Pac-12 Preview: Pretenders

With the movement in the Pac-12 over, it is time to look at what is left on each team. Which teams need some work to compete for a title? Which has the best freshmen coming in?

Now that the movement in the Pac-12 is likely over, it is time to look at what the teams have been left with.

after looking at the favorites, now it is time to look at the teams that may win some games, but likely are not good enough to win the conference.


Oregon State

Losing: Calvin Haynes, Omari Johnson, Daniel Deane, Lathen Wallace

Gaining: Daniel Gomis, Charles Barton Jr.

One of the early favorites for most exciting player in the Pac-12 next season will undoubtedly go to Jared Cunningham. The dynamic point guard has a lot of tools to be special next season and if he is, then Oregon State can propel itself into the upper category of contenders.

Cunningham is surrounded by Roberto Nelson, Devon Collier and Joe Burton, who will all need to elevate their games for Oregon State to be successful.


Losing: Joevan Catron, Jay-R Strowbridge

GainingDevoe Joseph, Carlos Emory, Jabari Brown, Brett Kingma, Bruce Barron, Austin Kuemper

If there is any way for Oregon to have a good season it is going to rely on one or two players to really step up. First, Devoe Joseph is a transfer that can make a big impact and second is freshman guard Jabari Brown.

Brown is a dynamic player and has a chance to be freshmen player of the year. In fact, if Oregon is going to be any type of contender in this conference next year, Brown is going to have to put up those type numbers.

He is a great shooter and can get to the basket, so defending him is going to be tough for opposing teams.


Losing: Jeremy Green

Gaining: Chasson Randle

The big surprise here is Green deciding to go to the NBA. Green was Stanford's leading scorer last season and that is a really big hit. Coming back though is Anthony Brown, Josh Owens and Dwight Powell.

There are possibilities all the way around for Stanford, who is also getting Randle, a very capable point guard. It was a great pick up for head coach Johnny Dawkins and he now has a floor general to go with the weapons that the team already has. If there is a team that has a chance to jump in the upper realm of the conference, look for it to be the Cardinal.


Losing: Alec Burks, Cory Higgins, Levi Knutson, Marcus Relphorde

Gaining: Damiene Cain, Spencer Dinwiddie, Askia Booker, Jeremy Adams

It is hard to see exactly how the Buffaloes will do in their first season in the Pac-12, but it will be difficult since they lost the top four scorers from last season. Burks and Higgins were great in trying to revitalize CU basketball but will now leave for greener pastures.

The freshmen class has a chance to be better than expected as Dinwiddie, Booker and Cain are all solid players. Winning early is necessary for Colorado to be able to recruit its second biggest alumni market in Southern California.

As it is, it will be difficult for Colorado to have much success next season.

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