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.
19.9ppg, 4.9apg, 3.7rpg
Best game – Nov 19th – UMKC – 20 points, 9 assists, 9 boards
In the year of the frosh, Phoenix native Bayless has been overlooked. Not for much longer – he looks ready to push Kevin Love and O.J. Mayo for bragging rights as the Pac-10’s best rookie. The 26 and 6 he put up vs. Texas A&M last game shows that he’s just as good against the big fish as the small ones.
Guard – O. J. Mayo – USC - FR
20.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.8apg, 1.9spg
Not surprisingly, Mr. Mayo has been an impact player for the Trojans in the early going, stuffing stats into almost every category imaginable. Now if he could just get those turnovers to less than four a game.
Forward – Jon Brockman – Washington - JR
19.3ppg, 11.6rpg, 52.9% FG
Best game – Nov 14th – Utah – 31 points, 18 boards
With Spencer Hawes in the NBA, this is Brockman’s show now. The Huskies will need plenty more of his elevated play if they plan on competing in the Pac-10 this season.
Forward – Marty Luenen – Oregon - SR
15.7ppg, 11.0rpg, 12/23 3pts
Best game – Nov 24th – USF – 18 points, 10 boards, 4 assists
Luenen has really taken his game up another level for the deep Ducks. In addition to his four straight double-doubles, he is shooting a sizzling 52.2% from long-range.
17.3ppg, 9.9rpg, 2.4apg
Best game – Nov 9th – Portland St – 22 points, 13 rebounds
When you add one of the countries top freshmen to an already stacked lineup you’ve got yourself a title contender. Love has been the Bruins top player in the early going, posting four double-doubles already and has UCLA primed for a visit to the Final Four for the third straight year.