After the Pac-12's first-weekend meltdown in the NCAA Tournament, the future appears equally unsettling, at least for several of its teams.
Here's a short rundown of how the offseason is looking so far around the league:
-- The Wildcats must replace roughly half of their roster (again). We ran a breakdown of the upcoming issues here.
-- Cal appears to be on the brink of a full implosion, with an assistant coach gone, Cuonzo Martin's future uncertain, a top recruit asking out of his LOI, and Ivan Rabb and Jaylen Brown likely to jump into the NBA Draft.
-- Oregon State will have to find out a way to win without Gary Payton II, though the Beavers are optimistic because of how their freshman played this season.
Well, there is technically one other Pac-12 team still playing... Washington will play at San Diego State in the NIT tonight (8:30 p.m., ESPN2).
Expect announcements about guys testing the NBA Draft waters to start trickling out soon. A new rule that now allows players to participate in the NBA Combine in May and still return to school up to 10 days later (May 25 this year) could encourage more pro prospects to get a true read on where they stand.
Draft Express moved UA's Allonzo Trier down five spots to No. 36 in its 2017 mock draft, though Trier could decide to at least test the draft this spring.
Draft Express president Jonathan Givony told the Lexington Herald-Leader that he expected the new rule meant "the floodgates are going to open" to guys testing the draft, though he told the Star last week that the NBA doesn't have to play ball here -- it doesn't have to invite any "testing" players to the combine at all.
Interesting to note that Draft Express' 2017 mock has two Washington freshmen solidly in the first round: Marquese Chriss at No. 8 and Dejounte Murray at No. 19. Lauri Markkanen is at No. 25 and USC's Chimezie Metu is No. 28.
Ticket applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Final Four in Phoenix through May 31, though there is no rush because selections will be made randomly.
Applicants must pre-pay the tickets at $200 total for both days plus a $25 application fee, and those who don't get selected in July will be refunded the ticket price but not the application fee (which includes a program).
Gabe York and Ryan Anderson posted thanks via Twitter:
Just wanted to thank everyone who made my four years so special at U of A. I'll miss everything about this place pic.twitter.com/x6dbAt7N30— Gabe York™ (@GabeYork01) March 21, 2016