Basketball: Bears picked second in Pac by Athlon

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.

Jeff Faraudo

  • SteveNTEXAS

    Kamp may surprise and be worthy of a 1st team selection. He has lots of experience and if healthy, lots of talent.

  • milo

    I think Crabbe might explode and make a run at offensive POY.

  • David

    I agree Milo. I think he’s going have a huge year.

  • rob bear

    CAL WILL WIN THE PAC 10 THIS YEAR. Lots of senior leadership and under class weapons (Solomon, Smith & Crabbe). Our biggest challenges will be internal, with respect to injuries and depth. If we handle those two, I think we can win the conference with a few games to spare. The schedule favors us and I believe Monty will have the team ready to go come late December, early January when it counts the most. GO BEARS!

  • I see this team with at most 2 losses heading into pac12 play: they may lose at UNLV or SDSU (although SDSU is WAY down this year) and they may lose to either Georgia or ND/Missouri in KC. But there is also a chance that this team runs the table to start the season. There really is no reason they SHOULD lose in the preseason whether on the road, at home or on the neutral site, no Kansas on the sched this year. This team may actually have a chance for 25-30 wins! And yes, as Rob Bear says: LOTS OF SENIOR LEADERSHIP!! Do not underestimate Jorge’s intangibles and DESIRE. Same goes for Harper. They are winners and so is Monty. This season stacks up to be great! Go Bears!

  • jim crow

    BSB, I love your optimism and tend to agree, if everyone stays pretty healthy and the non-starters play effectively, including both freshmen.