Roundup: Aaron Gordon is a beast
Over the weekend, Team USA won the U19 FIBA World Championships and future Arizona Wildcat Aaron Gordon was named MVP. As such, it's time to talk about Aaron Gordon and Arizona. You might want to check out this dunk Gordon threw down off an alley-oop in the championship game against Serbia (it's No. 1, duh). Most importantly, he's from San Jose.
Gordon wasn't the only Pac-12er-to-be doin' work for the U19 squad, as future Romarite Nigel Williams-Goss scored 15 points in the gold medal game and averaged a team-high 2.7 assists per game for the tournament.
You check out gostanford.com yesterday? Looks different, doesn't it? It's all part of a movement by Pac-12 school websites to relaunch with fan-friendly features. Ten of the 12 schools are on board with this platform, and USC and Utah will follow.
Liking the new look of the athletic department websites? Can't get enough? Then admire the aesthetics as you read about the Sun Devils being well represented on the Maxwell and Bednarik Award watch lists, with Will Sutton, Taylor Kelly, Marion Grice and Carl Bradford being the reason for this release. Here's the complete list of Pac-12 players on the Maxwell and Bednarik lists, courtesy of Kevin Gemmell.
Well when you lead your team to a national championship, this kinda thing tends to happen: UCLA baseball coach John Savage was named the Baseball America Coach of the Year. The Baby Blue Bru Cru finished 49-17 and went a perfect 10-0 in the postseason, defeating Mississippi State in the CWS championship series.
OH YEAH! Don't you just love bigtime non-conference tilts? Add this one to the list of games to watch in 2013-14: Cal women's basketball will face UCONN in the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 22. 'Murica.
Hey Colorado fan, ever wonder what happened to former head football coach Dan Hawkins? As it turns out, Hawkins is saying "bonjour" to the CFL as the head coach of the Montreal Alouettes. Certainly an interesting read here (I'm asking a lot of questions of you guys today, aren't I?).
It probably wouldn't surprise you that three current or former Ducks made the first installment (25-21) of John Canzano's 25 most influential people in Oregon sports: English Gardner (No. 24), Ashton Eaton (No. 22), George Horton (No. 21), while Craig Robinson checks in at No. 23. Dude's been doing this list since 2008.
Big time congrats to former Beaver pitcher Matt Boyd for signing with the Toronto Blue Jays. He was drafted by the MLB's lone Canadian organization in the sixth round last month.
According to this prediction in an article from isportsweb, USC will represent the South in the Pac-12 Championship Game, losing there to the Quacks.
We told you about Jamie Weisner of Oregon State being named to this squad yesterday, so today we'll tell ya that incoming Ute frosh Emily Potter will compete with the Canadian Junior Women's National Team for the FIBA U19 World Championships in Lithuania later this month.
Let's take a look at a nonconference primer on Washington State football. Auburn, Southern Utah and Idaho on tap for 2013.