Continuing with the sometimes controversial and sometimes not Top 25 rankings of the major conferences. The Pac-10 is not only full of quality college players, but it seems like half the league is a possible NBA draft pick.
1. Darren Collison, PG, UCLA - The best player on the country's best team
2. Chase Budinger, SF, Arizona - Could approach 20 ppg in sophomore season
3. Brook Lopez, PF, Stanford - Academic issues mar what should have been breakout year
4. OJ Mayo, PG, USC - If Kobe leaves town, Mayo might become the best show in town
Today's mini-statistical preview features everybody's new favorite conference, the Pac-10. Each team writeup includes projected starting lineups, projected stats for each player, and a short comment. (Stats are listed in order of points, rebounds, then assists).
G Jerryd Bayless - 12, 3, 5
G Jawann McClellan - 15, 3, 3
F Chase Budinger - 20, 7, 3
F Jordan Hill - 8, 5, 0
C Kirk Walters - 8, 5, 1
6 Daniel Dillon - 3, 1, 2
There's been some talk on this site about "the bug"...the feeling that college basketball is just around the corner. Well, even though I love college hoops (if I didn't then why am I here?), I'd like to get this fact off of my chest:
College football, you are my crutch.
With a loaded incoming freshmen class, and with the success of one-and-done stars in the 2006 class like Kevin Durant, Greg Oden and Brandan Wright, the pressure is on for some of the biggest names in recent high school basketball history. O.J. Mayo, Michael Beasley, and Kevin Love are just a few of the kids who will enter campus this fall, trying to prove they can live up to the hype.
With the NBA Draft finally over, and underclassmen stars like Greg Oden and Kevin Durant now working on customizing their brand-new Bentleys, it’s time to look at how their former teams will fare next year in their absence. Here’s an outlook of several teams with some big holes to fill.
Underclassmen lost: Corey Brewer, Taurean Green, Al Horford, Joakim Noah
Adam Stanco answers your questions.. and the one’s you should be asking. If you have a question, send it to BasketballWriter@cs.com
Where would O.J. Mayo be drafted in this year’s draft?
(Submitted by: Todd Kapostasy of Perry, OH)
Mayo would have been battling with Mike Conley for the right to be the first point guard chosen.
In this theoretical scenario, what would really hurt Mayo is recent history.
This is a follow up to yesterday's analysis of the point guard prospects. Tomorrow will be the small forwards. Shooting guard has some uncertainty as guys like Cook or Afflalo could (and I'd say should) return to school.