University of Washington

Huskies picked to finish third in Pac-12 preseason media poll

Washington was picked to finish third in the Pac-12 preseason men’s basketball media poll released on Tuesday. The Huskies received 273 points and six first-place votes.

Oregon, which received 291 points and nine first-place votes, was picked to win the conference. The Ducks narrowly edged Colorado, which received 288 points and nine first-place votes. Arizona was selected fourth and USC was picked fifth. Washington State received 47 points and was predicted to finish 11th.

The Huskies lost four starters and a key bench player from last year’s team that won the Pac-12 regular season championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. While UW will be without 2019 Pac-12 Player of the Year Jaylen Noel and Naismith and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year Matisse Thybulle, the Huskies did reload with a top-10 recruiting class.

That class was led by a pair of five-star recruits in center Isaiah Stewart and forward Jaden McDaniels. Both were named to the preseason All-Pac-12 first team, which included 10 players. Junior guard Nahziah Carter and sophomore Quade Green, a former five-star point guard who transferred to UW from Kentucky, received honorable mention. UW’s four selections were a league-high.

Stewart, considered the No. 3 player in the country and the No. 1 center in his class by 247Sports, averaged 19.5 points and 11 rebounds during the Huskies’ foreign tour in Italy this summer. McDaniels, who was ranked No. 9 in the country and considered the top power forward, didn’t travel with UW due to personal reasons.

Carter, who is the Huskies’ leading returning scorer, averaged 8.1 points and 2.4 rebounds last season. In his freshman season with Kentucky, Green averaged 9.3 points and 2.7 assists. He also shot 45.1 percent from the field in 34 games. He played eight games for the Wildcats last season, averaging 8.0 points and 2.3 assists before deciding to transfer.

Washington State’s CJ Elleby, who averaged 14.7 points and 7.1 rebounds per game as a freshman last season, was named to the first team.

Pac-12 preseason poll, with first-place votes in parenthesis

1. Oregon (9) 291 points

2. Colorado (9) 288

3. Washington (6) 27

4. Arizona (2) 263

5. USC (1) 198

6. Arizona State 187

7. Oregon State 161

8. UCLA 148

9. Utah 131

10. Stanford 84

11. Washington State 47

12. California 35

Preseason All-Pac-12 teams

First team

Tyler Bey, Jr., G/F, Colorado

CJ Elleby, So., F, Washington State

Nico Mannion, Fr., G, Arizona

Remy Martin, Jr., G, Arizona State

Jaden McDaniels, Fr., F, Washington

Payton Pritchard, Sr., G, Oregon

Nick Rakocevic, Sr., F, USC

Isaiah Stewart, Fr., F, Washington

Tres Tinkle, Sr., F, Oregon State

McKinley Wright IV, Jr., G, Colorado

Second team

Timmy Allen, So., F, Utah

N’Faly Dante, Fr., C, Oregon

Daejon Davis, Jr., G, Stanford

Josh Green, Fr., G, Arizona

Ethan Thompson, Jr., G, Oregon State

Honorable mention

Nahziah Carter, Jr., F, Washington

Quade Green, So., G, Washington

Chase Jeter, Sr., C, Arizona

Kylor Kelley, Sr., C, Oregon State

Jonah Mathews, Sr., G, USC

Isaiah Mobley, Fr., F, USC

C.J. Walker, Fr., F, Oregon