Lorenzo Romar believes junior Isaiah Thomas is one of the best point guards in the country and it appears as if the Washington coach is not alone.
Jeff Goodman at FoxSports.com has become a recent fan.
According to Yahoo! Sports, Thomas is among the top five at the position. The website lists Connecticut’s Kemba Walker at the top followed by BYU’s Jimmer Fredette, Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor, Boston College’s Reggie Jackson and Thomas.
That’s a pretty elite class. There’s some top-notch players that’s not in the top 5 including: Kansas State’s Jacob Pullen, Michigan State’s Kalin Lucas and Kentucky’s Brandon Knight.
Yahoo also runs down the top players and coaches. Matthew Bryan-Amaning is 11th among power forwards and Romar 24th.
WEDNESDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Bud Withers writes about the Sunday games in the Pac-10, which are not a favorite of California coach Mike Montgomery.
— UCLA may have to face Arizona star Derrick Williams without sophomore forward Reeves Nelson, who sprained his left ankle Saturday and freshman center Joshua Smith, who suffered a concussion last Thursday. Both were limited in Tuesday’s practice and their availability is uncertain.
— The folks in Tucson, Ariz. realize it’s a big game Thursday. The Bruins and ESPN2 are coming to town. No. 2 in the Pac-10 is at stake. The game will likely be sold-out at 14,545-seat McKale Center. Adding to the excitement, the Wildcats will unveil new Nike uniforms. The unis are believed to be similar to Washington’s new jerseys, which features a design on the back.
— Oregon is concentrating on free throws this week after a 6-for-11 performance at the line in Saturday’s win at Oregon State.
— Stanford is looking for a way to add some pop to an offense that has fizzled as of late.
— ESPN bracket guru Joe Lunardi has Washington as a No. 4 seed in the West facing No. 13 Valparaiso. Arizona is a seven seed and UCLA is a 12 seed in one of the four play-in games.
— SI.com’s bracket analyst Andy Glockner believes it’s a big week for Washington State, which hosts the Huskies. WSU still has road trips at UW and the Arizona schools.
— Big game tonight in Provo, Utah between No. 4 San Diego State and No. 9 BYU that has potential Pac-10 ramifications. The Mountain West is considered by RealTimeRPI.com as the No. 4 conference in the country and the best league in the West. The Aztecs (20-0) are undefeated and they’re chasing a No. 1 seed – perhaps the top seed overall – in the NCAA tournament. The Cougars (19-1) have a Player of the Year candidate in Fredette. The game will be televised by CBS College Sports.
— Feels like a good time to check in on the Pac-12 additions. Utah has been inconsistent this season and the Utes have a slow week because of a bye.
— Meanwhile Colorado lost a heart breaker last night falling 82-78 at home against No. 6 Kansas. The Buffs are 14-7 and 3-3 in the Big 12.
— California has funding issues and the school is grappling on whether to reinstate baseball, lacrosse and men’s and women’s gymnastics and rugby, which are scheduled for elimination this summer. A group has raised $15M to keep the sports alive, but the school says it will cost $25M.
— Not necessarily Pac-10 related, but Michigan State coach Tom Izzo kicked guard Korie Luscious off the team for the remainder of the season. Luscious had nine points and a team-high five assists in the Spartans win over Washington in Maui.