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Highlights from each school’s Pac-12 media day session

USC: The Trojans have six new players this season, including highly-touted freshman point guard Jordan McLaughlin. Head coach Andy Enfield expects McLaughlin, ranked No. 4 nationally among point guard recruits by ESPN, to contribute immediately.

“Jordan is a terrific student-athlete,” Enfield said. “He's a student of the game. He understands where his teammates need to be. He lead's by example, he's a very hard worker, he has an amazing attitude … We're expecting big things from him. I think he came to USC for that opportunity, to be relied upon as a freshman. He'll have that opportunity as a freshman.

WSU: DaVonte Lacy is known for feeling a kinship with the jungle's king. He has a huge lion tattoo on his left arm that reads “Soul of a Lion” and his philosophy on social media is that a “lion does not concern himself with the opinions of sheep.”

It sounds like new Cougars coach Ernie Kent may have found his spirit animal as well.

“Having been out of (coaching) for four years, the definition I use, I feel like I've been a big bear in hibernation and now you get a chance to come out and eat!” Kent said.

We have more Pac-12 media day highlights after the jump.

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott addressed the media before the players and coaches came to the podium at Pac-12 media day. Here is a transcription of his remarks, courtesy of the Pac-12:

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Wednesday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — Today got a lot more interesting with the news yesterday that a pair of players will transfer from the Washington State men's basketball program. Their open scholarships, along with that of signee Jermaine Morgan who will be released from his National Letter of Intent, mean that WSU could sign as many as four players in the late signing period, which runs from today until May 21.

The football team practiced yesterday and we have a practice report and a story on Sebastian LaRue's transition to cornerback. We also put up a Q&A with strength coach Jason Loscalzo this weekend. The baseball team beat Gonzaga in Spokane and Chris Derrick was on hand to write the recap … Cal has found its new men's basketball coach … The NCAA has agreed to let athletes have unlimited meals … The Ducks have been moving at an unusually slow pace.

Join us at 11 a.m. for a live WSU chat.

Saturday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — Friday was good to the Pac-12, which went 3-0 in the NCAA tournament with Stanford upsetting New Mexico, Arizona beating Weber State and UCLA crossing Tulsa off the bracket.

It was a good day for the WSU baseball team as well. The Cougars shutout No. 14 UCLA and have won their last five games. 

Oregon will play tomorrow. John Canzano has a column on UO's transfer-filled roster.

No Cougars are All-Conference

From Pullman — The Pac-12 released its All-Conference teams today and there was nary a Washington State player to be found. DaVonte Lacy likely would have made the First or Second Team, but will settle for being named Honorable Mention after missing seven games with a rib injury. The 6-foot-4 guard scored 19.1 points per game this season, second most in the conference. Lacy played in 73.3 percent of WSU's games, falling short of the 75 percent threshold that would allow him to be ranked among the conference's top scorers.

All-Conference Teams after the jump.

Pac-12 basketball power rankings

From Pullman — The first third of the Pac-12 basketball season is over and the conference is starting to take shape. The Pac-12 has four teams that comprise the first tier, with a noticeable drop off in talent among the remaining squads. Some teams have been bitten by injuries, while others have had unexpected stars emerge. Arizona is clearly at the top of the conference, USC is clearly at the bottom and it's becoming apparent which teams will contend for spots 2-4 in the conference, and which won't. 

Our Power Rankings took a look at where the Pac-12 stands today, after the jump.

Wooden Award watching six from Pac-12

From Pullman — The prestigious John R. Wooden Award is presented to the best player in college basketball at the end of the season. But the Los Angeles Athletic Club, who presents the award, has released the names of 50 players it considers to be early contenders. While there are no Washington State players on the list, six of the Cougars' Pac-12 opponents are mentioned. 

They are:

  • G Jordan Adams — UCLA
  • G/F Kyle Anderson — UCLA
  • G Jahii Carson — ASU
  • G Spencer Dinwiddie — Colorado
  • F Aaron Gordon — Arizona
  • F Dwight Powell — Stanford

A busy Tuesday begins with links


FROM PULLMAN — There's plenty to do in the next 48 hours. But Tuesday's morning post is always like the calm before the storm — not a ton of reading material, but just enough to prepare myself for another busy week ahead. Read on, if that's your thing.

Linking Monday to Tuesday


FROM PULLMAN — It's a scant news day in the links department, though today will bring much more to talk about. We do have some stories to pass along, so continue reading.

More links than usual on a Monday


FROM PULLMAN — Traveling is fun, but there's always a certain comfort to walking through your own front door and knowing you're going to be home for a while. Such was the case Sunday. But, Monday begins another week, and we have some links for you to get it started. Read on.

Day after for Cougs, game day for others


FROM PORTLAND — It's just about time to fly back to Spokane, but first, our daily Pac-12 roundup and some more WSU notes.

Linking Monday to Tuesday


FROM PULLMAN — A pretty uneventful Monday night turned busy in a hurry. We have our usual links around the conference, so read on.

Not much to read on a Monday


FROM PULLMAN — There must have been some other game yesterday that required most folks' attention, because Pac-12 reading material is scant on this Monday. Oh, well. We still found a couple stories, at least, so read on.

Pregame notes from Wells Fargo Arena


FROM TEMPE, Ariz. — There's really nothing quite like the feeling of sitting in an empty arena a few hours before the game starts. Everything is calm, quiet. You can watch the arena staff get everything ready to go. Team staffers are playing 2-on-2. Trent Lockett is riding an exercise bike. Wait — that might actually be noteworthy. Read on.

Aden sidelined, plus some links


FROM TEMPE, Ariz. — Washington State won't have the services of Faisal Aden when it faces Arizona State this afternoon. That and more after the jump.

Game day from the desert


FROM TUCSON — Or at least we will be in Tucson, eventually. Making the drive from Phoenix in a bit. While I'm behind the wheel, you can pull up to your computer monitor and read the links we've provided for you, plus a conversation with Faisal Aden.

Game day links, notes and quotes on a full Pac-12 Saturday


FROM PULLMAN — A very welcome sight greeted anyone who looked outside today: no snow. For now, anyway. Regardless, the California Golden Bears will be here today for a 3:05 p.m. tip against the Cougars, who will try to knock off a first-place team for the second consecutve game. Read on for some links and some thoughts from WSU coach Ken Bone and players about Cal. It also appears (again) that the football team has found a strength coach.

The game that was: WSU 81, Stanford 69


FROM PULLMAN — The 3,119 who came out to Beasley tonight are glad they did. The Cougars ripped off a huge second-half run to run away from the Cardinal with an 81-69 win, a nice response to their three-game losing streak. Read on for our standard capsulated review of the game.

Pregame from Beasley: WSU vs. Stanford


FROM PULLMAN – The weather hasn’t improved any, but both teams are here and warming up before our 7:05 p.m. tip-off. No TV tonight, so if you’re not here, you can listen on the radio or at Read on for some thoughts.

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