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— Here’s an overview (above) from ESPN’s recruiting analysts about the Pac-12’s incoming freshmen. Stanford received high marks as did Arizona and Washington.
— No link, but on its pay site ESPN’S Doug Gottlieb called the McDonald’s All-American selection committee “a joke.” He makes a strong case for Washington incoming freshman Tony Wroten, who was not included in the most prestigious high school game. He also says Arizona’s Nick Johnson and Josiah Turner as well as Oregon’s Jabari Brown deserved consideration.
— Wroten responds to the McDonald’s snub and tells Highschoolhoop.com “there’s some names on there that I KILLED this summer!”
— UW recruit Angelo Chol appears to have had a nice recruiting trip to Washington this weekend. On his Twitter page, he tweets about watching coach Lorenzo Romar’s NBA highlights. Wonder where we can find those? Chol is expected to announce his college choice Thursday afternoon.
MONDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Kyle Fogg sank six three-pointers and led No. 15 Arizona to a 67-52 win over cross-state rival Arizona State. He finished with a career-high tying 26 points.
— When you’re 1-11 in the Pac-10, folks start asking questions and looking at the coach. Herb Sendek has built up enough clout to ride the storm this season, but ASU fans will want to see some improvement next season.
— I’ve been waiting for this story and we’ll see more in the coming days. The national pundits will tell you the Pac-10 is back or the Pac-10 is rising or something about the conference returning to prominence. They say it because the familiar names – Arizona and UCLA – are 1-2 respectively in the league race with just two weeks left before March. Just goes to show you, we like our traditional powers.
— More love for Arizona and its coach Sean Miller.
— Isaiah Thomas was mentioned in ESPN’s Weekly Watch.
— Looks like Colorado has a promising 7-footer that will torment Pac-12 teams next season. Buffaloes freshman Ben Mills made his conference debut during Saturday’s 58-56 win over Kansas State and blocked two shots.
— It’s been an uneven season for Utah (10-15 overall, 3-8 in the Mountain West Conference). The Utes lost to BYU on Saturday. They “held” All-American candidate Jimmer Fredette to 23 points.
— I sat down with Griffen Bennett, the driving force behind Montlake Madness these days, and we talked a lot about the Huskies. Here’s an excerpt of our conversation.
— Forgot to address this during Saturday’s postgame wrap-up, but Romar gave some insight into what happened after a bank of lights inside Edmundson Pavilion went out. Sounds like it was a pretty funny exchange between the officials, Romar and Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins.
— No link, but if you followed Saturday’s Stanford game thread you may have read about the girl in the Dawg Pack who wore a red sweatshirt. I’m told she’s the sister of Stanford freshman John Gage, the former Vashon High standout. Apparently when you buy a student ticket, part of the agreement is you must wear purple. Ultimately she changed to a purple top.