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Basketball: Who are Pac-10’s most improved?

There are, of course, lots of ways to gauge how much a player has improved.

But from strictly the standpoint of increased scoring average from one year to the next (admittedly a one-dimensional gauge), three Cal players rank among the 11 most-improved players in the Pac-10.

Here are conference leaders (courtesy of the Arizona State sports information office):

Name, school                         2010    2011   Increase
1. Joevan Catron, Oregon           5.5      15.2   +9.7 points
2. Jorge Gutierrez, Cal               5.5       14.8   +9.3
3. Markhuri Sanders-Frison, Cal  3.3       11.1   +7.8
4. Matthew Bryan-Amaning, UW  8.8       16.5   +7.7
5. Jared Cunningham, OSU         6.2       13.8   +7.6
6. Trent Lockett, ASU                 6.7       13.7   +7.0
7. Nikola Vucevic, USC             10.7       17.5   +7.8
8t. Donte Smith, USC                 3.9        9.9   +6.0
8t. Justin Holiday, UW                 5.9      11.9   +6.0
10. Tyler Honeycutt, UCLA          7.2      12.8   +5.6
11. Brandon Smith, Cal              0.9        6.2   +5.3

Jeff Faraudo