Daily Dribble: Top 25 Players in the Pac-10

    
October 25th, 2007

Continuing with the sometimes controversial and sometimes not Top 25 rankings of the major conferences. The Pac-10 is not only full of quality college players, but it seems like half the league is a possible NBA draft pick.

1. Darren Collison, PG, UCLA - The best player on the country's best team
2. Chase Budinger, SF, Arizona - Could approach 20 ppg in sophomore season
3. Brook Lopez, PF, Stanford - Academic issues mar what should have been breakout year
4. OJ Mayo, PG, USC - If Kobe leaves town, Mayo might become the best show in town
5. Kyle Weaver, G, Washington State - Some consider Weaver a possible 1st Round draft pick

6. Ryan Anderson, PF, California - The Pac-10's top returning scorer (16.3 ppg)
7. Kevin Love, C, UCLA - Was once considered the top prospect in the '07 class
8. Tajuan Porter, PG, Oregon - Without Brooks, Porter must prove he can do more than just score
9. Taj Gibson, PF, USC - Length and strength give Trojans an edge up on most squads
10. DeVon Hardin, PF, California - Big-time pro prospect returns from foot injury
11. Derrick Low, G, Washington State - Second half of backcourt duo is no slouch either
12. Lawrence Hill, SF, Stanford - Put up almost identical numbers to more respected Budinger
13. Jeff Pendergraph, PF, Arizona State - Hopefully the addition of Harden and Boateng give him more room to shine
14. Bryce Taylor, SG, Oregon - Sliding down to the two should help boost his production even higher
15. Malik Hairston, SF, Oregon - Hard to imagine he's only an 11 ppg player now
16. Maarty Leunen, PF, Oregon - Versatile senior has improved every year
17. Josh Shipp, SG, UCLA - A year removed from major injury, must emerge as go-to scorer
18. Jerryd Bayless, PG, Arizona - He's the reason expectations are still high despite Wildcat losses
19. Quincy Pondexter, SF, Washington - If all goes well, could surge up this list by season's end
20. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, SF, UCLA - Good defender still working on developing offensive game
21. James Harden, SF, Arizona State - The most exciting talent to hit Tempe since.. ever?
22. Robin Lopez, C, Stanford - Overshadowed by bro, but is still a major force in paint
23. Marcel Jones, PF, Oregon State - Yes, there's actually a decent player on Oregon State
24. Jawan McCllelan, SG, Arizona - No reason he shouldn't score 15 ppg as a senior
25. Anthony Goods, SG, Stanford - Quality shooter had some great, but also ugly games

Next In Line

Robbie Cowgill, PF, Washington State - Won't wow with numbers, but still does a lot for Cougars
Justin Dentmon, PG, Washington - Had decent year, but Huskies probably asked too much from him
Daniel Hackett, SG, USC - Should emerge as one of the league's most improved players
Jordan Hill, PF, Arizona - Like Hackett above, should go from bit player to major force
Josh Tarver, PG, Oregon State - Wasn't ready for primetime last year, but still is quality talent

(Note: Jon Brockman was omitted from the Top 25 by mistake. He should have come in 6th behind Kyle Weaver. My apologies to all the disgruntled Washington fans!)