This article is part of our Conference Preview series.
The best thing about the 2017-18 season for the Pac-12 is that it is over. The campaign opened in scandal, with the FBI probe affecting Arizona and USC. The year ended with a whimper, as the three teams that made the NCAA Tournament (Arizona, UCLA, Arizona State) did not win a game. The Bruins and Sun Devils were knocked out in the First Four. It can only get better.
Although the Wildcats may not be as dominant as in past seasons, it looks like Oregon will be back. The Ducks have a strong recruiting class led by Bol Bol and Louis King (if he can get back on the court after tearing his ACL in January), as well as returning players such as Payton Pritchard (14.5 ppg, 4.8 apg) and Kenny Wooten (6.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg). Washington was a nice surprise in its first year under coach Mike Hopkins and returns the majority of its roster. UCLA faithful want more out of Steve Alford, so he may be under even more pressure to win this year. While the Pac-12 may be the weakest of the major conferences, there should be plenty of intrigue.
Center: Bol Bol, Oregon Ducks
Unlike the NBA for the most part, size matters in college basketball. The 7-foot-2 Bol has the size to impact games on both sides of the court. Like his father, Bol is an impact shot blocker. The Ducks already have the leading shot blocker from last season, Kenny Wooten (2.6 bpg). The