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July 18, 2012 at 7:30 AM

Bill Walton to call Pac-12 games for ESPN

It’s been rumored for awhile and Bill Walton confirmed he’ll call Pac-12 men’s basketball games this season as an analyst for ESPN.
Walton told USA Today “I’m starting over,” after he was forced to leave TV broadcast due to health issues.
He underwent 36 orthopedic surgeries on his spine and ankles.
“My life was over,” he said. “Now, I’m rebuilding my life.”
WEDNESDAY MORNING LINKS:
Steve Kelley is in Las Vegas for the NBA Summer League games and caught up with Terrence Ross, the former UW star and Toronto Raptors rookie. Ross said: “Playing in the NBA is just going to help me motivate myself even more. I’m willing to challenge myself, and I realize that’s what you have to do to be successful. They want me to have a scorer’s mentality, which to me means not worrying about the last shot. Always shooting with a clear mind.”
— When Washington faces Connecticut on Dec. 29, Jim Calhoun will be on the UConn bench. The 70-year-old coach considered retiring, but will remain for at least two seasons.
— Solid roundup and predictions about the Pac-12 from ESPN crew. In regards to Washington, the cast is somewhat optimistic, but UCLA and Arizona are drawing most of the preseason buzz.
— ESPN’s Doug Gottlieb unveils his Pac-12 power rankings and he ranks USC at No. 4, which is very surprising considering the Trojans were last in the conference last season. Gottlieb’s top five are Arizona, UCLA, Cal, USC and UW.
— Arizona State coach Herb Sendek hopes to average 70 points next season, which seems a bit optimistic considering last season’s best player Trent Lockett transferred to Marquette and the Sun Devils haven’t averaged that much season during his previous six seasons.
— Rivals updated its top 150 list for 2013 recruits. Here’s a look at the overall rankings of a few players who are considering UW: Aaron Gordon (5), Isaac Hamilton (12) and Jabari Bird (18), Marcus Lee (33), Tyree Robinson (74), Kyle Washington (120) and Tyrell Robinson (133). Nigel Williams-Goss, who agreed to a verbal commitment with the Huskies, is ranked 46th.
— Team USA plays Great Britain on Thursday in its third exhibition before the 2012 Summer Games. Former UW standout Matthew Bryan-Amaning had hoped to play for the British team, but he just missed the cut for the 12-man squad.

Comments | Topics: Aaron Gordon, Nigel Williams-Goss, UCLA

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