The 2010-11 Pac-10 basketball season will never be remembered for its top ranked teams. That's because there weren't any. Unless you count the Arizona Wildcats and their number 15 spot in the polls as "top ranked."
But, it will be known for the emergence of a strong crop of high caliber, future NBA players and superstars. From outstanding freshmen like Allen Crabbe of Cal to crafty defensive specialists like senior Marcus Simmons of USC, this group is a diverse one where no one player really dominated the conference.
As the Pac-10 Tournament gets underway in Los Angeles, the nation will finally get a chance to see some of these talented players in action. With a NCAA tournament bid on the line, players from schools like University of California-Berkeley, Standford, UCLA and USC all will get an opportunity to showcase their talents for fans and NBA scouts while trying to lead their teams into the big dance that is March Madness.
This may also be a time to show the rest of the country that the pollsters made a mistake in leaving some of the top Pac-10 teams out of the rankings.
Let's take a look at the Pac-10's Top 15 Players—may the debate begin.