Basketball: Pac-12 representation nearly absent in preseason Player of the Year survey

Coaches in the Pac-12 Conference talked at last week’s media day about how they are confident the league is on the rebound. And, based on the potential for Arizona and UCLA to make a leap forward this season, it might be.

In fairness, the Pac-12 coaches say something like this pretty much every year.

My brethren in the sports writing world aren’t yet convinced.

As a voter for the Wooden Award and the Naismith Award, I participate each year in a preseason player of the year straw poll.

Results of this year’s poll of 55 participants have Indiana’s Cody Zeller as the preseason favorite, followed by Creighton’s Doug McDermott. No one else was even close.

And no one from the Pac-12 appeared on more than three ballots and only two players from the conference got any votes at all.

UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad, not even cleared to play yet by the NCAA, picked up one second-place vote and two third-place votes. Oregon’s E.J. Singler appeared as a third-place pick on one ballot.

No one else.

My votes went to: 1) Zeller; 2) McDermott; 3) Mike Moser, UNLV.

Here are full results of the survey.

Jeff Faraudo