson - UCLA, Grant Jerrett – Arizona, Kaleb Tarczeski – Arizona, Dominic Artis – Oregon. (NOTE: I would have added Josh Scott – Colorado to the list if Muhammed was not eligible. It also appears that UCLA's Jordan Adams and Arizona's Brandon Ashley should be on this list.)
(I am including players who redshirted a year ago) Lyons – Arizona, Jio Fontan – USC, Carson – ASU, Omar Oraby – USC, Larry Drew II – UCLA. (After two weeks of action it is clear that Oregon's Arsalan Kazemi should be on the list),
Team I Like More Than Most
I like Colorado. They have a great coach, good returning talent and some nice incoming freshmen. They have tasted the NCAAs and I think they could end up being a top-three or four team in the league.
I know Oregon State will miss Jared Cunningham and lack depth, but they do have a decent starting five and could be better than expected. Don’t expect an NCAA appearance or even sneaking into the top-6, but they won’t be an easy out and could shock some people, especially in Corvallis.
Player Of The Year Candidates
Solomon Hill – Arizona, Muhammad – UCLA, Allen Crabbe – Cal, C.J. Wilcox – Washington, Andre Roberson - Colorado.
Coaches On The Hotseat
Lorenzo Romar – Washington, Kevin O’Neill – USC, Ken Bone – Washington State, Ben Howland – UCLA, Johnny Dawkins – Stanford, Herb Sendek – ASU, Craig Robinson –Oregon State
2. UCLA (had them fourth without Shabazz)
6. Washington (Without a late season improvement, a Romar staple, this team will be closer to seventh or eighth)
8. Oregon State
10. Washington State