Morning Buzz: Let’s Look At A Couple Of Those Pac-12 Picks

So the Pac-12 had a record 14 players chosen in Thursday night’s NBA Draft, including six in the first round. But I want to focus on a couple players. First, there is UCLA forward  Ike Anigbogu. He averaged 4.7 points and 4.0 rebounds last season. When I questioned his going pro two months ago, a couple writers assured me he was going to be a first-round draft pick. Instead, Anigbogu was the 47th pick in the draft.

Who advised him? How about actually starting for a season before leaping toward the NBA draft?

Then there is Cal forward Ivan Rabb. He was considered a lottery pick a year ago but came back for his sophomore season and slid to the 35th pick. Maybe it hurt Rabb that he measured  6-8¾ instead of his announced 6-11. But coming back to college, which seemed a wise decision, hurt his prospects. Still, I will take Rabb, who thought he needed another year in college, over Anigbogu, who never delivered in college and still went pro.

SELECTIONS BY CONFERENCE
1. Pac-12 – 14 – 6 first round
ACC – 14 – 10 first round
3. Big 12 – 6 – 2 first round
4. Big Ten – 4 – 3 first round
SEC – 4 – 3 first round
6. The American – 3 – 0 first round
Big East – 3 – 2 first round
8. WCC – 2 – 1 first round
9. Horizon – 1 – 0 first round

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NBA Draft Talk

So will the Lakers take Lonzo Ball? Will they acquire Paul George? Will they keep their late-first round picks? Will there be any surprises? You can talk about the draft here.

UPDATED: Yes, the Lakers take Ball. Let’s hope the media stops talking to Lavar Ball. Yeah, right.

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Is Playing Second Fiddle At USC Better Than Starting Elsewhere?

Quarterback Brevin White and the Alemany football team remain in the No. 1 spot in the Daily News Top 20 poll.

So Brevin White has been playing high school football in Southern California for the past three seasons. And USC suddenly likes him this week. I’m not sure what the motivation is for someone like White (or Jack Tuttle or whoever), when the recruitment only comes after Matt Corral decommits and more importantly, you enter USC as the clear second fiddle to Jack Sears. Wouldn’t White be better off going to some school where he knows he will play?

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Fred Lynn Makes Omaha College Baseball Hall Of Fame

Former USC star Fred Lynn will be inducted into the Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame on July 1. Lynn was a member of three USC teams that won NCAA titles and was an All-American in 1972 when he hit .467 in the College World Series. He is probably best known for being American League MVP and Rookie of the Year in 1975.

Lynn is already in the National College Baseball Hall of Fame. The Omaha version was created in 2013. The only other USC member is former coach Rod Dedeaux.

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Matt Corral Fallout, Continued

USC is now looking at quarterback Brevin White from Paraclete in Lancaster. White’s actually played at Alemany and Chaminade before his most-recent transfer. He is ranked No. 11 by Rivals among pro-style quarterbacks and has not been offered by USC yet. But USC is looking everywhere now that Matt Corral is going elsewhere.

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Cal Coach Justin Wilcox Gets $25,000 If He Beats Stanford

Cal coach Justin Wilcox signed a five-year deal worth $1.9 million per year. But the interesting part are two potential bonuses: Wilcox gets $25,000 if he can beat Stanford. And he gets $325,000 if he wins eight games.

How much should Wilcox get if he beats USC? It’s been 14 years since Cal last defeated the Trojans. So maybe if he did beat USC, it should be worth $500,000 since Cal’s won eight games and beaten Stanford in the past 14 years.

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USC Morning Buzz: Guess Who The Second-Least Experienced Team In The Nation Is?

USC has Sam Darnold, Ronald Jones, quite a bit of its front seven and three-fourths of its secondary returning this season. So I bet you would be surprised to learcn that analyst Phil Steele has the Trojans as one of the least-experienced teams in the nation, Let’s go to the rankings:

Rank Team PTS SR ST SR 2D JR ST JR 2D SO ST SO 2D FR ST FR 2D
126 Duke 52.0 7 1 7 6 6 9 2 6
127 Illinois 46.0 6 1 6 6 7 8 3 7
127 Michigan St 46.0 3 3 5 9 10 5 4 5
129 USC 44.0 4 2 11 3 5 6 2 11
130 Michigan 40.0 4 2 5 5 11 4 2 11

No one would be surprised if Michigan and USC made the College Football Playoff despite these rankings. And now for the top five teams:

  1. Air Force
  2. Navy
  3. Southern Miss
  4. East Carolina
  5. Akron

Anyways, check out Steele’s full rankings here

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Nick Young Becomes A Free Agent

Lakers guard Nick Young has elected not to exercise his option to extend his contract and becomes an unrestricted free agent. So Young, a former USC guard, outlasted D’Angelo Russell by a day.

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Sam Darnold Attending Manning Passing Academy

USC quarterback Sam Darnold will be at the Manning Passing Academy this weekend in Thibodaux, La. The academy is run by Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning.

Previous USC quarterbacks Matt Barkley and Cody Kessler also attended. Darnold will be a counselor but college quarterbacks usually take part in a passing competition too.

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Matt Corral Fallout, Continued

Since it seems USC must sign a QB even with Matt Corral going elsewhere, who is left? One possibility is Justin Fields, the No. 1-ranked dual threat QB in the nation according to Rivals. Fields is considering Florida, Florida State, Auburn, Georgia and North Carolina.

USC has not even offered Fields a scholarship yet. And this is the mystery: If USC wanted to back off Corral, it should have been working behind the scenes with other quarterbacks. Not offering Jack Tuttle on Saturday morning.

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