Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Pac-12's freshmen to watch
By Jason King
Editor’s note: ESPN.com’s Summer Shootaround series catches up on the offseason storylines for each conference. For more on the Pac-12, click here.
Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA: Bruins fans are hoping the 6-foot-6, 215-pounder will change the fortunes of their struggling program. Muhammad will likely spend just one season in Westwood, as he could be potentially be the top overall pick in next summer's NBA draft.
Kyle Anderson, UCLA: The 6-foot-7 Anderson is versatile enough to play all three positions on the perimeter. As a "point forward," he'll be a huge matchup problem for opposing defenders. A New Jersey native, Anderson was the fifth-ranked player in the Class of 2012.
Kaleb Tarczewski, Arizona: The Wildcats beat out Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina for the 7-foot, 240-pound center. Tarczewski runs the floor extremely well for a player of his size and is an explosive finisher around the rim.
Grant Jerrett, Arizona: Jerrett, who stands 6-foot-10, will team with Tarczewski and freshman Brandon Ashley to form one of the most imposing frontcourt rotations in the Pac-12, if not the country. Recruiting analysts have been taken aback by his improvement over the past few years. Jerrett, the ninth-ranked player in the Class of 2012, can score from multiple areas.
Brandon Ashley, Arizona: The 16th-ranked player in the Class of 2012 chose the Wildcats over Kentucky, Oregon and UCLA. Ashley is a 6-foot-8, broad-shouldered power forward who has good quickness and timing around the basket.