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October 18, 2010 at 1:30 PM

Thomas, Williams are carrying Pac-10 banner in preseason

It seems when most college basketball analysts think of the Pac-10, they think of Washington junior Isaiah Thomas and Arizona sophomore Derrick Williams.
Washington State junior Klay Thompson will likely be among the nation’s leading scorers and Arizona State’s Ty Abbott, Stanford’s Jeremy Green, Oregon State’s Calvin Hayes and USC’s forward Nikola Vucevic are the other returning first-team all-Pac-10 performers.
Thomas and Williams, however, get more preseason plugs than other players in the conference.
Gary Parrish at CBSsports.com included Thomas and Williams with 30 players on a honorable mention list of preseason All-Americans.
MONDAY AFTERNOON LINKS:
— Oregon guard Malcolm Armstead tells the Oregonian he’s happy he didn’t leave the team like six other players. Armstead said he’s developing a solid relationship with new coach Dana Altman and said he changed his diet and dropped weight to improve his conditioning.
— During Saturday’s visit to Husky Stadium, Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott said the conference will have a definitive answer on the divisional split in football Thursday when the league’s president and chancellors meet.
Jeff Goodman at FoxSports.com is taking a road trip across the country and stopping by 12 college basketball hotbeds. Goodman, however, isn’t planning to visit any Pac-10 schools.
— On its pay site, ESPN previews the Mountain West, including a look at Utah. Utes coach Jim Boylan cleaned house, bringing in nine newcomers and losing six players who had eligibility remaining. Utah is building around 7-foot-3 junior David Foster, the MWC, Defensive Player of the Year in 2009-10, and 7-foot sophomore Jason Washburn.
— Finally, there was a wild rumor last year about Pepperdine guard Keion Bell transferring to Washington. Obviously that never happened. Still, he’s a phenomenal talent who is arguably the best dunker in college. Check out the video below from Pepperdine’s Midnight Madness festival. Bell won the dunk contest for the third straight year, dunking over seven people. A couple of the people were kids, but it’s still an amazing feat.

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