We’re seven months away from the start of the 2011-12 college basketball season, but it’s never too early to take a look ahead and make a stab at a preseason list.
The Sporting News senior college basketball correspondent Mike DeCourcy tabbed Washington at No. 22 in his look at the top 25 teams.
Arizona is No. 3 on the list and UCLA is ninth. That’s a lot of respect for the Pac-12 and it’s the first time in recent years two conference teams have appeared in the top 10 on this type of preseason list.
We touched on the idea of which player will emerge as the face of the Huskies early this week. Over 4,000 folks responded in the poll and freshman Terrence Ross outdistanced sophomore Abdul Gaddy by nearly 700 votes.
Yet the Sporting News picked a photo of Gaddy for its UW piece and writes: “Losing PG Isaiah Thomas keeps the Huskies out of the top 10, but Abdul Gaddy will be back from his ACL injury and freshman Tony Wroten will make an instant impact for coach Lorenzo Romar.”
AROUND THE PAC-12:
— Matthew Bryan-Amaning looks as if he’s working himself into the second round of the NBA draft. His team is 0-2 at the Portsmouth Invitational, but he’s been one of the stars at the Virginia tournament.
Last night he tallied a team-high 16 points for the second straight day. Bryan-Amaning also finished with six rebounds, five steals, two blocks and just one turnover in 27 minutes off the bench.
He started in Wednesday’s game in which he had 16 points and eight steals.
It was a slow start for Justin Holiday in his first game at the PIT last night. The Washington senior managed just six points on on 3-for-10 shooting. He missed two three-pointers while collecting seven rebounds and three steals in 24 minutes as a reserve.
Holiday’s team lost 96-76.
His next game is 12:15 p.m. (Pacific) today and Bryan-Amaning plays his final game 9 a.m. (PST) Saturday.
— Klay Thompson’s father Mychal believes his son will be taken in the first round of the NBA draft. If that’s true, then it’s unlikely the Washington State junior will return to school.
— Arizona’s Derrick Williams and coach Sean Miller will attend the John Wooden award ceremony tonight in Los Angeles. Miller answered several questions about the Wildcats.
He said Arizona may play a three-guard lineup next season. He said all four incoming freshman should be eligible, but was vague about how the team plans to solve its crowded roster. The Wildcats only have 12 scholarships to give out next season, but currently there’s 15 scholarship players on the roster.