This article is part of our Conference Preview series.
Following a season rocked by scandal and mediocrity in the NCAA tournament (the conference didn't win a game), the Pac-12 faced a resurgence of sorts in 2018-19. It won a total of four NCAA tournament games, even seeing Oregon lose to the eventual Champion – Virginia – in the Sweet 16.
The conference looks quite top heavy on paper, with Oregon, Arizona and Washington expected to separate themselves from the rest of the pack as the season goes on. Oregon loses quite a bit of talent but seems to have reloaded via the transfer market and late reclassifications. Arizona welcomes top recruits Nico Mannion and Josh Green to the fold. Washington adds the top overall recruit entering the conference in Isaiah Stewart, who appears ready to lead the Huskies. An incredible influx of young talent, specifically big-men, is brought to the conference to mix with plenty of savvy veterans for the upcoming campaign. On paper, the Pac-12 still looks like the weakest of the major conferences, but is ripe for the taking and should be full of intrigue for the 2019-20 season.
Center: Nick Rakocevic, C, Sr, USC
There were a few to choose from in a conference loaded with big men, but Rakocevic is up there with some of the best in the country at the center position, fantasy-wise. Last season, the soon-to-be senior averaged 14.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game, both top-10 in the conference. His usage likely won't stop there, as according