Pac 12 Basketball off-season rundown-
2011-12 Record: 23-12, 12-6
Incoming: Kaleb Tarczewski, Grant Jerrett, Brandon Ashley, Gabe York, Matt Korcheck.
Bottom Line: Josiah Turner is gone, but head coach Sean Miller returns plenty of talent while welcoming in one of the nation’s top freshmen classes. The Pac-12 has a great shot to rebound from a few down years and Arizona will be one of those teams looking to capture a conference crown.
2011-12 Record: 10-21, 6-12
Incoming: Kenny Martin, Calaen Robinson, Eric Jacobsen
Bottom Line: Jahii Carson. After sitting out all of last season due to eligibility issues, Carson is ready to go this season and that is great news for head coach Herb Sendek. Carson may very well be the Sun Devils’ top recruit and/or player since James Harden and there isn’t much doubt the future of Arizona State’s program lies in his hands.
2011-12 Record: 24-10, 13-5
Incoming: Tyrone Wallace, Kaileb Rodriguez, Khalil Johnson, Sami Eleraky
Bottom Line: Head coach Mike Montgomery recently signed a contract extension and the Golden Bears have had some productive teams in recent years. However, the loss of Harper Kamp and Jorge Gutierrez hurts, so Cal will turn to Allen Crabbe and Justin Cobbs to lead the charge.
2011-12 Record: 24-12, 11-7
Incoming: Josh Scott, Xavier Johnson, Wesley Gordon, Xavier Talton, Eli Stalzer, Chris Jenkins
Bottom Line: The top-100 recruits have arrived and Josh Scott and Xavier Johnson should present an instant impact for the Buffaloes this season. Andre Roberson is also back and that’s great news for Colorado fans.
2011-12 Record: 24-10, 13-5
Incoming: Dominic Artis, Damyean Dotson, Fred Richardson, Ben Carter, Willie Moore, Devon Branch
Bottom Line: Despite 24 wins a season ago, Oregon’s season ended in the NIT. Dominic Artis should provide an instant impact for the Ducks next season, but can Oregon compete with the league’s best?
2011-12 Record: 21-15, 7-11
Incoming: L.J. Westbrook, Cheikh Ndiaye
Bottom Line: Had Jared Cunningham returned to Corvallis, things would seem a bit brighter for Oregon State this season. However, Cunningham was selected in the first round of the NBA Draft and now the Beavers must look to replace his all-around production. That won’t be easy.
2011-12 Record: 26-11, 10-8
Incoming: Rosco Allen, Grant Verhoeven, Christian Sanders
Bottom Line: The defending NIT champions will look to build off their late season success heading into 2012-13. Chasson Randle will be the key, but top-100 recruits Rosco Allen and Grant Verhoeven should also provide instant contributions for head coach Johnny Dawkins.
2011-12 Record: 19-14, 11-7
Incoming: Shabazz Muhammad, Kyle Anderson, Tony Parker, Jordan Adams
Bottom Line: The issues and struggles at UCLA have been apparent recently, but the future is now for Ben Howland and the Bruins thanks in large part to a loaded freshmen class. Shabazz Muhammad, Kyle Anderson, Tony Parker, and Jordan Adams are all high impact guys that should instantly give the Bruins a chance at big things in 2012-13.
2011-12 Record: 6-26, 1-17
Incoming: Strahinja Gavrilovic, Brendyn Taylor, J.T. Terrell
Bottom Line: After a dismal campaign in 2011-12, the success of the Trojans this upcoming year relies heavily on their newcomers and eligible transfers. Jio Fontan is back from injury, but it’ll be interesting to see what transfers Renaldo Woolridge, J.T. Terrell, Ari Stewart can do.
2011-12 Record: 6-25, 3-15
Incoming: Jordan Loveridge, Dakarai Tucker, Justin Seymour, Brandon Taylor, Dallin Bachynski, Jeremy Olsen, Renan Lenz
Bottom Line: It was ugly at times for Utah last season, but a large recruiting class helps bring in a new era for the Utes moving forward. Jordan Loveridge should provide an early and often impact for Utah, as they look to improve in their second year in the conference.
2011-12 Record: 24-11, 14-4
Incoming: Mark McLaughlin
Bottom Line: The Huskies won the Pac-12 regular season title a season ago, but failed to qualify for the NCAA Tournament, adding to the disappointment that the conference suffered last year. Terrence Ross and Tony Wroten Jr. left early for the NBA, so head coach Lorenzo Romar must now turn to Abdul Gaddy and C.J. Wilcox.
2011-12 Record: 19-18, 7-11
Incoming: Demarquise Johnson, Richard Longrus, Brett Boese, James Hunter
Bottom Line: Believe it or not, Washington State returns the league’s top scorer and assist man heading into 2012-13. Brock Motum has emerged as a prolific scorer, while Reggie Moore guides the team in the backcourt.
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