thoughts on the pac 12 conference preview
any disagrements with the rankings? What are your thoughts for the confernce this upcoming season, is it back? Who gets in the tournament?
good write up but I really dont think the Bruins should be over the Wildcats.
Colorado is being slept on and i expect good things from Josh Scott
p.s. llperez...remember that student i.d. of yours tho?
Bet he was one of those kids wildin out next to the short bus. Just classic. He truly serves the memory of Mac Dre.
yes, school was awesome times for me
as for zona vs ucla, i could go back and forth on them. Most sites have zona ahead but by a hair. In fact in the conference media day it was zona edging ucla with 404 votes to ucla's 403 votes with ucla actually getting more first place votes.
UCLA does have more question marks, but i think their bigs are more experienced then zona's. ANd if shabazz is eligible, which im assuming by putting them first, the bruins should have the best individual talent on the court although zona does have more depth on the wings.
I don't have many problems with the article at all. I'd also bump Colorado a little higher, ahead of both Stanford and Cal.
Good call on Chasson Randle being a sleeper. He's a good defender, good length for his position, good scoring instincts and shooter with developing PG skills. I expect him to handle more of the PG duties this yr.
Man, I know how much Devoe, Olu and Sim meant, just do not think we are as low as 9th. I honestly believe we are at least close to as good as last year, if not better with added size. Kazemi should get cleared and start for us at 4 and I think Artis will have a fantastic freshman season. Yes, we may be a tad inexperienced in the backcourt and this conference does not have a lot of separation after UCLA and Zona, just feel we could be better than about 3-4 of those teams in front of us.
Think that UCLA and Zona are locks for the tournament, Stanford would be also one would think with improvement from their young guys after a NIT championship. Think that Cal is definitely overrated on that poll, even with a very talented backcourt. Oregon State is honestly a sleeper as well, think both us and the Beavs could very well be 4-5 in the conference. Keep in mind, I really dislike Oregon State.
What makes UW so great as a team? They lose their two best players and starting PF. Think they might have a rough year. CJ Wilcox is quite good, will be nice to have Suggs back, but Aziz N'Diaye does not scare me. Sorry Taylor Condrin, but I am guessing even you are apprehensive about this squad. Abdul Gaddy is a steady hand, true, so their backcourt will be solid. I am really intrigued by Jernard Jarreau, though think he is a project. Just feel like teams will match-up really well with them in the Pac-12 and they will struggle with frontcourt depth. Think that Oregon and Oregon State are really a lot more solid on those lines.
USC is another team that could actually surprise. They have three 7-footers and a couple of really nice transfers from Wake Forest JT Terrell (JUCO, but played at Wake) and Ari Stewart. This team could also be better than UW, they have a lot of seniors. Getting all of these transfers to play together will be interesting, just feel they could really surprise people. Ultimately, here are my Pac-12 rankings:
1. Arizona (I know, UCLA has Shabazz Muhammad. They also have Larry Drew II running point and a lot of uncertainty. You may say, "What makes Mark Lyons better?" Well, just feel he will fit in to a Arizona squad with some senior leadership and a lot of athletic big bodies)
4. Oregon (Call me crazy, call me a homer, just feel like we have the tools to get to the tournament. A lot of seniors and nice depth. Thats my story and I am sticking to it.)
6. Oregon State
10. Arizona State
11. Washington State
Rolling the dice hardcore, but lets face it, the Pac-12 did not finish exactly like we thought it would last season either. I am thinking we get 4 teams into the NCAA Tournament this year and that Oregon competes to do it again. 4 may well be too high, but if we are not a top half Pac-12 school, would be surprised. Think that Altman has a deep team in Eugene and a winner running the show. Still, like what you did Casey, keep up the good work!
maybe oregon is better then im expecting, but honestly i just dont see all the pieces that you are seeing right now. Even singler is not exactly a star. If Kazemi is cleared, then yeah they are right there in the mix. As for cal, crabbe and cobbs are terrifc and they have 4 bigs who all played significant roles last year as well. Kravish in particular brings a lot of offensive potential and solomon the defense and athleticism.
As long as Kevin O'Neill is the coach of the Trojans, I see them consistently underperforming. He takes talent, grinds them to a pulp and the result is a lesser product. I think he's a terribly overbearing coach with an archaic system.
Larry Drew III is just a token PG. I think we all know who'll be the primary decision maker on that team.
I know that Kyle Anderson will be great, just am not a big Wear twin guy and feel that Arizona has fewer variables to mess things up. Also have a load of confidence in Dana Altman. That guy has been a magician without a lot of talent and now I think he has his most yet. We won last year thanks to our depth and defense, see that being very present this year. Throw in Kazemi, we are going to kill it on the boards. With Oraby being cleared, think that Kazemi is pre-destined to have the same thing happen.
Kravish is a good player and does have that offensive component, defense is where I see Cal possibly struggling. Jorge Guttierez was the heart of that team and while I have heard good things about Tyrone Wallace, do not know who replaces him as a defender or comes close to it. Unless Richard Solomon is wildly improved, I could see Cal struggling in conference. It will be difficult to defend Cobbs and Crabbe, but I see difficult in them stopping teams as well.