Assembling the Pac-12 Men's Basketball All-Century team
With the 100th birthday of the Pac-12 Conference approaching, Pac-12 Networks is celebrating its storied past of hoop legends with an all-century men’s basketball team to be revealed on March 8 in the ‘Pac-12 All Century: Men’s Basketball Team’ special.
Each nominee on the ballot was selected by each Pac-12 institution. Eight guards, eight forwards, four centers and a coach will be chosen for the team.
Panelists to help select this team include: Gail Goodrich, Marques Johnson, Brevin Knight, Adam Keefe, Will Conroy, Brandon Roy, Miles Simon, Kevin O'Neill, George Raveling, Ernie Kent, Gary Cunningham, Bill Walton, Jamaal Wilkes, Blair Rasmussen, Luke Jackson, Charlie Sitton and John Lambert.
Former California and Stanford men’s basketball head coach Mike Montgomery, who is a member of the panel and a Pac-12 Networks analyst, will have the very difficult task of narrowing down the list of all-century players.
“The Pac-8, Pac-10 and Pac-12 historically has had as many great players as any other conference in the country,” Montgomery said. “[Choosing the team] is going to be very difficult. There have been many great players, and to try to narrow it down to 20 is going to leave people off who deserve to be on. You just can’t avoid that. It’s been a great conference. Basketball has been historically fabulous over the years. It’s going to be really interesting.”
Former Oregon State guard and current Pac-12 Networks men’s basketball studio analyst Lamar Hurd, reflected on his time in the Conference as a student-athlete. Hurd spent four years with the Beavers before playing overseas in Germany.
“When I played it was the Pac-10, and it was such a coveted conference because it was 10 of the best teams across the country,” Hurd said. “When I was a kid, I grew up watching Pac-10 teams. They definitely had a national profile. You played against guys who every night you knew you’d be seeing them in the NBA at some point. For me, that was an honor to compete at the highest level every game day, and one that I still remember to this day.”
For more information on the men’s basketball all-century team, visit www.pac-12.com/100.