Pac-12 links: Arizona’s Aaron Gordon named U-19 World Championships MVP

» Incoming Arizona freshman Aaron Gordon took MVP honors as the U.S. U-19 team won gold at the FIBA World Championships in Prague. Likely a future top-five NBA draft pick, the 6-foot-8 forward led the team with 12.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game despite being the third-youngest player on the roster. Coach Billy Donovan compared Gordon’s energy and passion on the court to Joakim Noah’s.

» Brad Stevens is now the youngest head coach in the NBA — a title once held by Arizona State assistant Eric Musselman. He broke down a few key differences between working in college and the pros.

» Penn State guard Jermaine Marshall will graduate in August and transfer to Arizona State. The 6-foot-4 slasher averaged 15 points for the Nittany Lions, and should slide into the starting backcourt with Pac-12 Co-Freshman of the Year Jahii Carson.

» Pac-12 Networks is bumping up live coverage of non-revenue sports and developing a “Hard Knocks”-style series to follow two football teams. President Lydia Murphy-Stephans is still “not optimistic” about a DirecTV deal, however.

» Former Oregon All-American basketball player Charlie Warren died of cancer last week at age 73. A lifelong Eugene resident, he was known for his work with underprivileged children.

» After failing to woo Coach of the Year John Savage from UCLA, USC baseball committed to Dan Hubbs. Hubbs, formerly the team’s pitching coach, took over for Frank Cruz and guided the Trojans to a 20-36 record. Cruz had been fired in February for violating NCAA practice limits.

» Cal’s potential star guard Jabari Bird says he shouldn’t be compared to Allen Crabbe: “I would love to be half the shooter he is, but I feel I’m a better athlete and I can do other things.” He is the Bears’ first five-star signee since Leon Powe committed in 2003.

» Utah coach Kyle Wittingham and his staff have moved into the school’s new $32 million football complex. Athletic director Chris Hill said the Utes’ facilities will be “in the middle of the league or better” by their fourth year in the Pac-12.

» Dan Hawkins, whose Colorado football teams went 19-39 over most of five seasons, is now coach of the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes.

» The NBA fined four former Washington players $15,000 each for participating in the Huskies’ alumni basketball game in late June. The league’s CBA bars public offseason games without prior approval. Also, David Stern fuels himself on your anger and frustration.

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  • Bigwoof1

    Good summary of interesting news, Jack. Thanks.

  • Cliff Sakata

    Aaron Gordon is off the charts good. Too bad we pissed off his brother.

    • Bigwoof1

      That worked both ways, Cliff. I saw/met Drew in hs, thought he was a very pleasant young man with a lot of talent. Unfortunately, when he was a Bruin he had turned into a “black hole.” Once he touched the ball, no one else was ever going to get it passed to them. So he pissed off a lot of people including coaches and teammates. And he didn’t seem to be motivated to play defense. Not good for a team sport.

      • Bigwoof1

        Aaron, on the other hand is a fun loving outgoing kid who will fit in well in a team setting. Unfortunately he’s going to the mildcats, who I dislike, but he will be a lot of fun to watch, and good for the conference, although he could easily be a one and done.

    • maze949

      Drew was a spoiled, entitled brat who wasn’t HALF as good as he THOUGHT he was. Save your whining for BN…scrawny little punk Murshed misses you.

      • Cliff Sakata

        I don’t think you guys are necessarily wrong about your assessment
        of Drew Gordon. But are you so sure now based
        On what we now know about Howland?