A lot can happen between now and the college basketball season, but it is never too early to take a look at what the All-Pac-10 team could look like next March. The league loses some great players like Quincy Pondexter, Nick Wise, Patrick Christopher and Jerome Randle but return most of the top players in the league.
2010-11 Pre-Summer All-Pac-10 team
Ty Abbott – ASU – Abbott was ASU’s best player a year ago and will again lead a Sun Devil squad that should still be solid. Their system will keep him from scoring a ton, but expect him to be in the 13 points a game range.
Matthew Bryan-Amaning – Washington -The big man scored in single figures (8.8 ppg) but got better as the year progressed. He scored in double figures in nine of the final 14 games and was nine points or better in 11 of them. He averaged 13 ppg in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. He may be the most tenuous of the picks as bigs like Josh Smith (UCLA) or Michael Dunnigan (Oregon) could take his spot.
Jeremy Green – Stanford – Got overshadowed by Landry Fields, but averaged nearly 17 points a game and will have to carry some of Fields’ load on a team that should have more overall talent.
Calvin Haynes – Oregon State – Haynes is underrated, but plays on a bad team. Should be better as a senior, but is not a lock for this team with some talented freshmen guards coming into the league and other young guards will start getting their shot to lead.
Tyler Honeycutt – UCLA – I almost put Malcolm Lee in this spot, but went with Honeycutt. He missed a lot of time with injuries but wound up leading the Bruins in rebounding and will likely see his scoring average increase a lot in his sophomore season.
Reggie Moore – Washington State – May be the best pure point guard in the Pac-10.
Reeves Nelson – UCLA – Injuries hampered him towards the end of the year (see teammate Tyler Honeycutt as well) but was playing from the middle of December on. I’ll ignore the bad tattoos.
Isaiah Thomas – Washington – I am not a fan of his all around game as I feel he shoots too much, but there is no denying his ability to fill it up.
Klay Thompson – Washington State – My odds on favorite to win Player of the Year. A great scorer on a team that could be improved.
Derrick Williams – Arizona – As good as Williams was a year ago, he should be better as a sophomore. If the Wildcats can get him some help in the middle, he could be the most dangerous player in the league.
Just missing the cut:
Jorge Guiterrez – Cal, Michael Dunnigan – Oregon, Malcolm Lee – UCLA, Josh Smith – UCLA, Abdul Gaddy – Washington, Dwight Powell – Stanford, Terrence Jones – Washington, Terrence Ross – Washington, Kyle Fogg – Arizona
Notes: I actually think Jones will be on this team, but left him off due to the fact that he has yet to sign a LOI with the Huskies. Josh Smith is also a very likely freshman IF he comes into the year in-shape and motivated.