Basketball: Catching up on Pac-12 offseason

A few items from the past week related to Pac-12 hoops . . .

   — Dick Vitale has four Pac-12 teams listed in his early preseason top-40, but Washington, Colorado and Cal are not among them. He’s got Arizona at No. 12, UCLA at No. 14 and Stanford at No. 38. I get all those, even if I’m sure they’re exactly where I’d place them. But Oregon at No. 37? Don’t see it.

   — The Ducks did get a verbal commitment from Texas prep guard Fred Richardson, their second spring addition.

   — Former Arizona PG Josiah Turner, who left the program after his freshman season a month ago, was arrested on suspicion of extreme DUI after allegedly running a red light in a car for which police could not find plates, insurance or registration, according to the Arizona Daily Star. Turner apparently told police he did not know the last name of the car’s owner and was never issued a drivers license.

   — Xavier guard Mark Lyons is visiting Arizona this weekend with designs on replacing Turner as the Wildcats’ floor leader next season. He’s also considering Kansas and Kentucky. Because he has one year of basketball eligibility left but will graduate this spring, Lyons will be eligible to play immediately wherever he lands. Transfer PG T.J. McConnell of Duquesne must sit out a season.

   — Utah added a late 2012 signee in 6-6 SF Dakarai Tucker of Serra HS in Gardena, the website Scout.com is reporting. Tucker is the Utes’ fifth signee for next year’s freshman class.

Jeff Faraudo

  • SteveNTEXAS

    I reported Vitale’s picks on here awhile back.

    Next year is when I predict the poor recruiting over the past few years starts to kick in. Our best chance to win the Pac 12 is to entice more of the Arizona and other kids to commit crimes. USC should not be a threat as they can’t even buy a decent team.

  • Oskidunker

    UCLA is always picked to rule the PAC 12> Whens the last time they were a factor?They will lose twice again to Cal.LMAO.