Got my copy of Athlon Sports magazine today and Cal is tabbed to finish second behind UCLA in the Pac-12 Conference. Arizona is picked third with Oregon fourth over Washington in a minor surprise.
The rest of the Pac: 6. OSU; 7. Stanford; 8. USC; 9. ASU; 10. Utah; 11. WSU; 12. Colorado.
Allen Crabbe and Jorge Gutierrez are part of Athlon’s five-man preseason all-conference team, joined by Reeves Nelson and Joshua Smith of UCLA and Terrence Ross of Washington. Crabbe is tabbed as the nation’s seventh-best scorer but, curiously, is left off a top-10 list of top shooters.
Cal’s Harper Kamp is a second-team pick, along with San Leandro HS grad Jared Cunningham of Oregon State.
The magazine picks UCLA’s Smith to win Player of the Year honors and Gutierrez as Defensive Player of the Year.
Athlon predicts the top five Pac-12 finishers will make the 68-team NCAA tournament final, with the Bears reaching the second round of the tournament.