At first this one was tough. Leon Powe has had a monster season, but Roy's overall numbers were better. Roy scored 19.6 ppg, grabbed 5.8 ppg and dished out 4.1 apg. He had more assists than Gabe Pruitt and Ayinde Ubaka, tow All-Pac-10 point guards. He also shot .509% from the field. That number is staggering for a perimeter player. He made clutch shots and filled a leadership void left by Nate Robinson.
BEST COACH: Ben Howland, UCLA
Winning the Pac-10 could be enough for some to justify the award, but Howland did it while dealing with a number of injuries. He lost Josh Shipp early and had to juggle big men for much of the year. He was also able to integrate young players into key roles.
Also considered: Tim Floyd, USC; Lorenzo Romar, UW.
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER: Ayinde Ubaka, Cal
Ubaka is finally living up to the hype that he came into the Pac-10 with. He stayed healthy for the most part and all of his numbers were better. He averaged 6.4 and 6.1 points per game his first two years, but jumped up to over 14 this season. More importantly, Cal's win total climbed.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Marcus Williams, Arizona
I know the media picked Mbah a Moute, but Williams is my choice. He was the closest thing to a star in the rookie class. The last four games of the season, two where Adams was limited and two where he was out, Williams averaged 18.25 ppg. I know Mbah a Moute was among the league leaders in FG% and rebounds, but he was never the best player on the floor for the Bruins. That cannot be said for Williams who eclipsed 20 points four times and was over 17 points 10 times.
MOST DISAPOINTING TEAM: Oregon
You can put the Cats and Stanford on this list, but at least they finished with winning records. Oregon had a lot of talent and did nothing with it. Malik Hairston, Chamberlain Oguchi, Bryce Taylor and Aaron Brooks have the skills to be great wings.
MOST DISAPOINTING PLAYER:Nick Dewitz, Oregon State
Hassan Adams' last month of the season was bad, but he was stellar the rest of the way. Malik Hairston has not lived up to the hype, but he still averaged 14 points a game. Dewitz looked like an All-Pac-10 caliber player a year ago but his numbers dropped across the board.
TEAM ON THE RISE: USC
Watch out, Tim Floyd is serving notice. Despite a host of new talent, the Trojans finished 17-13 and beat North Carolina. All but two players are slated to return, including All-Pac-10 standouts Nick Young and Gabe Pruitt. Add freshmen Taj Gibson and Devon Jefferson, and you have a pretty good team.
TEAM ON THE DECLINE: Oregon
Ernie Kent was not able to build on the NCAA runs led by the two Lukes. He has some talent in place but the team finished just 15-18. He only loses two players, but the incoming recruiting class lacks star power. Worse, two elite 2007 players hail from the state but are not even considering the Ducks.
3. Brook Lopez, Stanford
Just slightly better than…
4. Robin Lopez, Stanford
his twin brother. Both are five-star performers.
5. Davon Jefferson, USC
Gets the nod because of the role he will play at USC. Will be called upon immediately.
Note: Harvey Perry of UW redshirted, but is another one to watch.
FIVE SOPHOMORES TO WATCH IN 06-07:
(These are players not on the All-Rookie Team)
1. Theo Robertson, Cal
Got lost a bit in the shuffle, but showed he can be an inside/outside threat.
2. Darren Collison, UCLA
If Jordan Farmar leaves early, Collison will be huge. Even if Farmar stays, expect the little guard to improve his numbers.
3. Lawrence Hill, Stanford
With Grunfeld, Hernandez and Haryasz gone, Hill could pick up a lot of the scoring load next season.
4. Alfred Aboya, UCLA
Expect Aboya to see more minutes on the front line with Bozeman, Fey and Hollins graduating. You could also insert Mike Roll here. Roll could see a lot more time if Arron Afflalo leaves early.
5. Fendi Onobun, Arizona
Had his redshirt pulled midway through the season and shot 67% in limited action. Future is bright, especially if UA's front line does not get better.
MOST LIKELY TO TURN PRO:Arron Afflalo and Jordan Farmar, UCLA, Leon Powe, Cal
A deep run in the NCAA's could propel both of these kids to the league. Both have some question marks, but both have a lot of NBA interest. Powe may be too short, but a good NCAA run and he could take a look.
Others who could jump:
Malik Hairston, Oregon; DeVon Hardin, Cal; Nick Young, USC; Marcus Williams, Arizona.