This article is part of our Conference Preview series.
The 2016-17 season was an up year for the Pac 12. Arizona was excellent as usual usual, UCLA wormed its way into the national conversation behind Lonzo Ball, and Oregon played to its talent level by advancing to the Final Four. Unfortunately, all three of those teams suffered severe personnel losses, but there is plenty of talent still in conference. The top three teams did restock the shelves with the below mentioned transfers and freshmen. USC may be the team to watch with a talented roster of returnees, so maybe the Trojans can take advantage while the other teams take some time to find their way.
Top Three PlayersElijah Brown (G)
In two years with New Mexico, Brown showed that he could score against anyone in the country. The 6-foot-4 son of coach Mike Brown started his career at Butler, so he is back at a Tier 1 school after three years away. He averaged 18.8 points and 5.2 rebounds with the Lobos last season, but moved on as a graduate transfer to the Ducks. He may have to improve his shot selection under coach Dana Altman – he hit just 37.9 percent of his field goals last season and struggled with a strained hamstring. Brown should fit in the backcourt next to Peyton Pritchard and could be among the leading scorers in the Pac 12.
Reid Travis (F)
When it comes to the All-Pac 12 team, the conference is generous. The first team includes 10 players, but nine