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June 30, 2006

Rating the conferences

Posted by Bob Condotta at 3:07 PM

Remember in December, when the Pac-10 took all those hits for being a subpar conference?

By the end of the season, that chatter seemed long forgotten when UCLA made it to the final game, Washington to the Sweet 16 and the conference went a more than respectable 8-4 overall in the NCAA Tournament.

The NBA Draft is often used as another measure of a conference's overall strength, though it's obviously very misleading.

What makes a good college player can be vastly different than what makes a good NBA prospect.

Still, I thought it would be interesting to break down the first round of the draft by conference:

Here are the results:
Big East — 7 (including four from UConn).
SEC — 4
ACC — 3
Pac-10 — 2
Conference USA — 2
Big 10 — 2
Big 12 — 1
Atlantic-10 — 1
WCC — 1
Missouri Valley Conference— 1
(The rest were foreigners)

Not sure if any of that really means anything as take UConn out of the equation, and most of the conferences are pretty equal.

The Pac-10 had six players taken overall — four in the second round.

Here's a chart (PDF) from the Pac-10 media guide that details the history of the conference and the draft and shows that more players were taken this season than any year since 2002.

For the most part, the draft went about the way I thought it would for Pac-10 players.

The biggest surprise might have been Leon Powe slipping to 49th overall.

That makes it easy to assume he made a bad decision coming out.

But here's a story about Powe's draft that indicates that his agent — the same guy who also represents Nate Robinson, among many others — thought concerns over Powe's knee was the biggest problem.

If that's the case, that wasn't ever going to change and maybe it didn't matter whether Powe stayed another year or not.

Taking a few days away ...

The blog may go on vacation for a few days with the summer sun beckoning, so if you don't see much new here for a while, don't read into it anything more than that.

For those who want to know how Lorenzo Romar and Spencer Hawes are doing with the USA Basketball U-18 team, I refer you to this Web site, which is doing a great job of updating the action.