Pac-10 preview: League looks weaker
The Pac-10 has churned out NBA guys at an alarming rate over the past couple of years.
There was just no way around the league's having a down season at some point.
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This will be it.
USC's new coach, Kevin O'Neill, took over a thin team after Tim Floyd's departure. Sean Miller walked into a similar situation at Arizona after the recent instability in Tucson.
UCLA lost Darren Collison, Jrue Holiday, Josh Shipp and Alfred Aboya. Arizona State saw James Harden and Jeff Pendegraph depart to the NBA.
That leaves California and Washington as the de facto co-leaders, since both clubs return much of their teams from a year ago.
After that, it's anyone's guess.
6. Oregon State
7. Arizona State
8. Washington State
Small forward: Klay Thompson, 6-6, 200, Soph., Washington State
2008-09 stats: 12.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg
Power forward: Alex Stepheson, 6-9, 220, Jr., USC
2008-09 stats: N/A (transferred from North Carolina)
Center: Michael Dunigan, 6-10, 255, Soph., Oregon
2008-09 stats: 8.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg