basketball-men-d1 flag

Andy Katz | NCAA.com Correspondent | July 8, 2019

These are the 5 most important players in the Pac-12 for the 2019-20 college basketball season

Andy Katz breaks down Nos. 21-25 of his top players for the 2019-2020 season

Here are the five players Andy Katz expects to make a lasting impact on their teams in the Pac-12 this season.

AWARD CONTENDERS: Cousy Award | West Award | Erving Award | Malone Award | Abdul-Jabbar Award

1. McKinley Wright IV, 6-0, Jr., Colorado: Wright has been one of the hidden gems for two seasons. The word is out. He’s the real deal and should lead the Buffaloes to the NCAA tournament. He averages 13 points a game, nearly five boards and five assists a game. He needs to cut down on turnovers (3.1 a game). But he’s a big shot maker and has matured enough to handle the responsibility of delivering a bid.

2. Isaiah Stewart, 6-9, Fr., Washington: The Huskies have a tremendous recruiting class, led by Stewart and Jaden McDaniels. They are both built for Mike Hopkins’ offense and his zone. If Stewart lives up to his hype then the Huskies should be right back in contention for the Pac-12 title.

3. Remy Martin, 6-0, Jr., Arizona State: If the Sun Devils get back to the NCAA tournament then it will be because of Martin’s play. He will have more of a featured role this season. He’s the same player who went off for 27 in a win against Arizona. He had 10 points, four assists and just one turnover in a win over Kansas. Martin averaged a dozen points and five assists a game. Those numbers can climb.

4. Josh Green, 6-6, Fr., Arizona: The Wildcats have a slew of hype coming into this season. And a lot of it rests with point guard Nico Mannion. But Green needs to be the scorer/slasher on the wing for the Wildcats to ensure they can be in contention for the Pac-12 title. Chase Jeter will be an anchor inside. Green can offer up the balance.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: These 5 AAC players will make a difference next year

5. Payton Pritchard, 6-2, Sr., Oregon: The Ducks took a major hit with Bol Bol, Louis King and Kenny Wooten staying in the draft. Pritchard came back since he knew he wasn’t going to be a first-round pick. If the Ducks are to get back to the NCAA tournament after their surprising Pac-12 tournament title and Sweet 16 appearance then Pritchard must lead them. He had a 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. His production can be again in the teens, but the Ducks will need his leadership, maturity and experience to get them a bid.

5 men's college basketball records that can fall this season

We're a few weeks into the 2019-20 men's basketball season, which is a good time to look at which records might be broken before the nets are cut down in March. A few we found are recent and a few, like Bobby Hurley's assist record, have stood for more than 25 years. Here are five that have a chance of falling this season.
READ MORE

2019 Thanksgiving basketball tournament's best games

Here come all the late November tournaments, from Maui to Myrtle Beach to a ballroom in the Bahamas. This is when we begin to find out if the early-season numbers are real or mirages. These are the matchups we would like to see.
READ MORE

DII basketball showcase: Schedule, times, scores for the 2019-20 season

NCAA Division II announced 28 regular-season men’s and women’s basketball games that will be highlighted on ESPN3 or NCAA social media as part of an effort to promote the division on several platforms throughout the academic year.
READ MORE

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from NCAA.com and our partners