PAC-10 Players of the Week

Calvin Haynes in an earlier game against USC.
Calvin Haynes in an earlier game against USC.

PAC-10 Player of the Week – Calvin Haynes

Haynes led the onslaught against CAL and Stanford this weekend for the Beavers. Tallying 46 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists he was absolutely spectacular in propelling the Beavers to the unlikely road sweep in the Bay Area.

Runner Up – Roeland Schaftenaar

Go figure, another Beaver, right? That’s exactly what it takes for the Beavers to complete the impressive sweep: two players having the best weeks of their careers in the same week. And considering that sweeping CAL & Stanford on the road is harder than sweeping anybody at home, I had to give both of these kids props before any UW player got recognized.

Arizona Player of the Week – Jordan Hill

Hill was an absolute beast in the second half of the Arizona/Arizona State game, but was called for a bogus foul. Had that foul not been called who knows what would’ve happened. But 16 points, 19 boards against Pendergraph is nice. Perhaps even more impressive was the Houston game against two solid frontcourt players. Nice job this week Hill

Runner Up – Chase Budinger

My goal is to give this spot to someone that normally doesn’t get a tremendous deal of appreciation or isn’t one of the big three. But frankly, Budinger’s effect on both games was so great that to not put him as POW or at least runner-up would’ve been an injustice – after all, the dude did get his head stopped on.


5 Responses to “PAC-10 Players of the Week”

  1. 1 Davd C January 27, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    On another note, who do you think the next coach should be?

  2. 2 naterb January 28, 2009 at 12:14 am

    David – There are so many different options Livengood has to choose from in what is most likely the most important decision of his career at Arizona. I’m glad to hear that he is being very selective and only considering coaches who have success in college basketball this year.

    As to which specific coach I would want to see? I’m not entirely certain. There are three different types of coaches that could be elected – elite level proven coaches like Few or Calipari, up-and-comers like Dixon or Xavier’s Miller, and Arizona “family” personnel like Pastner or Kerr.

    Personally, of those types I would perfer the proven elite-level coaches but I’d be okay if they went with an up-and-comer. The proven coaches will bring instant credibility for recruits and may rescue Arizona from the basement of the PAC-10 if they can pull in some of the remaining Top 150 recruits as well as some good JuCo players.

    Up-and-comers would be okay because they would bring good credibility to the program after a year or two, but it would certainly take more effort than if it were Tubby Smith, Rick Pitino, Mark Few, or someone else along those lines – provided that coach doesn’t win the NCAA Championship this year.

    Beyond the nostalgia of it, I don’t like the idea of hiring from “within the family” because there are no successful coaches to have come out of Arizona at this time, and I don’t think Livengood should take any chances on who he hires.

    As far as the potential coach’s approach – I would love to see the up-tempo offense remain intact, but I’m not 100% certain how effective it is in the PAC-10 anymore, especially because of how that style of play has become increasingly ineffective in conference play, and the only team (Oregon) that really sticks with that game plan is 0-8 in conference play so far. So I wouldn’t mind a more methodical offensive approach as long as it doesn’t turn into a strictly Princeton style offense like WSU or OSU are running.

    Defensively I’d like a versatile coach like Tim Floyd who can throw any number of defenses at you. I want to see the full-court press return to McKale Center with regularity with a half-court defensive set that relies less on the zone but reverts to a 3-2 or 2-1-2 zone when the situation calls for it.

  3. 3 Davd C January 28, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Im not entirely certain on the recruiting rules and regulations but say come early April, we hire an elite coach. Is there still time to go out and find recruits or is next year already over before it started?

  4. 4 naterb January 28, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    David – I’ll be hitting on that topic here in the next few days, actually. But bottom line is this, the Wildcats have a small window of opportunity to make a huge impact on the ’09 recruiting trail. With only a couple handfulls of 5 and 4 star recruits remaining, Arizona has a chance to pick up a few good recruits but that is a very small chance.

    Keep an eye peeled for my entry on this in a few days.

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