It’s a pleasure for us, to share to our special readers this interview we could made with Kevin Pelton (the young ace), Espn, about PAC 12 and with a little jump to the NBA-Seattle affair.
Here below his answers to our questions:
Hi Kevin and welcome to dailybasket. First, please which is your opinion in this new Pac12’s new season?
“I think Oregon and Arizona have established themselves at the top two. The Ducks’ loss at Baylor was a tricky game on the road in the opener and Oregon was without Dillon Brooks, who should be back for the Maui Invitational. Arizona started well without Allonzo Trier by beating Michigan State in Hawaii. UCLA should also be in the mix with a nice combination of talented freshmen and experienced guards.”
Can a Pac12’s team really go deeper in this year NCAA tournament?
“Is this the year a Pac-12 team makes it back to the Final Four for the first time since conference expansion? There’s no reason that can’t happen; Arizona and Oregon have both gotten to the brink recently, and at that point whether you make it or not is mostly random.”
About your loved Huskies, which is your impression about the team and may them really, as some think, be the sleeper team in this season?
“Well, after losing to Yale in their season opener, it’s going to be a deep sleeper indeed. The Huskies should have better depth than years past but I fear there’s just not enough experience on the roster to contend for a return to the NCAA tournament with only one upperclassmen in the rotation in JC transfer Malik Dime.”
What do you think about Markelle Fultz?
He’s got all the tools to be a great player, both in what will certainly be his lone college season and then on in the NBA. I look forward to watching him develop.
In your opinion which is the situation of theyr basketball program in general?
“It’s a transition period. Some transfers and recruiting misses have left the Huskies short on experience and continuity, and unfortunately that’s overshadowed the talent (or more accurately potential) of the NBA-bound top recruits on the roster. By 2017-18 I’m optimistic there will be enough seasoning to complement Michael Porter Jr. and another loaded recruiting class, but the road there could be bumpy.”
A jump to NBA. We read a lot about the return of NBA team in Seattle in these last years.In your opinion when we’ll see that especially considering that from here, expansion appears to be the only way and NBA will not facilitate that in the next years?
“I don’t know that it will happen any time soon for the reasons you lay out. I think the important thing is for Seattle to be in position and ready when and if the NBA is ready to expand or some team is having trouble succeeding financially in its current market.”
At this point which is the most important aspect to reach that goal?
“The necessary first step is finalizing an arena plan. Chris Hansen’s group has put years of work into constructing a proposal that should be favorable for them and the city, but unfortunately the looming presence of KeyArena and possibility of a remodel has made it difficulty for the mayor and city council to give the firm go-ahead necessary for such planning to proceed.”
Looking forward to the next Peltoncast’s episode, we express to Kevin our gratitude for the time he dedicate us.