[h=3]Be advised: Brock Motum in for a big year[/h] August, 15, 2012 Aug 15 9:30 AM ET By Eamonn Brennan | ESPN.com Recommend14 Tweet8 Comments5 Email Print Our blog buddy Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger is right: Maybe itâ€™s that his team didnâ€™t get much TV exposure last year. Maybe itâ€™s that his game is more substance than style. Either way, Washington State forward Brock Motum enters his senior season as one of the Pacâ€“12â€™s best-kept secrets despite averaging 18 points and shooting almost 40 percent from behind the arc last year. Itâ€™s true: Motum led the Pacâ€“12 (a bad Pacâ€“12, but still, the Pacâ€“12) in scoring in 2011â€“2012, finishing with 18.1 points on 55.4 percent from the field and 39.7 percent from 3. He finished the season with an offensive rating of 109.0, the highest in the Pacâ€“12 among players who used at least 28 percent of their teamâ€™s available possessions. His effective field-goal percentage (59.1) and true shooting percentage (62.6) both ranked in the top 70 nationally, and he added a 17.0 percent rebounding rate for good measure. (Motum didnâ€™t do much on the offensive glass, and averaged just 6.5 rebounds per game, because he often found himself away from the low post on offense. When youâ€™re 6-footâ€“10 and shoot 40 percent from 3, this kind of thing tends to happen.) Anyway, point is, despite a lack of national attention -- which is understandable, given how thoroughly mediocre (if that) Washington State was -- Motum was awfully good in 2011â€“12. As Jeff writes above, heâ€™s been awfully good in August, too. The Cougars are in the midst of their foreign exhibition trip to Motumâ€™s homeland of Australia, where he has scored no fewer than 21 points in all five of the Cougarsâ€™ games, highlighted by a 41-point game in which Motum shot 13â€“of-19 from the field, 3-ofâ€“4 from 3, and 12-ofâ€“16 from the free-throw line. After which Motum introduced some of his teammates to â€œSurfers Paradise,â€ a beach outside Brisbane that appears to be, based on my quick Google Maps search, exactly what it says it is. (The modifying â€œSurfersâ€ is too restrictive. Frankly, it just looks like paradise.) From a stictly statistical standpoint -- discounting team success and other nefarious qualities typically insisted upon by media voters -- you could make a strong case that Motum deserved to be the 2011â€“12 Pacâ€“12 player of the year. Thanks largely to the influx of talent at UCLA and Arizona, the 2012â€“13 Pacâ€“12 awards might be an even harder nut to crack. But if he approximates any of this summerâ€™s homegrown performance come winter, heâ€™ll make his case again. This time, perhaps, weâ€™ll be forced to notice.