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July 28, 2007

A few notes and comments

Posted by Bob Condotta at 10:28 AM

Some good comments on the previous thread about my prospective All-Pac-10 team for next season, although just for the record, I was not on mushrooms when I put it together.

And please, no Josh Heytvelt jokes.

I'll respond to a few of the comments:

--- I thought about O.J. Mayo and I figure he'll make a big impact at USC. But I like the chances of Kevin Love being able to be more of an immediate factor due to his size and the fact that I think he'll have an easier time adapting with a lot of other talent around him. But as I wrote, it wouldn't surprise me at all if Mayo makes one of the teams by season's end.

--- I gave Tajuan Porter serious consideration, and close readers of this blog will remember I was one of his bigger supporters last season. But it will be interesting to see how well Porter adapts this season to not having Aaron Brooks beside him. I've heard Ernie Kent say he expects opponents to put a lot more of their defensive focus on Porter this season and Porter will have to make adjustments. Also, if Malik Hairston is healthy from day one, he could take up some of Brooks' scoring slack, which means Porter's numbers won't necessarily increase. I expect Porter to have a good year, but for now, I figure all the Oregon vets may be better-positioned to have standout years.

--- One of you asked about a Coach of the Year candidate. How about Arizona State's Herb Sendek? At the moment, I'd probably pick ASU ninth. But I also think the Sun Devils could make a huge leap with the return of just about everybody, and the infusion of a lot of good talent.

--- Speaking of ASU, several of you wrote that I should have at least included James Harden on the "guys who almost made it list'' and you're right, I should have. So let's consider him officially included as of now.

RECRUITING UPDATE: Between football and some other duties, haven't been able to keep as close an eye on basketball recruiting as I'd like. But it has been widely reported this week that highly-regarded forward Terrence Jennings is still seriously considering UW.

According to this story, Jennings has narrowed his list to Washington, Kentucky and Maryland. Jennings is a 6-10 forward from Mt. Zion in Durham, N.C., but is a native of Sacramento and has played this summer with UW recruit Isaiah Thomas, apparently striking up a solid friendship with the former Curtis High standout.

UW already has three commits for the Class of 2008 but is expected to take at least one more. Yes, that could put UW two over the limit for the 2008-09 season, but as is becoming our mantra on here on that topic, Lorenzo Romar always says he doesn't bring in recruits without knowing that it will all work out somehow. And so far when the Huskies have brought in more players than it appeared they had scholarships for, it always has.

Your speculation on how it could work it is as good as mine --- Quincy Pondexter going pro could be a possibility. Here's a 2009 mock draft from NBADraft.net that has Pondexter going No. 13. Yes, that's two years away, but it also shows that Pondexter still has the eye of the NBA despite some struggles a year ago.


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