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March 10, 2011 at 8:30 AM

Let me explain why Detlef Schrempf didn’t make my list

I’ve been taking some heat because I left former Washington great Detlef Schrempf off a list of the all-time top 33 players in the Pac-10.
Why 33? Well the conference as we know it was born 33 years ago and this week marks the final days for the Pac-10. Next year the league adds Colorado and Utah and it becomes the Pac-12.
So we decided to take a look back over the past three decades. Bud Withers takes a look at the thrilling moments and I ranked the best players starting in 1978-79.
I enlisted long-time Pac-10 observers to help compile a list a names. I spoke with former players, coaches and broadcasters. We started this project almost two weeks ago and there’s been much discussion.
The top two players – Sean Elliott and Gary Payton – were a no-brainer. Everyone else is debatable. And that’s part of the fun.
As for Schrempf, he was initially ranked in the 20s in the first versions of the list. There was debate about whether four Huskies deserved to be picked. Brandon Roy was an obvious choice. Chris Welp is UW’s all-time scoring leader and he went to three NCAA tournaments. Jon Brockman is perhaps the best rebounder in the modern era of the Pac-10.
Schrempf averaged 11.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists in four years at Washington.
One person who helped with the list said: “Detlef was before his time. Coaches back then didn’t know what to do with a skilled forward who could do so many things.”
Someone else said: “If A.C. Green is on the list, then you have to have Detlef.”
In the end, it came down to value and production. Who did more for their team and who put up numbers in college? It’s not about picking favorite players or who became a better pro.
Schrempf had a great UW career and he was the player eliminated from the list. He was No. 30 before UCLA’s Tyus Edney bumped him from ranking.
The other tough omissions were Arizona’s Mike Bibby and Oregon’s Charlie Sitton.

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