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

  • Nonplussed

    With the Pac-10 producing so many NBA players, why do you think it is that the league itself is rarely considered to be any better than the 5th rated league in the country?

  • Rocko

    One word! ESPN! I don’t remember how many times I heard them say after a PAC-10 player was announced “You may have neverhave heard of him”.
    Did you notice they usually went to commercial when a West Coast team was up next, except for the Lakers. ESPN tries to shove the ACC & Big East down our throats because they do their games.
    Same thing with soccer, who gives an F about that sport!

  • uh oh.

    Under, based upon that list I could see at least one of them not being drafted, and I don’t need to name names.

    Rocko – I give an F about that sport, especially tomorrow morning at 11am – if they were to win it would be the greatest win in US soccer history, no? Maybe the US pro leagues have not stirred excitement, but soccer can be a great game to watch. The World Cup is a fantastically fun event.

    As for conference strength – just start counting up which teams make the final 8, final 4, year after year. The Pac 10, it seems, IS on the downside of that argument. You use a measurement such as, in the past 20 years, each league was represented what % of the time, and use some adjustment to compensate for leagues with more (or fewer) # of teams. That would be a good “put up or shut up” analysis on whether any league is good or not.