Top-25 players in the PAC-12 for 2020-21
Just a side note, I have every player that’s testing the draft waters other than Stanford’s Tyrell Terry returning.
1. Will Richardson Oregon JR Guard
2019-20 Stats: 11.0 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.4 SPG
Richardson is a very talented and big 6’5″ left-handed true point guard, without Payton Pritchard he’ll fully have a hold on that role. Richardson is super efficient, he shot 46% from the field in 2018-19, but only 27% from three. This past season he shot 48% from the field, and 47% from three. He’s also a great free throw shooter at 84% and he’s a guy you want on the line at the end of the game, he’s going to be the kind of guy that can carry this Oregon team, and he’s my PAC-12 POTY favorite currently, which may be an unpopular opinion, but he’s an insanely good talent.
2. Remy Martin Arizona State SR Guard (Testing Waters)
2019-20 Stats: 19.3 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 4.1 APG, 1.5 SPG
Martin is a great player who most will probably have as the PAC-12 Player of the year favorite, while I think it’s possible that he can do that, I think it may be tough. With how many great players they have like Alonzo Verge, Josh Christopher, Marcus Bagley, Taeshon Cherry, Kimani Lawrence, and Jaelen House, it could be tough for him to replicate his statistics. I just don’t see one guy sticking out enough from Arizona State in order to be league Player of the year. Martin is one of my favorite players to watch, he’s a flashy player who can pull up from 30 feet and sometimes make it, he shot 43% from the field, 33% from three. He’s a good passer but turns the ball over a lot, last year averaging 3.1 a game, he’s a solid defender and good and great athlete who’s super quick to the basket.
3. McKinley Wright IV Colorado SR Guard (Testing Waters)
2019-20 Stats: 14.4 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 5 APG, 1.1 SPG
Wright IV was once committed to being a Dayton Flyer, he then de-committed when Archie Miller took the Indiana job, and has spent 3 great season in Boulder. Wright took a pretty decent step-back efficiency-wise, going from 49 to 44% from the field, and 36 to 33% from three, while those are both decent they were better before. He’s a do-it-all guard who is an awesome facilitator and scorer. While defense isn’t his strong suit, he gets the job done. He doesn’t have over the top athleticism but has a great feel for the game. The Buffs with the loss of Tyler Bey are being slept on but if Wright returns they’ll be just fine.
4. Oscar Da Silva Stanford SR Forward
2019-20 Stats: 15.7 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 1.5 APG
Da Silva had a great season for Jerod Haase’s squad in a resurgent season in Palo Alto. They are projected to lose Tyrell Terry who was also great, so Da Silva will have more shots, he shot 57% from the field, 31% from deep. He should add some Muscle this offseason to get more rebounds, he’s a bit too skinny to be down-low at times. Da Silva is very good at the basket for someone who doesn’t overwhelm you with strength so he’s found his calling but he should get stronger.
5. Evan Mobley USC FR Center
Mobley is an intriguing prospect, he’s 7-foot tall, a great defender, and a super good ball-handler and athlete for his size. I’d like to see his scoring ability at this level though. He’s not a shooter, but maybe can hit some mid-range shots, but he will use his size and strength down-low for Buckets, should be an elite defender though.
6. Quade Green Washington JR Guard
2019-20 Stats: 11.6 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 5.3 APG, 1.1 SPG
Green in his first season as a Husky after transferring from Kentucky, had a great 15 games, and Washington was thriving. He shot 51% from-the-field, 44% from three, and was feeding star big man Isaiah Stewart early and often. He was then ruled academically ineligible and therefore ending his season, Washington collapsed and ended horribly. Jaden McDaniels looked disengaged when they started losing didn’t even seem like he wanted to be there and it’s all due to Green being suspended. If Green keeps his grades up to par he’s due for a huge Junior Season. He’s the true leader for that team now, no more Isaiah Stewart or Jaden McDaniels.
7. Chris Smith UCLA SR Guard
2019-20 Stats: 13.1 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 1.6 APG
Smith is a 6’9″ guard/wing but is very talented, he shot 45% from the field, 34% from deep and has his name in the draft although he likely withdraws. He uses his extreme athleticism to get buckets at any given point and is the true leader for that UCLA Team. He’s a solid defender, but I think finding his identity is the key for Smith. He played a lot of guard, but he could be a wing, but also could be a high-usage stretch four. I feel like a lot of NBA teams are telling him to find an identity for him.
8. Matt Bradley California JR Guard
2019-20 Stats: 17.5 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 1.5 APG
Bradley is a very talented scorer, but very streaky. He’s 6’4″ and 220 pounds but built like an NFL linebacker. He is crazy big and strong for a guard, he’s a great shooter, last year shooting 38% from three and 43% from the field this season which isn’t bad at all, but will likely improve with additions of Ryan Betley (Penn), Makale Foreman (Stony Brook) may be able to take the pressure off of Bradley. He’s a poor defender, which really needs to be worked on, but man that scoring ability is special.
9. Alonzo Verge Jr Arizona State SR Guard (Testing Waters)
2019-20 Stats: 14.6 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.4 SPG
Verge, who averaged 30 points per game as a Sophomore at Moberly Area CC in Missouri, is an elite scoring talent. At points later in the season was Arizona State’s best player, he really struggled early in the season and was injured and missed a few games. He then had a three-game-stretch against St Mary’s, Georgia, and Creighton where he scored 43 points against St. Mary’s, 19 against Georgia, 20 against Creighton. Verge has a unique ability to get by defenders and is super quick, his 3-point shooting is a question mark, as he shot 28% but struggled a ton at shooting early in the season, and picked it up late. He can be a great lead/secondary scorer for the Sun Devils this season.
10. Ziaire Williams Stanford FR Wing
Williams is 6’8″ and very athletic, he’s a great shooter, and defender that could be your ideal 3-and-D guy in the NBA if not more. While he’s at Stanford he’ll play a vital role in trying to bring the Cardinal back to the NCAA Tournament. Along with Spencer Jones, Williams will be the top shooter on the team with the likely departure of Tyrell Terry.
11. Chris Duarte Oregon SR Guard
2019-20 Stats: 12.7 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 1.6 APG, 1.7 SPG
Duarte the former JUCO Player of the year in 2018-19, had a solid first season for the Ducks. He’s a great defender and solid enough scorer, although his efficiency should be improved quite a bit. He shot 41% from the field, and 33% from three, which doesn’t really get it done, while 33% from deep isn’t bad, a guy who with his talent level it should be better. Maybe without Pritchard, he’ll have more reign on the offense alongside Will Richardson and he’ll try to bring the Ducks some buckets.
12. C.J. Elleby Washington State JR Wing (Testing Waters)
2019-20 Stats: 18.4 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 1.1 APG
Elleby is a very talented left scorer, but he really struggled efficiency-wise this season at times, he shot 39% from the field, and 33% from three on a bad Washington State team. A lot of that was likely because they weren’t a good team, therefore he forced some bad shots. It was evident when watching him the past 2 seasons how talented he is, but he forced a lot of bad shots this season, and if you’re an NBA scout, that’s what you’re telling him. Elleby is also a solid defender, if he can tighten up his shot selection he’ll be awesome this year for Washington State.
13. N’Faly Dante Oregon SO Center
2019-20 Stats: 5.8 PPG, 2.8 RPG
Dante had a lost season and it’s not his fault, he reclassified, then didn’t get enrolled until the 2nd semester, so missed the Non-Conference slate, was hurt later. He’s a strong 6’11 big-man he uses his strength to play offense and defense. He’s an old-school guy kinda reminds me of a Udoka Azubuike type player.
14. Joshua Christopher Arizona State FR Guard
Christopher is one of the most electrifying players in the 2020 class and the best recruit in Sun Devil history, above names such as 2018 NBA MVP James Harden, Jahii Carson, Luguentz Dort just time make a few. He’s a high flyer and can throw down some crazy dunks, he has a good passing vision for a Guard/ Wing guy. He can be a really good defender. In High School, he didn’t really need to be but he showed flashes at times. His Shooting is inconsistent but if he worked on that in the offseason that will be big for the Sun Devils.
15. Timmy Allen Utah JR Forward
2019-20 Stats 17.3 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 3 APG
Allen is a good player, he’s a super high-usage wing/ 4-man and he’s a good player but at the same time, he’s inconsistent. He shot 44% from the field, and a horrific 21% from three, I just don’t think Allen is used well in this role, he should be asked to revert back to his role in 2018-19 and give more shots to Rylan Jones and Alphonso Plummer. Allen isn’t overly athletic either, but he’s strong and has a good feel for the game, he’s just a solid player overall.
16. Jordan Brown Arizona SO Center
2018-19 stats with Nevada 3.0 PPG, 2.5 RPG
Brown started his career at Nevada but played behind Treshaun Thurman and Trey Porter, who transferred in and he never got playing time ahead of them. Brown is a former Five-Star recruit and McDonald’s All-American. Brown is an unknown but he’s so talented, so I have to put him here on the list. He’s 6’11″ and will be huge for The Wildcats this season.
17. Ethan Thompson Oregon State SR Guard
2019-20 Stats: 14.8 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 4.5 APG
Thompson is a solid player, he shot a pretty efficient 45% and can kinda do it all, but the reason he is where he is that Oregon State is by far the worst team in the conference, and it’s not even a competition. I think Thompson would almost be better off transferring if he valued winning, although I don’t see that happening as his father is one the staff for the Beavers, while his brother Stephen went there also. I think he’s a good player and may have insane stats this season, but they’ll be empty stats due to his poor the team is.
18. James Akinjo Arizona JR Guard
2019-20 Stats with Georgetown: 13.3 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 4.4 APG
Akinjo only played 7 games last season for the Hoyas before transferring to Arizona. Akinjo really struggled shooting before transferring this season, but he’s a talented guy for sure. He shot 39% from three in 2018-19, but if his scoring never really comes around he’s an awesome passer. He’s not an elite defender but he can do the job well enough. He will likely be eligible for the start of the season, although he will need a waiver in order to become eligible before the end of the first semester.
19. Johnny Juzang UCLA Wing
2019-20 Stats with Kentucky: 2.9 PPG, 1.9 RPG
Juzang reclassified into the 2019 class and went to Kentucky, it didn’t work out and transferred back home to UCLA following the season and was granted an immediate eligibility waiver. Juzang was a great shooter in High School and that talent is still there even though it was in small doses while at Kentucky, he can easily be a great piece for the Bruins this season.
20. Jalen Hill UCLA Center
2019-20 Stats: 9 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 1 BPG
Hill is a very good scorer but he just didn’t get the ball nearly enough last season, he’s a mismatch nightmare due to his size and strength but it just seemed like they didn’t like using him for some reason. He’s a great offensive rebounder also which is a huge plus, he had nearly 3 points per game last season which is huge for what he does. I think this ranking is light for what he should be if used correctly.
21. Rylan Jones Utah SO Guard
2019-20 Stats: 9.5 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 4.5 APG
Jones is a great offensive player, great passing vision good shooter, but his defense is really not great. He’s often shaken off by bigger offensive players due to his slender build and athleticism. His offense is what sets him apart a bit though, it’s hard to find a guy to run an offense much better than Jones did at times last season, and he will be able to pull up off the dribble for three, that’s something every team covets.
22. Chevez Goodwin USC SR Forward
2019-20 Stats with Wofford 11.9 PPG, 6.2 RPG
Goodwin is one of the more efficient players in College Basketball, he shot 64% from the field this season, which is really good. He’s super strong and uses that to get to the hoop and score easily, he’s a very bad free throw shooter though and leaves a lot of points at the line. Goodwin is on his third school as he started at Charleston and now he looks to play alongside Evan Mobley while at USC.
23. Branden Carlson Utah SO Center
2019-20 stats: 7 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 1.4 BPG
I’m huge on a Branden Carlson breakout, he’s a 7-Footer who even hit a few threes last season (3-13) but showed it’s possible to make them. He’s a great shot-blocker, he had 8 in a game against Stanford this season. He can average 2-3 blocks per game this season if he can add some muscle this offseason watch out.
24. Tyger Campbell UCLA SO Guard
2019-20 Stats: 8.3 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 5.0 APG
Tyger Campbell turned his season around at the same time in which UCLA turned its season around last year. He started scoring in double-figures regularly and looked like Jason Williams with his passing ability, he has such great court vision and is a true point guard. His scoring efficiency isn’t good, only 35% from the field, and 26% from deep, but I think he’s a good scorer so it should improve over time. Campbell will have the job of feeding Jalen Hill and Cody Riley this season and he’ll do a great job of that.
25. Jalen Graham Arizona State SO Center
2019-20 Stats: 3.2 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 1.0 BPG
Graham was thrown into the fold right away, with Romello White being suspended for the PAC-12 China game, he started against Colorado and blocked 5 shots. I don’t think the Arizona state Staff thought Graham would have the kind of potential he showed in Year One, but when on the court he was exactly what the Sun Devils needed. He’s much more athletic than Romello White so he’s able to get by guys more, has some post-moves can throw a lob down. He’ll be thrown a big role this season with losing Romello White, but he could and should fill that to exactly what Romello did if not more. I think he has more upside than what White did. Graham is not a super strong guy at the moment, pretty slender build, so he’s another guy who will need to hit the weights some more, and he needs to work on that free throw shooting, that’s pretty bad too. Besides that, I like what I saw out of Graham this past season.