It was a wild weekend for Pac-12 basketball as Maryland's pursuit of Arizona coach Sean Miller coincided with three top players, including Stanford guard Jeremy Green, announcing they would remain in the NBA Draft.
The league has now lost its top-five scorers from last season: Washington State guard Klay Thompson, Arizona forward Derrick Williams, USC center Nikola Vucevic, Washington guard Isaiah Thomas, and Green.
That's four juniors and a sophomore, with only Williams projected for the Lottery.
Exactly what role Green's academic suspension played remains uncertain. He was cleared to return to school in the fall, but being home in Austin no doubt provided the opportunity to talk himself into leaving, unfettered by any logical advice from the Stanford coaches.
He wasn't a player who made everyone around him better, and his absence will give the talented sophomores, especially forward Dwight Powell and wing Anthony Brown, room to blossom.
Stanford probably will be worse without Green early in the season but may end up better in the stretch run.
The Cardinal will be slotted in the bottom third of the conference in preseason projections, creating the opportunity for an upside surprise -- something the sagging program desperately needs.
Assuming Abdul Gaddy makes a full recovery, the Huskies will be well-stocked in the backcourt and, assuming the big men develop, should be a factor in the league race.
The Cougars have underachieved for two years under coach Ken Bone, and the clouds hovering over the program are growing darker by the month.
There was a point late in the week that it appeared Miller was gone. But the sentiment changed Saturday afternoon, when he interview with Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson.
Whether Anderson said something that made Miller reconsider, or the offer wasn't enough, the news got better very quickly for the Wildcats.
Also on the top tier: Cal, UCLA and Washington.