Introducing the Preseason All-Pac-12 TeamsPosted by Connor Pelton on November 6th, 2012
Over the past four weeks we’ve been preparing you for the season with our team-by-team previews. Now, with ACTUAL GAMES tipping off this Friday, we close out our season preview this week with a number of superlatives. Here are the Pac-12 microsite’s predictions for this season’s all-Pac-12 teams.
- G Allen Crabbe, Jr, California - Already with one of the purest outside strokes in the conference, Crabbe has added an explosive drive to the basket and mid-range jumper to his repertoire. The hard work will pay off as Crabbe and fellow guard Justin Cobbs could very well be the conference’s top backcourt duo by season’s end. We think he leads the Golden Bears to a fourth NCAA berth in five years and is named to the all-Pac-12 team for a second consecutive season.
- G/F Shabazz Muhammad, Fr, UCLA - One of the most anticipated freshmen in recent Pac-12 history, Muhammad was nearly a unanimous selection by our panel of voters. The five-star freshman out of Bishop Gorman High School (NV) has the explosiveness of a three inside the paint, but the outside touch of a two. The seemingly effortless combination of those two things made him the most sought after prospect in the nation. The only thing holding Muhammad back from a spot on this list come March is a still-pending NCAA investigation into his recruitment. Assuming he is cleared before the season starts, we likely won’t see the star until UCLA’s November 19 game against Georgetown due to a strained right shoulder.
- F André Roberson, Jr, Colorado (Pac-12 Player of the Year) – Poised for a breakout season, we think Roberson will be the league’s player of the year in 2012-13. He’s without a doubt the top rebounder in the conference, and has a terrific ability to time blocks when an opponent floats something up in the lane. He has shown the potential to be a good outside shooter as well, making him perfect to be a prototypical three whenever he leaves for the NBA. Roberson has a chance to make a national All-America squad by season’s end if the Buffaloes make the NCAA Tournament.
- F Brock Motum, Sr, Washington State – Motum jumped from 7.6 PPG as a sophomore to a Pac-12 leading 18 PPG as a junior, so there’s no question he belongs on this list heading into his final year on the Palouse. He’s able to score a number of different ways, sometimes looking like Dirk Nowitzki with the crazy ways he puts the ball through the hoop. Motum will need help from a frontcourt lacking with talent in order to draw some of the attention away from him.
- F Solomon Hill, Sr, Arizona – Hill played out of position at the four for most of last season and still managed to make 27 three-pointers in Arizona’s final 17 games. He’ll be back on the wing for his senior campaign thanks to the additions of Brandon Ashley, Grant Jerrett, and Kaleb Tarczewski in the post. Hill’s shooting range vastly improved throughout the course of last year in Tucson, and we think it only gets better in 2012-13. Even better for a team that won’t lack in scoring options is Hill’s ability to rebound as a wing, something Draft Express has said he’s one of the best in the nation at.
- G Kyle Anderson, Fr, UCLA
- G Chasson Randle, So, Stanford
- G Mark Lyons, Sr, Arizona
- G Justin Cobbs, Jr, California
- F E.J. Singler, Sr, Oregon
- G Abdul Gaddy, Sr, Washington
- G C.J. Wilcox, Jr, Washington
- G Jio Fontan, Sr, USC
- F Brandon Ashley, Fr, Arizona
- C Aziz N’Diaye, Sr, Washington
- G Aaron Bright, Jr, Stanford
- G Jahii Carson, Fr, Arizona State
- G Spencer Dinwiddie, So, Colorado
- F Arsalan Kazemi, Sr, Oregon
- F Ricky Kreklow, So, California
- C Kaleb Tarczewski, Fr, Arizona
Players By School:
- Arizona – 4
- California – 3
- Washington – 3
- UCLA – 2
- Colorado – 2
- Stanford – 2
- Oregon - 2
- Washington State – 1
- USC – 1
- Arizona State – 1
Note: Oregon State and Utah did not have any players selected.