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November 3, 2006 at 9:19 AM

More from media day

Want to make sure you saw our complete reports from Pac-10 media day that appeared in the pages of the Times today.
Here’s the main story that includes the poll and some interesting comments from conference coaches.
Here’s what we call a notebook that includes items on each team in the conference.
Something I found real interesting talking with Stanford coach Trent Johnson is that Mitch Johnson has been elected team captain as a sophomore, just as Jon Brockman has been elected captain of the Huskies as a sophomore. If you know their history, you know they are close friends who played together for years on the summer circuit and each is now emulating in the other in becoming an early leader of their college team.
Two really interesting players I hadn’t heard much about before Thursday are Oregon’s Tajaun Porter and Oregon State’s Roeland Schaftenaar. From what I’d heard of Porter during recruiting, I didn’t expect him to be the type of player who would score 29 points in his first college game, exhibition or not. Oregon assistant coach Scott Duncan said Thursday “he’s 5-6 on his tiptoes.” He sounds a little like Nate Robinson, but I’m told he’s not that kind of a leaper. Just a good, solid basketball player who figures to make Oregon that much better. He’s likely to the be starting point guard when Oregon plays at UW, the game Aaron Brooks won’t be able to play due to his suspension for the incident with Ryan Appleby during the Pac-10 tournament.
Schaftenaar is the latest of OSU’s big man imports, joining Liam Hughes and Sasa Cuic. John elaborated on the quote I got in the paper to say that Schaftenaar “is not a shot-blocker, high-flyer type of guy, but in terms of shooting, passing, he can do all that.”
As for the discussion that WSU seems like a better team than 10th place, I agree. I had Arizona State 10th, particularly in light of the losses over the off-season of Kevin Kruger and Bryson Krueger. On the other hand, ASU does have Jeff Pendergraph, who is one of the more underrated young players in the conference. I know UW coaches really like the way he plays, and he’s a solid player to build around.

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