Roundup: Four Pac-12 hoopers announce NBA Draft futures
Star Arizona freshman Zeke Nnaji was one of three Pac-12 men's basketball student-athletes to declare for the NBA Draft this week. The Wildcats released a stirring highlight tape from Nnaji's breakout season that saw him named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.
Washington's Isaiah Stewart also decided to take his talents to the league, declaring for the NBA Draft on Wednesday. UW head coach Mike Hopkins lauded his big man's talent, saying "He is a special kid and I was honored to coach him."
ASU redshirt junior Romello White was one of the few upperclassmen to announce a decision on his NBA future. White said he would submit his name to the NBA Draft committee and look for feedback before taking further steps. Remy Martin joined the NBA discussion as well, announcing his intent to play professionally next year.
Former Golden Bear and current USWNT star Alex Morgan gave an in-depth interview to Glamour magazine about her life, training and pregnancy during the current pandemic. Morgan had originally targeted competing for Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics after giving birth to her first child but had to change course after the Olympics were postponed to 2021.
Oregon State women's gymnastics head coach Tanya Chaplin is back to full duty after taking a leave of absence earlier this year to deal with health-related issues. Chaplin will lead Beaver gymnastics for the 24th straight year in 2021.
UCLA men's basketball head coach Mick Cronin took some time to pen a letter to Bruins fans around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic. In it, he thanked the fans for getting behind the team in his first year in Westwood, writing "the atmosphere and energy in Pauley Pavilion picked up, and our players definitely noticed."
Clay Helton took USC football fans behind the scenes on his daily routine from home with organized team activities canceled. Follow him on his journey from a 6:30 a.m. wake-up to teleconference meetings with his assistant coaches to walking his two dogs in the afternoon.
The list of Oregon women's basketball accolades continues to grow through awards seasons. This week, Sabrina Ionescu took home the Wade Trophy and the Senior CLASS award for women's basketball. Meanwhile, Ruthy Hebard and Satou Sabally were named to the WBCA All-American team. Ionescu capped off the impressive week by winning the Naismith Trophy Player of the Year honor Friday morning.
Senior Stanford softball catcher Montana Dixon added a new member to her family this week, sharing a video with her adorable new puppy, Rocky, while checking in on the health and safety of her fellow Cardinal.
Colorado skier Mikaela Tommy was named the Women's Alpine Skier of the Year for the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association on Wednesday. The senior from Wakefield, Quebec, finished her season with five race victories and nine podium appearances in her 10 races.
Washington State baseball took some time to recap the Cougs' big strides in a shortened season. It was Brian Green's first year as skipper for the Cougs, who finished with a 9-7 record that included the program's first series win against a Big Ten school (Rutgers) and the program's first four-game sweep since 2017 (Niagara).
The Utah football family mourned the death of alumnus Bob Garff, who served as the speaker of the Utah House of Representatives from 1985-87. Garff and his wife Kathi pledged $17.5 million — the largest gift in Utah Athletics history — in April 2019 toward a south end zone expansion project, to be called the Ken Garff Performance Zone at Rice-Eccles Stadium.