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Basketball: Another big Pac-10 night

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?

Jeff Faraudo