These are no Siskels and Eberts, but a handful of Pac-12 beat writers had the best – or worst? – view of what was one rotten men’s basketball season. Jeff Faraudo of the Oakland Tribune (Cal), Doug Haller of the Arizona Republic (Arizona State), Bill Oram of the Salt Lake Tribune (Utah), Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune (Washington) and Tom Kensler of the Denver Post (Colorado) join the Daily News’ Jon Gold for a roundtable discussion on what doomed the conference…and what it can do to fix itself.
9) Who is your pick for 2012-13 player of the year?
Jon Gold: Maybe it’s just husky to husky and Husky love, but if UCLA’s Joshua Smith and Washington’s Tony Wroten return, they split the award. Though Smith might want seconds.
Jeff Faraudo: Tony Wroten, if he stays and Terrence Ross leaves. Ross, if he stays and Wroten leaves. Or Jared Cunningham, if he stays and both UW guys leave. If all three leave, maybe UCLA incoming recruit Kyle Anderson.
Doug Haller: Terrence Ross. Something tells me he’ll return for his junior season. And with Tony Wroten gone, he will lead the Pac-12 in scoring. (If I had any faith that UCLA’s Joshua Smith would work his tail off this summer, he’d be my choice in a heartbeat.)
Bill Oram: Assuming the Beavers don’t fall apart (again) in conference games, Jared Cunningham, with Stanford’s Josh Huestis in the mix, too. I really think Huestis is on the cusp of being a great college player.
Ryan Divish: Hmm, that’s tough because you are basing that on a team is likely to finish in the top three and I really think either Terrence Ross and/or Tony Wroten will leave for the draft. If either returns that’s my pick. Otherwise it would be Jared Cunningham of OSU
Tom Kensler: Incoming Arizona signee Brandon Ashley.