2011 Pac-10 Basketball Tournament : Ranking the Top 10 Players

Chris CarsonContributor IMarch 8, 2011

2011 Pac-10 Basketball Tournament : Ranking the Top 10 Players

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    With the NCAA Tournament around the corner, the Pac 10 has been getting some attention lately.

    The biggest question on everyone's mind: who's in and who's out?

    No matter which Pac 10 team, or teams, end up dancing, the conference is full of some great players who have been flying under the radar this year.

    Here is a look at the 10 best players in the Pac 10, one from each team.

    Pay attention—some of these guys will be in the NBA next year.

Derrick Williams

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    The Arizona Wildcat forward is perhaps the best player on the best team in the Pac 10.

    The sophomore is scoring 18.8 points per game and snatching 8.2 rebounds per game.

    At 6'8", Williams is also a capable three point shooter, making him very hard to guard.

    The Wildcats are ranked No. 18 in the country, due in large part to the dominance behind Williams' play.

Tyler Honeycutt

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    Tyler Honeycutt was a high profile recruit out of high school, now he is a sophomore at UCLA and is attracting the attention of NBA scouts.

    Honeycutt is extremely versatile, doing a bit of everything for the Bruins: scoring about 12 points, grabbing near 7 rebounds, dishing two assists and blocking two shots per game.

    Honeycutt will need to play up to his potential to get UCLA into the NCAA Tournament.

Isaiah Thomas

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    It's hard not to compare Washington's Isaiah Thomas to Nate Robinson.

    Both are Huskies. Both are little guys with big game.

    Thomas is 5'9", quick with the ball and possesses a great leaping ability.

    That's why he can do a bit of everything.

    Thomas averages 16.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, 5.6 assists, and 1.2 steals.

Nikola Vucevic

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    Nikola Vucevic of the USC Trojans is one of the best centers in the country.

    At 6'10", 260 pounds, Vucevic easily averages a double–double (17.7 points and 10.3 rebounds) per game.

    If that wasn't enough, the big man is also a decent three point shooter, hitting 38 percent of his attempts.

Jorge Gutierrez

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    The long-haired Gutierrez has become the face of the Cal Golden Bears.

    Gutierrez is also the motor that makes the team go.

    He is one of the hardest working players in the conference and one of it's best players.

    Gutierrez is averaging 14.6 points, 4.6 assists, and 1.6 steals per game.

Klay Thompson

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    Washington State's Klay Thompson is one of the country's top scorers, averaging 21.4 points per game.

    His dominance of the Pac 10 was preceded by the time he spent playing for Junior National team over the summer.

    He also shoots 41 percent from behind the arc.

    When a guy can shoot and score like that, he should easily find a spot on an NBA roster.

Jeremy Green

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    Guard Jeremy Green has stepped up as Stanford's top player this season.

    He is a tremendous athlete and a great shooter.

    Green leads the Cardinals in scoring at 16.6 points per game.

    That stat isn't too astounding, considering he shoots 42 percent from three point land.

Joevan Catron

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    Oregon senior Joevan Catron was named second team all conference.

    The 6'6", 245 pound forward averaged 15.3 points per game and grabbed 6.3 rebounds per game.

    The Ducks finished the regular season in eighth place.

Jared Cunningham

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    Jared Cunningham, the sophomore guard for the Oregon State Beavers, was named to the Pac 10 all defensive team.

    He is a big long guard, which helped him average almost three steals per game.

    Cunningham also led Oregon State in scoring with 13.6 points per game.

Trent Lockett

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    The Arizona State Sun Devils are the last place team of the Pac 10,  but they do have sophomore guard Trent Lockett.

    Lockett scored just over 13 points per game this year, shooting an impressive 50 percent from the field.

    A small glimmer of hope for the worst team in the Pac 10.