To tip off the Pac-12 men’s college basketball season, which begins Friday, we present the first – and quite possibly the last – Pac-12 coaches survey.
We asked every coach in the conference a dozen questions and tallied their responses. We hope their take on the league provides an interesting and insightful preview of the upcoming season. The coaches were given anonymity, which we hoped would spur them to give their true opinions. We also allowed them to vote for anyone in the league, which in hindsight wasn’t a great idea. If we do this again next year, we’ll change that stipulation along with some of the questions.
Anyway for a first attempt, we think it’s an intriguing examination of the Pac-12. Some responses you might expect. Others came out of left field. When coaches didn’t have a response, you’ll see a N/A which means No Answer.
Arizona State’s Jahii Carson garnered the most votes in three categories – more than anyone in the conference – including the Pac-12’s best guard. Washington’s C.J. Wilcox was voted the league’s top wing player and Stanford’s Dwight Powell was selected the best big man.
It was difficult to get the coaches to agree on any topic, but they formed the biggest consensus when asked which team will win the Pac-12 regular-season title (Arizona) and which newcomer will have the biggest impact this season (Wildcats freshman Aaron Gordon).
Please give us your feedback. Again, next year we’ll switch a few questions and we’re looking for suggestions.
PAC-12 COACHES SURVEY
Which team will win the Pac-12 regular-season title?
— Arizona (7), N/A (3), Oregon and Stanford
If you were starting a team today and could sign any player in the Pac-12 who would it be?
— Jahii Carson (3), Spencer Dinwiddie (2), Aaron Gordon (2), Kyle Anderson, Roberto Nelson, Omar Oraby, Dwight Powell and C.J. Wilcox.
Which player forces opposing coaches to make the most adjustments?
— Jahii Carson (6), Kyle Anderson (2), Dwight Powell (2), Angus Brandt and N/A.
Which player is most likely to have a breakout year this season?
— Spencer Dinwiddie (2), Jordan Bachynski, Anthony Brown, Jahii Carson, Justin Cobbs, Jordan Loveridge, Shaquielle McKissic, Mike Moser, Omar Oraby, Travis Wear and C.J. Wilcox.
Who is the best guard in the Pac-12?
— Jahii Carson (5), Spencer Dinwiddie (3), N/A, Justin Cobbs, Chasson Randle and C.J. Wilcox.
Who is the best wing in the Pac-12?
— C.J. Wilcox (5), Damyean Dotson (2), N/A (2), Jordan Adams, Josh Huestis and Nick Johnson.
Who is the best big man in the Pac-12?
— Dwight Powell (6), Jordan Bachynski (2), Aaron Gordon, Omar Oraby, Travis Wear and N/A.
Which newcomer will have the biggest impact this season?
— Aaron Gordon (7), N/A (2), Jabari Bird, Jermaine Marshall and Delon Wright.
Which player would you want taking a shot with the game on the line?
— Jordan Adams (2), Jahii Carson (2), Spencer Dinwiddie (2), Justin Cobbs, DaVonte Lacy, Brandon Taylor, J.T. Terrell, C.J. Wilcox and N/A.
Who is the best coach in the Pac-12?
— Mike Montgomery (5), N/A (5), Lorenzo Romar and Herb Sendek.
Which team has the best home-court advantage?
— Washington (4), Arizona (3), Colorado (3) and N/A (2).
What would you do with the NCAA transfer rule?
— Everybody sits out a year (6), Get rid of it (2), Keep it the same (2) and N/A (2).