*My* Northwest Hoops Pac 12 Starting Five

Guys To Watch!

When it comes to the ‘who’s who’ of the NCAA, the PAC 12 has been overlooked for a couple of years now.

While there have been a couple of individuals such as Terrence Ross, Derrick Williams, James Harden and Kevin Love who have excelled, the conference overall has been seen as lesser-quality than the rest of the top tier of the NCAA.

This year, there are a handful of names that highlight the PAC 12, and the Northwest corner of the conference will not be left out.

PG Abdul Gaddy (6’3″ 185lbs, Sr, Washington Huskies)

As a highly recruited guard out of Bellarmine Prep School, it was almost expected that Abdul Gaddy would be entering his second or third year in the NBA—not trying to salvage a resume that might land him in the second round of the 2013 NBA draft.

That being said, in terms of a pure ball distributor, Gaddy receives top billing in the PAC 12.  Averaging 5.2 assists and eight points, Gaddy will need to have an impressive year for Coach Lorenzo Romar; one worthy of such early praise.

SG C.J. Wilcox (6’5″ 185lbs, Jr, Washington Huskies)

After playing third wheel to Terrence Ross and Tony Wroten, the Huskies are now C.J. Wilcox‘s team.

As one of, if not the best shooter in the PAC 12, Wilcox averaged 14.2 points last year and could easily see that number increase by 3-5 ppg this season, as the team lacks any secondary source of scoring; and Romar will give him the green light as soon as the ball touches his hands.

Regardless of how the Huskies finish the year, look for Wilcox to join his former teammates in the big leagues next season.

SF E.J. Singler (6″6″ 215lbs, Sr, Oregon Ducks)

Although E.J. Singler is related to a Duke alumni, it shouldn’t be held against him as he easily makes the Northwest starting five as the unquestioned leader of the Ducks.

With the size and talent to play in both the backcourt and frontcourt for Coach Dana Altman, Singler is the statistical leader of the team with 13.6 points and 5.6 rebounds.

Able to hit from deep, Singler allows the Ducks to play a bigger lineup if needed.  Unfortunately from a team standpoint, there isn’t much else going on for the Ducks this season, despite Singler’s best efforts.

PF Devon Collier (6’8 215lbs, Jr, Oregon State Beavers)

As one of the better frontcourt products that OSU has produced in the last few years, Collier’s 13.2 points and 5.2 rebounds as a sophomore was second only to Jared Cunningham last year.

Collier has the ability to play at the NBA level, however, he unfortunately falls into the dreaded “tweener” category; being too big and having limited range/handles/quickness keeps him away from small forward, while he’s also too small to play the NBA power forward.

Fortunately for Coach Craig Robinson, it is what Collier can provide the Beavers this year that is important.  If Collier can grow as a player in his weaker areas, the Beavers might make the final 68.

PF/C Brock Motum (6’10” 245lbs, Sr, Washington State Cougars)

The PAC 12 is void of any dominant center, but at 6’10”, Brock Motum more than fits the bill for a starting big man.

Turning down the opportunity to play pro this season, Motum returns his 18 points and 6.4 rebounds to Pullman.  While he isn’t the typical low post player, Motum’s size and athletic ability allows for mismatches on both ends of the court.

Although chances are the Cougars will struggle this year, Motum could be penciled in (using dark lead) for the PAC 12 Player Of The Year.

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