How does Arizona basketball rank in Lindy’s preseason magazine?by Anthony Gimino on Sep. 02, 2010, under Sports
Just as the Arizona football season is ready to kick off, the college basketball preseason magazines begin to hit the stands.
As a contributing writer and editor for Lindy’s college basketball edition, I’m biased in that direction and would encourage everyone to pick up a copy for you and five more for your closest friends.
But, here, Arizona fans, beyond all the team previews and cool features, is the nitty-gritty of what you’ll probably be talking about:
The Wildcats are ranked second in the Pac-10 behind Washington and 30th in the nation.
Sound about right to you?
It does to me. Arizona can aspire for the league title, the Top 25 and a decent run in the NCAA Tournament, but those preseason rankings are probably at the high edge of what the Wildcats can realistically expect after a 16-15 season. No disrespect in those preseason judgments.
And here’s more — Lindy’s Pac-10 first-team:
G Ty Abbott, ASU
G Isaiah Thomas, Washington
G/F Klay Thompson, WSU
F Derrick Williams, Arizona
C Nikola Vucevic, USC
Williams, by the way, is Lindy’s Pac-10 Preseason Player of the Year.
There are a couple of ways to go with that — Thomas will be the best player on the best team and a top-notch scorer; Thompson could have a huge year if he and the rest of his teammates are better-conditioned to hold up late in the season in coach Ken Bone’s offense. But no argument here in the logic behind picking Williams.
FYI: I don’t have anything to do with the rankings; that job belongs to the always-dialed-in Frank Burlison of the Long Beach Press-Telegram. I did find it interesting/curious, however, that Lindy’s selected Arizona junior guard Kyle Fogg to its All-Pac-10 second team.
Burlison must have been paying close attention as Fogg dropped 51 points on UCLA in two regular-season games. But Fogg second team? He faces some new competition at shooting guard this season, and can he really improve that much on his 11.1-point scoring average?
OK, one final thing (and then you really have to buy the magazine). The predicted Pac-10 order of finish:
4. Arizona State
6. Washington State
7. Oregon State