At The Turn All-Pac-10 Team

Let the debate begin. As the first half of the Pac-10 season is now over, here are the 10 players who I feel had the best conference season so far.

Arron Afflalo*, G, UCLA The best player on the best team. Afflalo has been terrific in the clutch. He may be most remembered for hitting the game winner against USC, but whenever the Bruins need a big bucket, Afflalo seems to get the call. More often than not he gets the job done.

Ryan Anderson*, PF, California Right now Anderson is the best freshman in the league. In the absence of Devon Hardin, Anderson has put the Bears on his back. He has scored in double figures in every league game and over seven rebounds.

Aaron Brooks, G, Oregon The best player in the league? Certainly the most clutch. Brooks hit the game winners against UCLA and Arizona and leads the Pac-10 in scoring.

Darren Collison*, G, UCLA Right now Collison is probably the best pure PG in the league. He can score, dish and defend. His consistency is the key for UCLA.

Taj Gibson, PF, USC The athletic big man for the Trojans has been scoring, rebounding and making shooters think twice before entering the paint.

Lawrence Hill, F, Stanford Stanford is for real and the combo forward has been the key. He leads the Cardinal in scoring and is tied for the team lead in rebounding.

Mustafa Shakur*, PG, Arizona Even with the Wildcats' recent struggles, the senior point guard has been mostly steady. He's averaged 7.7 assists in league games, even with the Wildcat shooters struggling.

Marcus Williams, SF, Arizona The other bright spot for the scuffling Wildcats. He's scoring and hitting the boards for the Wildcats and becoming their go-to guy of late.

Kyle Weaver, G, Washington State With apologies to Derrick Lowe, Weaver is the heart and soul of the resurgent Cougars.

Nick Young*, G, USC One of the best scorers in the league, he's scored 18 or more five times in Conference play.

* denotes a place on the pre-conference All-Pac-10 team

Just missing:

Marcel Jones, SF, Oregon State
Ayinde Ubaka*, PG, Cal
Bryce Taylor*, SG, Oregon
Spencer Hawes, C, Washington
Ivan Radenovic*, PF, Arizona
Maarty Leunen, C, Oregon
Derrick Lowe*, G, Washington State


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