Without a doubt the hardest conference to determine its top monthly players is the Pac-10. This is especially true when it comes to the front court players, where such luminaries as Chase Budinger and Ryan Anderson didn’t make the cut. So after much deliberation, here is the All-January Pac-10 team.
Guard – Darren Collison – UCLA – JR
14.6ppg, 4.3apg, 1.9spg
Best game – Jan 26th – Oregon State – 33 points, three assists, three steals
The Pac-10 is packed with talent. The players that had to be overlooked for this list would easily make it on one of the other BCS conferences’ top five. But, alas, there is only room for five, and once again the freshmen rule the day.
UCLA PICKED TO DEFEND PAC-10 TITLE IN 2007-08
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