Roundup: Jakob Poeltl is comin' back to Utah
HUGE basketball news in the SLC –big man Jakob Poeltl is returning to Utah for his sophomore season. The projected first-round pick will instead look to improve upon his freshman stats of 9.1 points per game and 63 blocks with Coach K in 2015-16. Some other huge news in the SLC – Utah gymnastics coach Greg Marsden is retiring after 40 years.
While Poeltl has his mind made up, Stanley Johnson and Kaleb Tarczewski are still deciding on their futures, notes Bruce Pascoe of the Arizona Daily Star. It has been reported that Zeus is coming back for his senior year, but the big man hasn't made the official announcement yet.
Oregon tight end Pharaoh Brown is determined to play again, writes Kevin Gemmell. Brown suffered a bad knee injury against the Utes that nearly led to the amputation of his leg. Also, Oregon women’s golf leads after the first day of the Pac-12 Championships.
Meanwhile, the hosts of the Pac-12s, the Buffs, are eighth after the first round. Esther Lee posted a 5-over 76 but went birdie-par-par over her final three holes.
Nicole Auerbach of USA Today Sports writes that Arizona State hopes new basketball coach Bobby Hurley’s pedigree and up-tempo pace pays dividends for the Sun Devils.
So he’s been a linebacker, he’s been a running back, and on Monday, Myles Jack practiced at kick returner. Guess we might be whipping out that “Jack of all trades” line again.
SI’s Lindsay Schnell writes that Oregon State football wants to prove that it can compete with the elite. The new coaching staff appears to have things on the right track in the early going of its tenure.
Looking back on Cal’s spring workouts and spring game, Jeff Faraudo writes that Jack Austin has made himself a viable option at wide receiver for the Golden Bears.
Stanford lacrosse players Adrienne Anderson and Allie DaCar were named MPSF players of the week after the Cardinal’s weekend sweep of USC and San Diego State. Anderson was named Defensive Player of the Week, while goalie DaCar was named Rookie of the Week.
Lindsey Thiry features USC backup quarterback Max Browne, who is staying motivated and ready despite the fact that Cody Kessler is the clear No. 1 option at the position. That said, Browne will be in the running for the starting gig in 2016.
Adam Jude produces this link on Washington linebackers Scott Lawyer and Azeem Victor. They’re filling in some big shoes with John Timu and Shaq Thompson no longer in the fold. Special shout out to Lawyer, who hails from the best city in America (hint: starts with an “S” and ends in an “an Jose”).
In addition to being a baller on the court, apparently he’s a baller in the community as well: Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson is a finalist for the NBA Cares Community Assist Award. The Dubs beat the Pelicans 97-87 Monday night to take a 2-0 series lead, a game in which Thompson scored 26 points.