Here’s a wild swing that will be updated later this spring, once the rosters are set.
As with the order-of-finish projections, the intent is to provide a broad framework of the conference in 2017-18:
Is the talent young or old, on the perimeter or up front, scattered or concentrated?
We’ll set the bar for accuracy low after my recent show of complete ignorance.
Silly me thought thought UCLA guard Lonzo Ball should have been named the Pac-12 Player of the Year in 2017.
All he did was change the trajectory of a program, make his teammates better by an order of magnitude, set a model for unselfish play and affect the game at both ends like few players in conference history.
The coaches voted for Dillon Brooks, so what do I know.
For the three five-player teams below, I’ve made the following assumptions:
* The Big Undecideds (Allonzo Trier, Chimezie Metu, Jordan Bell, Tyler Dorsey and Brooks) will all enter, and remain in, the draft.
* Bennie Boatwright, Kyle Kuzma, Aaron Holiday and Rawle Alkins could leave, too.
But for now, and for reasons that are more guesswork than anything, we’ll slot them as returnees.
Dates to keep in mind as this process unfolds:
The deadline for early-entry applications is April 23, the NCAA-mandated withdrawal deadline is May 24, and the NBA’s withdrawal deadline is June 12.
*** FIRST TEAM
USC F Bennie Boatwright
Utah F Kyle Kuzma
USC G Jordan McLaughlin
Oregon State F Tres Tinkle
Stanford F Reid Travis
*** SECOND TEAM
Arizona G Rawle Alkins
UCLA G Aaron Holiday
Oregon G Troy Brown
Utah F David Collette
Arizona C DeAndre Ayton
*** THIRD TEAM
Arizona State G Tra Holder
UCLA F Kris Wilkes
Colorado G/F George King
Cal G Charlie Moore
Oregon G Payton Pritchard
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