Hey everybody. Just checking in after a two-week vacation. We now find ourselves less than a month away from the beginning of fall practice. I’m getting more and more excited for my first year on the football beat as it gets closer and closer. In a little over two weeks, it will be Pac-10 media day in Los Angeles where, among other things, the media preseason poll will be announced. I will be voting soon and will share my choices with you.
A couple of thoughts about things that went down while I was away:
–After seeing the results of the NBA draft, I think it validated DeVon Hardin’s decision to stay in school. The draft was so deep, and six post players went among the top ten selections. Two others went in the first round. The draft won’t be as deep next season, and Hardin will have one more chance to prove he is NBA-ready. That could substantially increase his stock in 2008.
–It was nice to see Ayinde Ubaka get picked up for the Charlotte Bobcats’ summer league team. Ayinde is a nice young man who stuck it out through some hard times at Cal. It’s doubtful he will be on an NBA roster next season, but he certainly could play elsewhere if he chooses to do so.