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June 16, 2008 1:21 PM

Cal's Anderson, UCLA's Mbah a Moute stay in draft, Budinger stays in school (UPDATED)

Posted by Bob Condotta

Cal's hopes for next season suffered a pretty significant blow today as Ryan Anderson has apparently decided to stay in the NBA Draft, according to And here's the release from Cal.

Anderson averaged 21.1 points and 9.9 rebounds last year for the Bears, who will have a new coach in former Stanford head man Mike Montgomery.

UCLA also lost a player as Luc Richard Mbah a Moute said he will stay in the draft as well.

Budinger is a surprise given all the reports that he appeared to be on his way out. Obviously a big boost for Arizona and one that keeps the Wildcats among the top tier of Pac-10 teams (after UCLA) heading into the season with Cal now slipping back to the pack.

GARCIA IS A 2009 RECRUIT --- To make clear for those who asked, Charles Garcia will come in for the 2009-10 season. He will play this season as a sophomore at Riverside and then come in for 2009. UW does not plan on adding any more players for the 2008-09 season other than possibly walk-ons.

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Posted by Mix

1:38 PM, Jun 16, 2008

AWESOME! Anderson was the scariest player I've seen in the Pac10 in the past decade... he just had that, I'm going to score 30pts and score whenever I want look to him.... and he was never ever in foul trouble, not sure anything can be anymore annoying than that...

Pac10 Rankings:
- UW
- Arizona
- Cal
- 'Ferd
- Oregon

Posted by 206er

1:52 PM, Jun 16, 2008

i don't see how cal can compete this season without anderson. the dawgs must capitalize on all these great players leaving. ucla, asu, and sc, will be good teams. after that things seem wide open and i think the huskies can get in the mix for a 4-6 slot, maybe even higher, and ncaa berth.

Posted by Dave " The Meatball" Armistead

2:24 PM, Jun 16, 2008

What a relief....starting to believe the Meatball MT Husky?

Posted by Randy

2:55 PM, Jun 16, 2008

Weird about the conflicting reports concerning Chase Budinger. But that just proves you can't base news releases on "this guy who knows someone acqauinted with..." type of reports. But this should keep Arizona in the top half of the PAC10 if Jennings is all he's advertised to be.

Cal on the other hand is going to have a tough time.

Posted by Dave " The Meatball" Armistead

3:09 PM, Jun 16, 2008

Randy- That is what the Meatball has been trying to tell people. There isn't any media source that has a grip on what's going on in Tucson, so since they don't know, they have been projecting that it's in turmoil. Actually, it's the exact opposite. Brandon Jennings, Nic Wise, Chase Budinger, Jamelle Horne, and Jordan Hill will be one of the best (if not the best) starting line-up in College Basketball, and our bench will have some needed depth with incoming players and returning players being healthy. It's gonna be a great year next year!

Posted by Mix

3:15 PM, Jun 16, 2008

Mbah a Moute is audi...

Meatball - there are still the odds that Jennings doesn't make it into school....

Posted by Dave " The Meatball" Armistead

3:39 PM, Jun 16, 2008

Mix- You guys can only hope that the NCAA will attempt to not allow Jennings into school. They are giving him 2 other chances to take the test, and like the other miis-information from the media, my sources close to the Arizona program tell me they are not worried at all about Jennings getting in. He might not even re-take the test, as the NCAA would have to formally accuse the testing facility and Brandon Jennings of wrong doing. Whether or not they currently have evidence is still to be determined.

And Mix, I don't really need to explain myself to someone that has Washington picked to finish better than my Wildcats for this upcoming Pac-10 season. Are you serious? Come on fella, lay off the super powerful blinding Koolaide, as the Huskies will be another experiment next year. They will have to rely too much on an undersized power foward in Brockman, and Romar has too many similar players and he fail again at finding an effective line-up. Unless of course you are in the party that believes another CBI home invite is success, you guys will be right where the meatball and bodog project. I said 8th, but their professionals said 9th in the Pac-10. I am interested to see which one of us is right.

Posted by Ziasudra

4:12 PM, Jun 16, 2008

Probably neither Meathead. Middle of the Pack (Pac10, that is). UW will be the most improved team in the league this year. Chasse is great news for U of A, but best starting 5 in the country? I thought i heard that UNC had 3 of its players pull out of the draft (not just 1, ala UofA).

Posted by mattysimone

4:23 PM, Jun 16, 2008

wow meat you hit that ....i thought there was no way and excited to talk trash...congrats

Posted by Tone

4:38 PM, Jun 16, 2008

UNC will be a rock in 2008/09...and by far the best starting 5 in the land.

R. Sallie headed to Memphis...what might have been had he stayed...

UW - a solid 4th.

Posted by patience

4:42 PM, Jun 16, 2008

glad to see budinger come back. it will make the dawgs two wins against the mildcats all the sweeter.

Posted by nate

4:44 PM, Jun 16, 2008

After looking at who is in the draft and who is out I really don't see the league getting more than 5 teams in the tourney this year. Here is how I rank them. The bottom five look to be pretty weak.

2. ASU
3. Arizona
4. USC
5. Washington
6. Washington State
7. Sanford
8. Cal
9. Oregon
10. Oregon State

Posted by Randy

4:53 PM, Jun 16, 2008

Uh Bob, the attached news article stats that Mbah A Moute is staying in the draft, not in school. What's up?

Posted by Pauley

5:13 PM, Jun 16, 2008

It looks like Mbah A Moute is leaving school, and not staying. UCLA will still be strong thanks in part to Trent Johnson losing top 25 recruit to UCLA (6'9" C Morgan).
Can someone explain to me how UNC keeps is 5 star players for multiple years? Is there a trick to recruiting college studs who are NBA tweeners or something?
The class of 05 has 1 top 10 player left in college (Hansborough). The class of 06 has 4 top 10 payers lef in college (Lawson, Ellington, Buddinger, and Paul Harris). The class of 07 has 2 top 10 players still in college (Singler and Calathes).
I'm going to bet UNC's class of 08 top 10 recruit Ed Davis stays at least 2 years (maybe 4 since he is a 6'8" PF).

Posted by the veggiesquare armistead

5:59 PM, Jun 16, 2008

meatball is STEADILY earning the credibility back that he lost a few weeks ago.................. good call on budinger meatball

Posted by Bob Condotta

7:40 PM, Jun 16, 2008

Whoops --- My bad there on the original Mbah a Moute link.

Posted by patience

8:11 PM, Jun 16, 2008

"meatball is STEADILY earning the credibility back"?


guess lute is also earning his credibility back by convincing budinger how "ridiculous" his nba aspirations were. rumor has it that lute promised not to walk out on his team this season!

Posted by doug

8:12 PM, Jun 16, 2008

WSU has 2-3 first rounders this year. UW will never acomplish this.

Posted by Joe_L

8:30 PM, Jun 16, 2008

That's okay, Doug. How many first rounders has WSU had over the past few years in total? UW has had a few.

Enjoy the season!

Posted by grant

9:42 PM, Jun 16, 2008

Romar should snag Aaron Dotson. Waiting around for Gaddy and Bradley to decide could cost the Dawgs some options (if the duo goes elsewhere, which seems like a possibility at this point). With Dotson we get a winner, a local kid, a quality player (4 stars, and I've seen him play, he's good), and someone is is not just one and done.I'd hate to see him go elsewhere while Romar waits to see what Gaddy and Bradley decide to do.

Posted by schmitty

9:47 PM, Jun 16, 2008

Doug - 2-3 first rounders? Please explain?

Posted by Wolf!

10:23 PM, Jun 16, 2008

I think he means 2-3 in the first rounds of the NBA DL?

I saw on ESPN's Chad Ford's top 45 no sign of WSU. lists Weaver as going 39th.

Posted by doug

10:25 PM, Jun 16, 2008

Weavs, low and possibly cowgill

Posted by Mix

11:33 PM, Jun 16, 2008

Weaver probably 26 to 40
Low maybe gets drafted.. maybe
Cowgirl will be lucky to even get invited to the summer league

so your best year might net 1-2 draft picks...

Posted by Cougfan

7:06 AM, Jun 17, 2008

Patience: Sorry to say, but you have become the biggest horses ass on this site. Congrats Meatball!!1

Posted by G

10:31 AM, Jun 17, 2008

COWGILL? are you kidding me? you guys from WSU are really stupid as f$$$? cowgill is too skinny and sucks, hes not kid. jebus u guys dont know anything about basketball. ask MEATBALL if he thinks robbie cowgill should be drafter? no wait then he'd die laughing i think....

Posted by Cougfan

11:00 AM, Jun 17, 2008

G: You are adding to all of the intelligent posts by your brethren. One person says maybe Cowgill and suddenly every Coug knows nothing about BB. I will put my knowledge of CBB against yours any day, any where...I will bet I have forgotten more about CBB than you will ever know.

Posted by schmitty34

2:48 PM, Jun 17, 2008

Cougfan - you are correct, G should not pin Doug's rediculous post on all WSU fans, but Doug does deserve to be called out for one of the funniest posts I've seen is a while.

Making fun of UW for not having 2-3 first rounders when WSU never will either...lucky to even have one anytime soon.

I like Weaver as a player and think he should go late in round one, so one first rounder is possible....beyond that would be a shock!!

Posted by Dave " The Meatball" Armistead

9:27 AM, Jun 18, 2008

The NBA is a different breed of animal, and a guy like Cowgill would never likely get nod. I would be surprised if Weaver goes in the 1st round; with his stuggles on the offensive side of the ball I see him being a 35-40 pick due to his defense and basketball IQ. If you can't score, NBA teams want you to prove your defense and tend to pick in the 2nd round. If Weaver gets drafted and makes a team, I think he can survive in the league a la Bruce Bowen, but he'll need to be able to consistantly knock down an open jumper. That is yet to be seen....

Regardless, the Pac-10 is well represented in both rounds of the upcoming draft. I think Kevin Love will be the biggest bust as he will never be quick enough to be an impact player, and he is projected in my opinion way to high. This will surprise many of you, but I think Jerryd Bayless will over all be a bit of a bust as well. He may have some break out games over the course of an 82 game season, but his lack of maturity and point guard skills will limit him in the long run. If I had the choice, I would certainly pick OJ Mayo over Bayless in an NBA style game.

Posted by mattysimone

2:18 PM, Jun 18, 2008

yeah bayless is great at times but after watching him play I thought he was a go the Oj route aswell

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