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September 11, 2007 at 9:46 PM

Reviewing Athlon’s preview

The pre-season magazines are beginning to hit the stores, and as we did on the football blog, we’ll parse them here to see what they say about UW and the Pac-10.
First up is Athlon’s, which misses the hoop by a wide margin on its cover by referring to WSU’s Derrick Low as Derrick Lowe. Quincy Pondexter is also on the cover and they did get his name right.
Like every one of these is likely to do, the magazine is high on the Pac-10, picking seven conference schools to make it to the NCAA Tournament — UCLA, Oregon, WSU, Stanford, Arizona, Washington and USC, in that order of finish. The final three in the Pac-10 are Cal, ASU and Oregon State.
UCLA is picked as the national champ, with Oregon to the Elite Eight, WSU to the Sweet 16 and Stanford and Arizona to the second round. UW and USC are listed as “one and done.”
As mentioned above, UW is picked sixth in the Pac-10 with this one-line summation: “Without Spencer Hawes, the Huskies will run again and be unbeatable in Seattle.”
UW’s Jon Brockman is rated as the No. 3 player on its list of the the top “inside-out” players in the country and is also rated as “honorable mention” All-American.
Pac-10 players on the All-American team are UCLA’s Darren Collison (first team) and Arizona’s Chase Budinger (second).
Other conference players receiving honorable mention are Low, WSU’s Kyle Weaver, Oregon’s Malik Hairston, Cal’s DeVon Hardin and Stanford’s Brook Lopez.
Two Pac-10 players are also on its “Super 6 Freshmen” — UCLA’s Kevin Love and USC’s O.J. Mayo.
The First-Team All-Pac-10 Team is Budinger, Collison, Hairston, Hardin and Brook Lopez.
The second team is Brockman, Love, Low, Mayo and Weaver (which sounds like one of the best second teams I can ever remember this conference having).
The third team is Pondexter, Stanford’s Lawrence Hill, USC’s Taj Gibson, UCLA’s Luc Richard Mhab a Moute, and Oregon’s Tajuan Porter.
Collison is named the Player of the Year, Weaver the best defensive player, WSU’s Robbie Cowgill as the most underrated, and Love as the Newcomer of the Year.
I really don’t have huge arguments with any of it. This conference is so stacked with good players and teams this year that it’s hard to go wrong picking just about anything — unless you picked Oregon State to finish higher than ninth or something.

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