Washington junior Isaiah Thomas is one of three Pac-10 players who made it on the Naismith Mid-Season top 30 list that was released today.
The other conference players are Arizona sophomore Derrick Williams and Washington State junior Klay Thompson.
We’ve included a complete look at the list at the bottom of this post.
FRIDAY MORNING LINKS:
— In case you missed it, the McDonald’s All-American team was announced yesterday. The prestigious high-school game does not include a player that’s going to a Pac-10 school. The only West Coast player on the team is Oregon big man Kyle Wiltjer and he’s headed to Kentucky.
AROUND THE PAC-10:
— Stanford junior Jeremy Green started the Pac-10 season with a 21-point performance against California before cooling off.
He was relatively silent for a month before breaking out of a scoring slump with a 21-point game against Arizona on Feb. 3. He followed that with 23 points in an 83-74 win over Arizona State.
Last night, Green poured in 24 points, which led Stanford to a 75-62 victory at Washington State.
Next up: Washington.
— Jerry Brewer asks the question that’s on the minds of every UW fan: Why can’t they play like this all the time?
— Here’s our game story following Washington’s 109-77 win over California.
— Thanks to the UW video department for the UW-Cal highlights. Got to check out that dunk by Justin Holiday. Wow. It made ESPN’s top 10 list last night.
— With freshman sensation Allen Crabbe, it was going to be tough sledding for the Golden Bears. Without their third-leading scorer who left the game midway in the first half after suffering a concussion, Cal had no chance.
— Washington State’s Pac-10 title hopes and NCAA tournament chances took a big hit last night. The Cougars need a very strong finish and a major collapse from Arizona, UCLA and UW to win the conference crown. Barring that outcome, they may need to win the Pac-10 Tournament to secure a berth to the NCAA tournament.
— USC coach Kevin O’Neill is targeting the NIT, which seems like a strange tactic. Bizarre as it may be, something clicked for the Trojans during their <a href="67-56 win“>67-56 win over Oregon State in front of 3,853 at USC’s Galen Center.
— The Beavers are 1-8 on the road this season and 0-5 in Pac-10 games.
— UCLA’s Malcolm Lee received top scoring honors in the Pac-10 on Thursday. He scored 25 points in the Bruins’ 64-54 win over Oregon.
— Oregon was characterized as villains by the UCLA Bruins who called sophomore forward E.J. Singler a dirty player and perhaps fittingly the Ducks wore their black uniforms last night. The bad blood between the teams didn’t play a role in the outcome.
HERE’S THE NAISMITH TOP 30 MID-SEASON LIST
Alec Burks, Colorado
Malcolm Delaney, Virginia Tech
Marcus Denmon, Missouri
Kenneth Faried, Morehead State
Jimmer Fredette, BYU
Austin Freeman, Georgetown
Jordan Hamilton, Texas
Ben Hansbrough, Notre Dame
Tu Holloway, Xavier
Rick Jackson, Syracuse
Charles Jenkins, Hofstra
JaJuan Johnson, Purdue
Terrence Jones, Kentucky
Kawhi Leonard, San Diego State
Jon Leuer, Wisconsin
Demetri McCamey, Illinois
Mickey McConnell, Saint Mary’s
E’Twaun Moore, Purdue
Marcus Morris, Kansas
Kyle Singler, Duke
Chris Singleton, Florida State
Nolan Smith, Duke
Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
Isaiah Thomas, Washington
Trey Thompkins, Georgia
Klay Thompson, Washington State
Kemba Walker, UConn
Brad Wanamaker, Pittsburgh
Derrick Williams, Arizona
Jordan Williams, Maryland