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


  1. 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?

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

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