2017-18 Pac-12 Men's Basketball Prospectus now online
With practices in full swing for the 2017-18 men's basketball campaign, the Pac-12 Conference has published its preseason prospectus previewing the fast-approaching season.
The Pac-12 carries considerable momentum into 2017-18 as the past two seasons have seen the Conference reestablish itself as one of the premier leagues in the NCAA.
Entering 2017-18, the Conference of Champions is primed to have the last team standing in San Antonio:
- The majority of preseason poll prognostications list ARIZONA as the nation’s team to beat, while USC appears inside the top 10.
- 2002-03 was the last time a Pac-12 program was the AP preseason No. 1 ranked team when Arizona was atop the poll.
- For USC, a preseason AP top 10 ranking would be its first since the 1974-75 campaign.
- New head coaches Mike Hopkins (WASHINGTON) and Wyking Jones (CALIFORNIA) joined the ranks of Pac-12 head coaches in the offseason.
- A combined 31 starters return to Pac-12 rosters this season, highlighted by All-Conference performers Allonzo Trier (ARIZ), Reid Travis (STAN) and Chimezie Metu (USC), as well as honorable mention selections Drew Eubanks (OSU), Jordan McLaughlin (USC) and Thomas Welsh (UCLA).
- Of the 59 freshmen entering the Conference, 19 are ESPN Top 100 and 247 Sports Top 100 signees, the second-most of any Conference in the country.
- The list of freshmen includes five McDonald's All-Americans - DeAndre Ayton (ARIZ), Troy Brown Jr. (ORE), Chuck O’Bannon Jr. (USC), Jaylen Hands and Kris Wilkes (UCLA) - which is tied for the most-ever in Conference history (2006, 2012).
- Oregon reached the NCAA Final Four, the first Pac-12 school to advance to national semifinals since 2008.
- The Pac-12 posted a 10-4 record in NCAA Tournament play, its most tourney wins since 2007 and the third-most of any league (ACC & SEC - 11).
- A Pac-12 program advanced to the Elite Eight for the fourth straight year, the only league to accomplish that feat.
- A national-best three teams (Arizona, Oregon, UCLA) finished in the top 10 of the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls.
- Four Associated Press All-Americans, the most of any conference in the country and tied for most in league history (1975).
- League record and national-best 14 selections in the NBA Draft, including Nos. 1 & 2 overall picks in Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball. Fultz was the league’s first No. 1 pick since Bill Walton in 1974.
- A league-record seven teams earned NCAA Tournament bids.
- Four teams ranked in the final Associated Press Top 25 poll, the most for the league since 2007.
- Nine teams finished season in top 100 of NCAA RPI, the most in Conference history.
What does the Pac-12 have in store for 2017-18? The league's coaches and players will answer that question and more at Pac-12 Media Day on Thursday, Oct. 12. In the meantime, get prepared for 2017-18 with the preseason prospectus.
- 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
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