Not sure what we learned from Thursday’s Pac-12 Media Day other than California coach Mike Montgomery is still admittedly a nutcase a year after his health scare, Washington State coach Ken Bone wants more time to turn around the Cougars and Oregon State coach Craig Robinson has been stumping for his brother-in-law on his off days.
Here’s a roundup of yesterday’s events in a Pac-12 notebook. And here’s our story on Washington, which was picked fifth in the media.
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FRIDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Bone told the Spokesman-Review transfer Brett Kingma, the former guard from Jackson High School in Mill Creek, has been indefinitely suspended following an Oct. 20 arrest for possession of marijuana. Kingma, who is redshirting after transferring from Oregon, has not practiced since the arrest and Bone is unsure sure if he’ll ever play at WSU. Bone also tied the latest incident to the dismissal of senior guard Reggie Moore and alluded to policy changes in the program.
— Alaska Airlines Arena has built a reputation as one of the toughest places to play in the Pac-12. Just ask Arizona coach Sean Miller, who is 0-3 at Washington.
— Miller is rooting for every Pac-12 team in November and December.
— Arizona was picked first in the Pac-12 preseason media poll and Miller said: “It’s an honor for our program. It says something about how people see us. And that’s always a positive.”
— No. 13 UCLA has several options at point guard, including versatile 6-8 freshman Kyle Anderson, North Carolina transfer Larry Drew II and Norman Powell, the Bruins’ best defensive player at the position.
— After five years coach it looks as if Johnny Dawkins has finally built a conference contender and many believe the Cardinal can make a deep run in the NCAA tournament.
— California is going to rely heavily on a freshman, but not the player it expected.
— After just two years, Tad Boyle just might be turning Colorado into a basketball school. The Buffaloes are expected to announce a sellout for its regular-season opener against Wofford College, which is would have been unheard of before his arrival.
— USC Kevin O’Neill spoke highly of Jio Fontan at Pac-12 Media Day. “I feel like we have the best point guard in the league,” O’Neill said. “I would say that any time, anywhere.”
— Oregon senior forward E.J. Sinigler has been limited in practice due to injury and that’s bad news for the Ducks, which brings in nine new players.
— Doug Haller at the Arizona Republic gives a forecast of the Pac-12 race and predicts the all-conference team and awards. He picks UW sixth.
— Arizona State has an explosive point guard in freshman Jahii Carson. The Sun Devils had been a half-court oriented team under coach Herb Sendek, but now they want to run. Executing that plan is harder than imagined. “Opening the floor up in transition for Jahii is really important to our team, (but) I still don’t know that we have reached a point yet where we understand the mental and physical constitution that it takes to get out and run like that on a consistent basis,” Sendek said.
— Low expectations for Utah, which was picked to finish last.