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Husky Men's Basketball

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January 31, 2012 at 11:07 AM

UW, Cal dominate Pac-12 mid-season awards

Bud Withers had a great idea and doled out mid-season Pac-12 awards the other day.
If I had a ballot – and if these awards even existed – this is how I’d vote.
Player of the Year: Jorge Gutierrez, California
Freshman of the Year: Tony Wroten Jr., Washington
Defensive Player of the Year: Jorge Gutierrez, California
Most Improved Player of the Year: Brock Motum, Washington State
Coach of the Year: Lorenzo Romar, Washington
Comment: Gutierrez edges Wroten by a hair simply because without him, Cal would fall apart whereas Washington could soldier on in the absence of Wroten. Motum averaged 7.6 points last season and he’s second in the Pac-12 in conference games at 19.3. Romar has taken a team that lost three starters and four prominent players and guided them to a first-place tie in the conference race.


ALL-PAC-12
FIRST TEAM

Allen Crabbe, Cal
Jorge Gutierrez, Cal
Jared Cunningham, Oregon State
Terrence Ross, Washington
Tony Wroten Jr., Washington
Comment: Two players from the league leaders and the conference scoring leader.
SECOND TEAM
Carlon Brown, Colorado
Solomon Hill, Arizona
Devoe Joseph, Oregon
Brock Motum, Washington State
Andre Roberson, Colorado
Comment: This is a collection of role players from last year who have moved into starring roles.
THIRD TEAM
Lazeric Jones, UCLA
Ahmad Starks, Oregon State
Josh Owens, Stanford
E.J. Singler, Oregon
Travis Wear, UCLA
Comment: Would have included UW’s C.J. Wilcox to the second or third team, but he’s played in just six conference games and has missed a third of the Pac-12 season to date.
ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Spencer Dinwiddie, Colorado
DaVonte Lacy, Washington State
Nick Johnson, Arizona
Chasson Randle, Stanford
Tony Wroten Jr., Washington
Comment: Randle is the only person who can seriously challenge Wroten for the Freshmam of the Year award.
ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM
Jared Cunningham, Oregon State
Jorge Gutierrez, California
Eric Moreland, Oregon State
Aziz N’Diaye, Washington
Andre Roberson, Colorado
Comment: The Beavers get two players on this team even though they are last in field goal defense.

Comments | Topics: C.J. Wilcox, UCLA

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