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March 26, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Vucevic leaves; USC, UW and WSU looking for a JC big man

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USC junior forward Nikola Vucevic is the first Pac-10 player this season to forgo his college eligibility and declare for the NBA draft.
There could be many more including Arizona sophomore Derrick Williams, Washington State junior Klay Thompson, a trio of UCLA players. Pac-12 newcomer Colorado may also lose sophomore Alec Burks.
Early defections will hurt the conference and the individual teams, but it seems as if the Wildcats will be able to survive the loss of the Pac-10 Player of the Year. They have has just one senior departing and Arizona brings in a top 20 recruiting class.
USC loses 17 points and 10 rebounds in Vucevic. The Trojans also lost senior Alex Stepheson, four of their top six players and 70 percent of the their scoring.
According to the Los Angeles Times, “Bob Cantu, USC’s lead recruiter, said the Trojans are looking at junior college players and players who are signed but may soon leave because of a coaching change.”
Washington State is also in the market for a JC big man and it appears as if the Cougars have nabbed 6-foot-9 forward J.C. Shelton. He played at Citrus College in Azusa, Calif.
Early this week, Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said the Huskies are hoping to land a junior college transfer that will help them in the post.


AROUND THE PAC-10:
— With a win today against Connecticut, Arizona coach Sean Miller will earn a $175,000 bonus. The 42-year-old Wildcats coach is already the highest paid coach in the conference with a reported salary at $2 million annual salary. He can make up to an additional $800,000 in incentive bonuses each year.
— The eight Pac-12 teams that advanced to postseason play are a combined 15-4, with Arizona (NCAA), Washington State (NIT), Colorado (3-0) and Oregon (CBI) each 3-0 in their respective tournaments.
DeAngelo Casto’s lawyer claims police were trespassing when they spotted him at a table with a child on his lap and rolling marijuana papers.
— Oregon junior forward Jeremy Jacob underwent surgery Friday on his right knee to repair cartilage damage.
— Oregon coach Dana Altman is okay canceling Spring Break plans and playing in the College Basketball Invitational.

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