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Sonoran Hot Reads: Ryan Anderson named National Player of the Week

The first Arizona player to ever win the award

James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

We've already seen plenty of praise roll in for Ryan Anderson after his dominant weekend in Washington, but on Tuesday, he earned a first in Arizona Wildcats history. Anderson was named the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week by the US Basketball Writers Association, and is actually the third-straight Pac-12 player to win the award, following the lead of Jakob Poeltl and Dillon Brooks.

- Anderson will have a chance to redeem himself against USC this weekend after a poor outing against the Trojans last time these teams met. We chatted about that and more in this week's roundtable

- Pat Forde took a long look at the state of the Pac-12, and also had a pretty interesting Q&A with Bobby Hurley

- Eamonn Brennan thinks Oregon is the only Pac-12 team locked into the field, and that Arizona still has some work to do

- Rawle Alkins will be in town this weekend on an official visit. This could be a big deal, considering he was just in Tucson on an unofficial visit two weeks ago


- Spring football starts Friday. ESPN has Arizona 7th in the post-National Signing Day power rankings. The Wildcats were 10th before, so that's a nice bump up

- Arizona has the 9th-easiest non-conference schedule next year apparently

Other sports

- Women's golf finished 10th out of 16 teams at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge

- The swimming and diving Pac-12 All-Century team was released, and Arizona had four former Wildcats make the squad

Tucson news

- One person was arrested after a house fire on the south side

- The fire started by an Air Force training accident is now over 1,000 acres

- Nine people have died at Skydive Arizona in Eloy since December 2013, and Tuesday's was the third since New Year's Eve