Washington State's Brock Motum might be the best player the casual college hoops fan doesn't know. Despite not garnering a lot of national notoriety, Motum led the Pac-12 in scoring last year and has made huge strides in each of his first three seasons on campus.
He is also a native of Brisbane, Australia, making the Cougars' summer tour of Australia all the more special for him as he was able to catch up with family and friends.
A lot has changed since the UCLA Bruins last hit the hardwood for game action. One, Ben Howland brought in the second-best recruiting class in the country that included two of the five highest-ranked players in the nation. Two, Pauley Pavilion's renovation is complete, meaning the Bruins can return to their hallowed home for the 2012-13 season after having to play "home" games off campus last year.
The Oregon Duck was the first in the conference to do a parody video to the worldwide hit "Gangnam Style," but it didn't take Colorado long to hop on board. The men's basketball team wanted to shoot a video to promote Buffs Madness (Colorado's version of Midnight Madness to ring in the new hoops season), so what better way to do it than to get down like PSY?
Arizona State head coach Herb Sendek made a big splash over the summer when he hired assistant coaches Eric Musselman and Larry Greer, both of whom have experience on NBA staffs; especially Musselman, who is a former head coach of the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings. While Musselman and Greer have been in Tempe for just two months, Sun Devil guard Carrick Felix can already see the dividends.
For the Utah Runnin' Utes, basketball isn't something you only do when you enter the Huntsman Center for practice or games; it's a way of life. Coach Larry Krystkowiak sees his players as mayors -- err -- ambassadors for the athletic department and the basketball program.
"I've changed the term, because it's a political term, and there's not always great mayors," Krystkowiak said at Thursday's men's basketball media day at Pac-12 Networks HQ in San Francisco.
Something is always going on in the chemistry lab that is USC coach Kevin O'Neill's office. Known for being a tireless worker, O'Neill is constantly devising new tactics to try to trip up future opponents. It's a big reason why Jio Fontan is such a huge supporter of his coach, whom he likens to a scientist.
It is well known that Oregon State coach Craig Robinson has a pretty important brother-in-law by the name of Barack Obama. The relationship was a popular topic at at Thursday's men's basketball media day at Pac-12 Networks HQ in San Francisco.
Robinson has done well to keep his basketball life and campaign life separate, up at 6:30 a.m. every morning with the Beavers while they get in an early morning lift.
Pac-12 Men's Basketball Media Day kicked off with an officiating seminar for members of the media. In the back row, all 12 players representing their teams today also soaked in the advice of Pac-12 coordinator of men's basketball officiating Ed Rush.
Media days are whipping through Pac-12 Networks HQ here in San Francisco. Last week, the women's coaches and players were in town. Men's basketball takes center stage this Thursday. The event will be live streaming on Pac-12.com starting at 10 a.m. PT.
Here are some storylines to follow on media day and the upcoming season:
- Arizona Men's Basketball
- Arizona State Men's Basketball
- California Men's Basketball
- Colorado Men's Basketball
- Oregon Men's Basketball
- Oregon State Men's Basketball
- Stanford Men's Basketball
- UCLA Men's Basketball
- USC Men's Basketball
- Utah Men's Basketball
- Washington Men's Basketball
- Washington State Men's Basketball
- Arizona State
- Oregon State
- Washington State
- Men's Basketball
We spend a lot of time planning planning planning here at Pac-12 Digital (not complaining) (but we plan a lot). Yet the best content almost always comes from surprises. Like when we asked our visiting coaches and players during last week's Women's Basketball Season Tip-off to sing their fight songs. No prep time, no second takes, just a whole lot of pressure from our producer.
Some might not know all the words -- or any of them -- but at least a few make up for it with some sweet dance moves. We're lookin' at you, Coop.