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December 24, 2011 at 1:50 PM

Many newcomers highlight Pac-12 nonconference awards

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Photo credit: Pac-12
On Christmas Eve, no better time to dole out awards and recognize which Pac-12 players have distinguished themselves so far in the college basketball season.
These are nonconference awards and not necessarily a guess as to how the end-of-the season voting will shake out among the league coaches.
With just one returning all-conference player on a Pac-12 roster this season, there was going to be plenty of new stars in the league.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jared Cunningham, Oregon State (above)
Pac-12’s leading scorer tallied 35 and 37 points. When he’s scored less than 10, OSU lost both games.
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Tony Wroten Jr., Washington
Coach Lorenzo Romar has tough decision next week. Does Wroten return to the bench?
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jorge Gutierrez, California
Quite honestly, Gutierrez wins due to his reputation as a defensive pit bull.
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Aaron Bright, Stanford
After freshman struggles, Bright is in the conversation of best point guard in the Pac-12.
COACH OF THE YEAR: Johnny Dawkins, Stanford
This could have gone to OSU’s Craig Robinson, but Dawkins gets the nod for now.
More awards below.


ALL-PAC-12 FIRST TEAM
Jared Cunningham, Oregon State
Allen Crabbe, Cal
Devon Collier, Oregon State
Jorge Gutierrez, Cal
Josh Owens, Stanford
The top teams dominate. Collier is the biggest surprise.
SECOND TEAM
Aaron Bright, Stanford
Solomon Hill, Arizona
Andre Roberson, Colorado
Terrence Ross, Washington
Tony Wroten Jr., Washington
Roberson is the only Pac-12 player averaging a double figures in scoring and rebounding.
THIRD TEAM
Maurice Jones, USC
Devoe Joseph, Oregon
Trent Lockett, Arizona State
Brock Motum, Washington State
Josh Watkins
, Utah
The best of the rest. Joseph has only played five games and Oregon’s E.J. Singler could take his spot.
ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Spencer Dinwiddie, Colorado
DaVonte Lacy, Washington State
Nick Johnson, Arizona
Chasson Randle, Stanford
Tony Wroten Jr., Washington
Solid freshman class is getting better. Keep an eye on Dinwiddie.

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