Jim Basnight recently offered commentary on a couple of northern CA born and bred Pac-12 talents:
* about Josiah Turner and next year's NBA draft - "...Turner will likely be in the draft, whether or not he plays, based on the decent chance that his prep school may be found incompetent by the NCAA..."
Basnight later added "Arizona signee Josiah Turner has withdrawn from the USA U19 training camp set to begin Friday apparently due to scheduling conflicts."
On Wednesday coach Sean Miller said to the Tucson Citizen that he felt Turner made a good decision to spend some time at home before heading to summer school in Tucson on July 11th. That's good and well that Turner wants to go home to see family and friends for a few weeks and start his college education and D1 hoops career as soon as possible, but to my knowledge there has been no statement from the NCAA since reports surfaced, per the NY Daily News that QEA was being investigated for possible fraud by the NCAA. I believe that shady dealings at Arizona are not a surprise and that in Turner's story, the least of it is his academics."
* about Jared Cunningham - "Cunningham leads a Beaver line-up that is approaching the type of talent that it takes to be dangerous in the conference, not just on a given night in Corvallis, but across the board, depending on their collective ability to stay focused. Focus is a huge need to run coach Craig Robinson's offense, but defensively Cunningham leads a scary group of athletes. 2011 frosh post Daniel Gomis and sophomore post Devon Collier form a very scary defensive trio with Cunningham. If the Beavs can put together offensive consistency, their take no prisoners 1-3-1 extended zone could make waves, not only in the Pac-12 but attract attention nationally."