When the NBA season began this week, six former Washington stars were among the 51 Pac-12 players on opening day rosters.
Every school in the conference has a former player in the NBA. UCLA leads the league with 12 followed by Arizona (9) and Washington.
The Pac-12 ranks third in the nation with the most players in the NBA behind the ACC (67) and SEC (57). The Big 12 (33) is fourth on the list followed by American Athletic (28), Big East (27), Big Ten (27), Mountain West (13), WCC (10) and ACC (7) to round out the top 10.
Here’s a look at the Pac-12 teams with the most players in the NBA.
UCLA (12): Arron Afflalo (Orlando Magic), Trevor Ariza (Washington Wizards), Matt Barnes (Los Angeles Clippers), Darren Collison (LA Clippers), Jordan Farmar (LA Lakers), Jrue Holiday (New Orleans Pelicans), Ryan Hollins (LA Clippers), Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves), Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (Sacramento Kings), Shabazz Muhammad (Minnesota Timberwolves), Earl Watson (Portland Trail Blazers) and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder).
ARIZONA (9): Jerryd Bayless (Memphis Grizzlies), Chase Budinger (Minnesota Timberwolves), Channing Frye (Phoenix Suns), Jordan Hill (LA Lakers), Solomon Hill (Indiana Pacers), Andre Iguodala (Golden State Warriors), Richard Jefferson (Utah Jazz), Jason Terry (Brooklyn Nets) and Derrick Williams (Minnesota Timberwolves).
Washington (6): Spencer Hawes (Philadelphia 76ers), Quincy Pondexter (Memphis Grizzlies), Nate Robinson (Denver Nuggets), Terrence Ross (Toronto Raptors), Isaiah Thomas (Sacramento Kings) and Tony Wroten Jr. (Philadelphia 76ers).
USC (5): DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors, Taj Gibson (Chicago Bulls), O.J. Mayo (Milwaukee Bucks), Nikola Vucevic (Orlando Magic) and Nick Young (LA Lakers).
COLORADO (4): Chauncey Billups (Detroit Pistons), Alec Burks (Utah Jazz), Chris Copeland (Indiana Pacers) and Andre Roberson (Oklahoma City Thunder).
ARIZONA STATE (3): Jeff Ayers – formerly Jeff Pendergraph – (San Antonio), Carrick Felix (Cleveland Cavaliers) and James Harden (Houston).
STANFORD (3): Landry Fields (Toronto Raptors), Brook Lopez (Brooklyn Nets) and Robin Lopez (Portland Trail Blazers).
CALIFORNIA (2): Allen Crabbe (Portland Trail Blazers) and Ryan Anderson (New Orleans Pelicans).
OREGON (2): Aaron Brooks (Houston) and Luke Ridnour (Milwaukee Bucks).
UTAH (2): Andre Bogut (Golden State) and Andre Miller (Denver).
WASHINGTON STATE (2): Aron Baynes (San Antonio) and Klay Thompson (Golden State).
OREGON STATE (1): Jared Cunningham (Atlanta).
FRIDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Isaac Hamilton took a spin of the NCAA hardship transfer wheel and came up bankrupt. The Los Angeles native who signed a letter of intent with UTEP last November as a high school senior before transferring this September to UCLA and signing scholarship papers won’t be able to play this season. The NCAA will allow him to practice with the Bruins and the freshman will have three years of eligibility remaining.
Hamilton said he wanted to play closer to home because his grandmother was ill. He asked UTEP for a release, but Miners coach Tim Floyd refused the request. He told USA Today: “”You recruit guys for three years, spend a lot of money, a lot of time, and you find out in July that they opted to stay home. We have to address those questions. He has a right to appeal but he also has a right not to sign a national letter of intent. If he didn’t want to sign a national letter of intent, he could have opted out. We’d have no issues. But he chose to sign it.”
— Stanford has one of the best big men tandem in the Pac-12 in Dwight Powell and Josh Huestis. The front line combo makes the Cardinal a trendy pick to claim a NCAA tournament berth in what is likely a make-or-break season for coach Johnny Dawkins.
— The battle for basketball supremacy in Los Angeles is an intriguing saga.
— Amusing and insightful Pac-12 preview by Grantland’s Mark Titus.
— Utah isn’t interested in entertaining its fans during tonight’s exhibition against Evergreen State. The Utes want to see vast improvement in a team that finished 15-18 last season.