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PAC12 is returning relevant in NCAA basketball

Is now a long time that the Pac 12 is not considered at the level of the best conference. The early entries for the draft and the lack of talent in the west coast are the two factors that have affected more this situation. However this season things seem to work out well, at least for the top teams of the conference. In fact, both UCLA Arizona add classes that are at the forefront in the various rankings, while Colorado and Stanford  makes less noise on a national level but adds a freshman class well above average. For the near future the situation will improve, thanks to a new wave of talent coming from the classes of 2013 onwards. Maybe there is not a superstar in particular, but there are many potentially good players on the west coast. Among those worth mentioning the 2013 Aaron Gordon, Marcus Lee, Torren Jones and Jordan Bell as frontcourt players, while among those in the backcourt Dakarai Allen, Isaac Hamilton, Jabari Bird, Jaron Hopkins and Jordan Matthews. Howland,Miller and Romar could reload their respective programs without having to find players outside the West coast ; Washington has already added Nigel Williams-Goss and seems to be the leader for Gordon, an high-flying athlete that has drawn Blake Griffin comparison. Sean Miller  must find some guy for the backcourt, after fixing the frontcourt with this year’s class. Howland has already a committment from Zach Lavine (one of most improved in AAU play this season) and will definitely be able to add good players to an already loaded roster. Among all these players the most intriguing from the point of view of the talent is Jaron Hopkins, equipped with an unreal athleticism and great height.These skills, if coupled with technical improvements worthy of note, will be able to make Hopkins a comboguard to the level of a great former UCLA , Russell Westbrook.

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