By Jeff Faraudo
Friday, June 26th, 2009 at 12:58 am in Basketball.
A year after having 12 players drafted, the Pac-10 had nine taken Thursday night. That’s 21 in two years — more than any conference in the country. By my count — and it’s late, so give me a break — the ACC and Big East also had nine players drafted.
Here’s the Pac-10 recap:
– 3. James Harden, ASU, to Oklahoma City
– 8. Jordan Hill, Arizona, to New York
– 9. DeMar DeRozan, USC, to Toronto
– 17. Jrue Holiday, UCLA, to Philadelphia
– 21. Darren Collison, UCLA, to New Orleans
– 26. Taj Gibson, USC, to Chicago
– 31. Jeff Pendergraph, ASU, to Portland (from Sacramento)
– 38. Jon Brockman, Washington, to Sacramento (from Portland)
– 44. Chase Budinger, Arizona, to Houston (from Detroit)
With the consensus perception that the conference will be down a bit next season, how many Pac-10 players figure to be taken in the 2010 draft?
Our guess is six (in no particular order): Patrick Christopher, Cal; Quincy Pondexter & Abdul Gaddy, Washington; Nic Wise, Arizona; Klay Thompson, WSU; Dwight Lewis, USC.
You taking over or under?