UCLA and Washington had the most tournament success of the Pac-10 in the NCAA tournament last year, so it's no surprise those two teams make up a large part of Rivals.com's preseason All-Pac-10 team.
The national runner-up Bruins placed guard Arron Afflalo and forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute on the first team for the prowess on both offense and defense.
The cupboard is hardly bare at Washington despite the departure of Brandon Roy. Sophomore point guard Justin Dentmon returns to the Huskies while Lorenzo Romar will reload with a top recruiting class led by center Spencer Hawes.
Arizona is an x-factor in the Pac-10 with Mustafa Shakur and Marcus Williams, both second team all-conference, hoping to help the Wildcats rebound from a disappointing 2005-06. And USC, with Nick Young and Gabe Pruitt, is poised to start making an impact on the conference in a new arena.
Find out who else will shape the Pac-10 race this year in Rivals.com's All-Pac-10 team and All-Freshman team:
Rivals.com 2006-07 Preseason All-Pac-10 First Team
G Justin Dentmon, Washington, 5-11, 185, So. Dentmon became Washington's starting point guard as a true freshman and is one of only two returning starters for the Huskies. Washington is in good hands with Dentmon, who averaged 8.3 points and 3.76 assists per game along with 52 steals.
G Arron Afflalo, UCLA, 6-5, 215 UCLA may have lost point guard Jordan Farmar to the NBA, but the Bruins are elated to return Afflalo, their leading scorer from last season. Afflalo is the Bruins' best offensive player and is among their best defensive players. With Farmar gone, he may have to assume some point guard duties.
F Nick Young, USC, 6-6, 200, Jr. The swingman is the Pac-10's leading returning scorer at 17.3 points per game. He also led the Trojans with 6.6 rebounds. Young will be counted on to carry the load early. Guard Gabe Pruitt is out until January because of academic ineligibility.
F Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, UCLA, 6-8, 230, So. The Pac-10 Freshman of the Year was a key cog in the Bruins' run to the conference title and the national title game. He led the Bruins in rebounding (8.2 per game) and steals (44) in only his sixth year of organized basketball.
C Spencer Hawes, Washington, 7-0, 250, Fr. Washington is one of several teams benefiting from the new rule requiring players to be one year removed from their graduating class to enter the NBA Draft. Only Greg Oden was a higher-rated center in the Class of 2006.
Rivals.com 2006-07 Preseason All-Pac-10 Second Team