Afflalo tested the pro waters but comes back to UCLA and should be there best player. He should lead the team in scoring and is the type of player who can take over a game. He's also a decent rebounder and will get his feet wet as a distributor if UCLA follows through in the plan to use him at point guard.
Sasha Cuic, 6-10, Jr., Oregon State
Cuic may be the best player no one has heard of. He's good scorer and a great outside shooter. He actually led the league in three-point shooting and should be THE top option for the Beavers this season.
Malik Hairston, 6-6, Jr. Oregon
Hairston has not lived up to the hype, but could anyone? All Hairston has done is come to Eugene and been an instant impact player. He led the team with 15.0 ppg and is sort of a poor man's Brandon Roy. All he has to do now is lead the Ducks to some wins.
Devon Harden, 6-11, Jr. California
Harden is now out of the shadow of Leon Powe and now he has to prove himself. He's the least productive player on this list and possibly the riskiest pick. However, there has to be a reason many NBA people feel that he is a better pro prospect than Powe.
Spencer Hawes, 6-11, Fr. Washington
There is no pressure on Hawes. All he is going to be asked to do is step immediately into the line-up and become one of the better big men in the league. The good news is that the Pac-10 lacks quality big men. The bad news is that Hawes underwent offseason surgery and will get a late start on preseason practice.
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, 6-7, So, UCLA
Mbah a Moute edged Marcus Williams for Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and now has to live up to the tag. The athletic forward played mostly at the four a year ago, but hopes to see time at the three this year. He's an outstanding rebounder and if he can improve his scoring a bit there may be more awards ahead of him.
Jeff Pendegraf, 6-10, So. ASU
The best player on a bad team, Pendegraf could either put up huge numbers as the primary weapon or could suffer because he has next to no help.
Ayinde Ubaka, 6-4, Sr. California
Last year he was the most improved player, now he wants to be among the league's best. With Powe and Richard Midgely gone, he'll be asked to score more this year for the Bears.
Marcus Williams, 6-7, So. Arizona
Many are shocked he didn't jump to the NBA. Some feel he was snubbed for Conference Freshman of the Year, now he has his eyes on the Player of the Year honors.
Nick Young, 6-6, Jr. USC
Without Gabe Pruitt for the semester and Ryan Francis, Young will be called upon to take a bigger load. He could actually increase his 17.3 ppg average and will have to lead the Young Trojans until Pruitt can rejoin the team or the underclassmen grow up.
Also under consideration: Ivan Radenovic (Ariz), Mustafa Shakur (Ariz), Aaron Brooks (Ore), Chamberlain Oguchi (Ore), Brook Lopez (Stanford), Robin Lopez (Stanford), Josh Shipp (UCLA), Gabe Pruitt (USC), Justin Dentmon (Wash), Jon Brockman (Wash), Robbie Cowgill (WSU)