As a conference, Pac-12 Basketball did not recruit as well as they played the court. Just like the teams on the court, the recruits at the top are among the best in the nation.
The Pac-12 had a very solid season, ranked third among the conferences in RPI they put together a non-conference record of 113-40. All-in-all, looking back they have to be pleased, with Oregon leading the pack with UCLA, USC, and Arizona State not far behind in the standings the attention turns to 2020-21. Every team has a renewed hope and unfettered aspirations of not only being the best in Pac-12 Basketball but having another great season overall.
The PAC-12 will be losing their top three scorers, their Player of the Year, and Rooke of the Year. They may also lose their Most Improved Player and their Sixth Man of the Year as they have both declared early for the NBA Draft. Despite having just two seniors named to the All-Pac-12 First Team, all ten currently have their names in the draft, with only four projected not to withdraw prior to the deadline.
It may be more of a case of “out with the older and in with the new” than anything else, but the 2020 class of recruits aim to maintain the standards. The conference will welcome 32 new players into their ranks, four of them dubbed as a five-star by scouts. When it comes to recruiting class rankings, Arizona leads the Pac-12 and sits at number thirteen in the NCAA according to rivals.com.
In the days of college basketball past, we would be anointing these 15 players as the future of the Pac-12. But in today’s NCAA, the future is now and if you are good enough you only stay around to see the future if you choose.