Roundup: Allonzo Trier returning to Arizona
Big – Allonzo Trier will return to the Arizona men’s basketball team for next season, ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reports. Great news for the Wildcats.
The WNBA Draft is Thursday afternoon (4 p.m. PT, ESPN2), and Michelle Voepel of ESPN tells us that Washington’s Kelsey Plum is the likely No. 1 pick of the draft. Her teammate Chantel Osahor is a probable first-rounder as well.
Check out the Stanford men’s basketball recruiting class of 2017, which is ranked 10th nationally by 247Sports, 11th by Rivals and 14th by ESPN. Welcome Daejon Davis, Isaac White, Kezie Okpala and Oscar da Silva to The Farm.
Kelly Graves keeps on hauling in the big fish, as Oregon women’s basketball inked Anneli Maley, a 6-foot-2 guard from Australia who is a big-time international recruit (The Oregonian/OregonLive).
Meanwhile, Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times notes that 6-foot-8 forward Chris Smith signed a letter of intent with UCLA men’s basketball, only bolstering a class that is ranked second in the nation and features LiAngelo Ball (Lonzo’s younger brother).
Cal men’s golfer Collin Morikawa was named a Ben Hogan Award semifinalist, it was announced Wednesday. Other semifinalists from the Pac-12 are USC’s Sean Crocker, Arizona State’s Jared du Toit, Stanford’s Maverick McNealy and Oregon’s Wyndham Clark.
USA TODAY’s high school sports division has this article on how James Harden’s high school coach used to motivate him with hamburgers – if Harden shot more than six free throws in a game, Scott Pera (his HS coach) would owe him a burger. If Harden shot fewer than six, he’d have to sprint for Pera.
Our Jen Cosgriff has the Pac-12 Networks “Thursday Night Baseball” game preview for No. 1 Oregon State and Washington. The Beavs can tie a Pac-12 record with a 24th-straight win if they down the Dawgs Thursday night.
Holli Joyce of KSL.com writes that Utah women’s gymnastics has some luck going into the NCAA Championships, as the Red Rocks will be in the favorable Olympic rotation (vault-bye-bars-beam-bye-floor).
Check out this “Pac-12 Sports Report” feature on head coach Ann Eliott building the Colorado women’s lacrosse program. The Buffs are a top-10 team this year despite being in just their fourth year of competition.
Kyle Bonagura writes this feature on USC linebacker Oluwole Betiku, who is starting to grasp schemes and concepts and is looking to make more of an impact in his sophomore season in 2017.
Let’s take a look back at the 2016-17 Washington State women’s basketball season, courtesy of WSUCougars.com. The Cougs advanced all the way to the WNIT semifinals in their fourth postseason berth in the NCAA era.