Lindy’s Sports magazine picked UCLA to win the Pac-12.
In its annual preview released this week, the magazine predicts Arizona will finish second followed by Stanford, California and Washington.
All five teams are picked to make the 68-team NCAA tournament, according to Lindy’s. It would be a significant improvement for the conference, which had just two teams (Pac-12 Tournament champion Colorado and regular-season runner-up Cal) in the Big Dance last season.
Here’s the remaining conference picks: 6, USC; 7, Colorado; 8, Oregon; 9, Arizona State; 10, Washington State; 11, Oregon State and 12, Utah.
The magazine picked Arizona senior forward Solomon Hill to win the Player of the Year award. It also ranks UCLA No. 10, the Wildcats 18th and Stanford 27th among the top 40 teams in the nation.
The Pac-12 is considered the seventh strongest conference in the country. UCLA and Arizona were also given major props for bringing in top recruiting classes.
Several Huskies received kudos from Lindy’s. Abdul Gaddy and C.J. Wilcox were selected to the all-conference second team. Gaddy received the title top playmaker while Wilcox was deemed the top shooter in the league.
Also, Aziz N’Diaye graced the regional cover (above) along with Oregon’s E.J. Singler and Gonzaga’s Kevin Pangos.
Longtime Pac-12 observer Frank Burlison wrote the overview on the conference for Lindy’s. Here’s his take on the Huskies: “Could have the best collection of jump shooters in the conference. … None of those jump shooters is named Terrence Ross.”
The magazine tabbed Bob Condotta to write the piece on the Washington. Here’s his take on UW: “Rarely has a team produced two first-round draft picks and been as vexing. It might help that UW won’t have the expectations this season that greeted last year – (Lorenzo) Romar’s teams have often played better coming off the rail, though with Wilcox, Gaddy, (Scott) Suggs and N’Diaye, UW iwll have plenty of experience.”
THURSDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Reportedly Darin Johnson tweaked travel plans and will visit Washington on Sept. 27, which is the same weekend other top recruits Aaron Gordon and Kyle Washington are set to visit. Nigel Williams-Goss, who verbally committed to the Huskies, is also expected to make a trip to UW at that time.
— Looks like the Huskies are expressing interests in junior-college players Delon Wright and Karrington Ward. Brad Winton of JucoRecruiting.com reports Wright, a 6-5 shooting guard at City College of San Francisco, has UW among his top six teams including Utah, Washington State, Gonzaga, Cal State Fullerton and St. Mary’s. Meanwhile Ward, a 6-5 shooting guard at Moraine Valley C.C.; State: Illinois, has reportedly received a scholarship offer from UW and DePaul.
— Here’s a look at the trailer for ‘Hometown,’ a documentary on former Washington standout Isaiah Thomas.
— UCLA is preparing to unveil renovated Pauley Pavilion next month.
September 20, 2012 at 6:40 AM
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