The Final Four will kick off in a couple days and by Monday evening college basketball will be over for 2012-13.
Shabazz Muhammad is likely gone to the NBA but what about Kyle Anderson?
The Pac-12 will have seven players who must decide if they will enter, stay in the draft, or return to college over the next two weeks. The decisions could play a huge part in deciding next season's Pac-12 race.
Shabazz Muhammad and Kyle Anderson, UCLA
Most view Muhammad as a clear-cut NBA top-10 pick in this upcoming draft. Anderson however is hit or miss. Some draft projections say he's a late first in 2013 and others a late first in 2014.
Anderson's decision however could decide how good the Bruins can be next season. Anderson was a Pac-12 freshman first-team member and averaged 9.7 points and 3.5 assists per game at a small forward/point guard role. Anderson had issues rebounding and struggled against stronger forwards but was also a mismatch on the other end. With Anderson in the fold and incoming four-star point guard Zach Lavine the Bruins will have handle on the point guard duties. Jordan Adams and the Wear Twins also are set to return and a Top-25 ranking could be given with Anderson in the fold.
Allen Crabbe, Cal
If Allen Crabbe comes back the Cal Bears bring back their top five players while adding five-star Jabari Bird and two more top-150 recruits into the fold. Crabbe was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year in 2012-13 after averaging 18 points and 6.1 rebounds. Cal with Crabbe is a Top-15 team next season. Without him Cal is likely looking outside the Top-25 to start the year.
Update: Allen Crabbe has declared for the NBA draft but hasn't hired an NBA agent.
Jahii Carson, ASU
There isn't a team who's future depends on a decision more than Arizona State and freshman Jahii Carson. With Carson in the lineup this season the Sun Devils were in the hunt for an NCAA bid. Without him next season ASU might dip and see serious struggles. The Pac-12 Co-Freshman of the year averaged 18.5 points and 5.1 assists per game. If Carson comes back the Sun Devils return perhaps the league's best player along with five of their top six players. Carson has declared for the draft but hasn't signed an agent yet.
C.J. Wilcox, Washington
The All Pac-12 player averaged 16.8 points a game as a junior but the Huskies struggled all year and flamed out in the opening round of the NIT. Lorenzo Romar sees three of his top four players graduate and if his best player decides to leave for the NBA next year becomes a rebuilding year. Luckily Wilcox appears set on coming back. Washington also adds McDonald All-American Nigel Williams-Goss and top-150 recruit Darin Johnson to the roster and the Huskies could make a run at the Pac-12 next year with that trio.
Andre Roberson, Colorado
Colorado's Roberson is a 6-foot-7 forward that reminds some of a Shawn Marion. Roberson is a rebounding machine that averaged 11.2 per game last year while also locking down on defense. Roberson can guard four differe positions in college. If he comes back, currently an early second round pick by most projections, Colorado will return their five best players. Tad Boyel also has given Colorado a solid recruiting class for 2013. Case in point Colorado appears to be loaded next year.
Eric Moreland, Oregon State
Oregon State struggled last season putting teams away but talent and more importantly scoring wasn't lacking. OSU only sees Joe Burton graduate from their nine-man rotation plus injured Angus Brandt will return. Moreland has declared for the draft but hasn't hired an agent yet. Moreland is viewed a lot like Roberson in that he can play multiple spots and is a star on the boards. Keeping Moreland at OSU next year could be that last item that is keeping OSU from post-season play.
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