Results of the Pac-10 writers’ survey on men’s basketballby Anthony Gimino on Mar. 10, 2010, under Sports
Jeff Faraudo of the Oakland Tribune has compiled and published his annual survey on Pac-10 basketball from media who cover the league.
Some points of interest:
Arizona freshman forward Derrick Williams, in a tight vote of the 31 media members, was chosen as the Pac-10 player who will be the best NBA player in five years. Can’t argue too much with that, although I went with Washington State shooting guard Klay Thompson, commenting that “He’ll be nice and strong by then.”
Williams received eight votes, UCLA freshman forward Tyler Honeycutt got seven votes and Thompson had six, while several others split the remainder. Some jokester voted for Stanford women’s player Jayne Appel. We writers are a hoot.
Williams was, as expected, the landslide winner as the league’s top freshman. One of the writers’ comments: “Really mature game. Somebody check his birth certificate.”
Also notable is this question: Which team will win the 2010-11 Pac-10 title?
The winner: Arizona.
The Wildcats edged UCLA, with 13 votes to the Bruins’ 12. Arizona State had two.
Much still depends on how teams finish in recruiting in the offseason, but coach Sean Miller won’t have the benefit of modest expectations next season. The Cats will be expected to deliver.
One Pac-10 wag, while predicting Arizona as the best in the league next season, wrote: “Please, no. Make it stop. I can’t endure this again. Okay, okay. Arizona, but I’m not happy about it.”
None of the 31, however, picked UA to win the Pac-10 tournament, which starts Thursday. Washington is the favorite, picking up 16 votes.
The first instruction in the survey was to describe this unusual Pac-10 season in one word that is fit to print. I went with “Ishtar.” Check out the rest of the comments, and if you have a better one-word idea, leave it in the comments section.