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February 29, 2012 at 6:09 AM

Romar, Wroten picked to win Pac-12 awards

Drew Shiller believes Monday will be a big day for Washington when the Pac-12 postseason awards are announced.
He predicts Tony Wroten Jr. will win the conference’s Player of the Year and Freshman of Year awards. Shiller also believes Lorenzo Romar will collect Coach of the Year honors.
If Wroten were to win, he’d be the third freshman to win the league’s top award joining California’s Shareef Abdur-Rahim and UCLA’s Kevin Love.
The only UW players to win the POY award were Chris Welp in 1986 and Brandon Roy in 2006.
Shiller on his COY choice: “I’m giving coach Lorenzo Romar the Pac-12 Coach of the Year for the following reasons. You lose four key players off of last year’s team. Isaiah Thomas, 17 points and 6 assists per game. Matthew Bryan-Amaning, 15 points and 8 rebounds per game. Justin Holiday, 10 points and 5 rebounds per game. And Venoy Overton, who as we know wrecked havoc defensively for the Huskies.
“Secondly, when you lose Scott Suggs who was supposed to be their senior leader and their captain. He’s missed the entire year with a foot injury. He’s redshirting and he’ll be back next year.
“And then third, the Huskies really could have folded early on in the season when they lost five games in the nonconference, culminating in that blowout, embarrassing loss at home to South Dakota State. But they rallied together. I don’t think we would have given Coach Romar this award early in the season, but they way the Huskies are in position now to win the Pac-12 regular-season title (is) unbelievable stuff.”
Shiller likes Colorado’s Andre Roberson to win the Defensive Player of the Year award.
Here’s the Pac-12 release this week.
With a week remaining, five teams are in the hunt for a Pac-12 title and there’s a slim chance for a four-way tie at the finish. Some bizarre things would need to happen and Washington can eliminate Arizona, Colorado and Oregon with a win Thursday at USC.
The victory would give the Huskies at least a share of the conference crown.
THURSDAY’S GAMES:
Utah (6-22, 3-13) at Oregon State (15-13, 5-11), 7 p.m.
Colorado (19-9, 11-5) at Oregon (20-8, 11-5), 7:30 p.m. (FSN)
Washington State (14-14, 6-10) at UCLA (16-13, 9-7), 7:30 p.m.
Washington (20-8, 13-3) at USC (6-23, 1-15), 8 p.m. (USCTrojans.com)
SATURDAY’S GAMES:
Washington at UCLA, 11 a.m. (CBS)
Colorado at Oregon State, 1 p.m. (FSN)
Utah at Oregon, 3 p.m. (CSN NW)
Washington State at USC, 3 p.m. (USCTrojans.com)
SUNDAY’S GAMES:
Arizona (21-9, 12-5) at Arizona State (9-20, 5-12), 1:30 p.m. (FSN)
California (23-7, 13-4) at Stanford (19-10, 9-8), 2:30 p.m. (FSN)

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