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March 5, 2012 at 5:16 AM

Percy Allen’s Pac-12 postseason awards

The Pac-12 postseason awards will be announced later today. If I had a vote, this is how I’d cast my ballot. It’s interesting to note, there’s only one player who finished the season from last season’s first team all-conference squad.
Player of the Year: Tony Wroten Jr., Washington
Comment: By the slimmest of margins, I gave it to Wroten over Terrence Ross. Just can’t see anyone else winning although I wouldn’t be surprised if 4-5 players were to receive votes from the coaches. I suspect Ross will win and he deserves the award. Still I picked Wroten because I felt he played well in 11 conference games whereas Ross had 10 really good performances.
Freshman of the Year: Tony Wroten Jr., Washington
Comment: The other reason Wroten may not win the POY is because he’s the overwhelming favorite to win the FOY. And if Wroten and Ross are close, then I can see the coaches spreading the love. Keep in mind, only two freshmen (Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Kevin Love) have won the POY and they were very special. As for the FOY, Wroten wrapped up this award by midseason.
Defensive Player of the Year: Jorge Gutierrez, California
Comment: Consider this a nod to his career achievements. Not sure if Gutierrez has been all that dominant this year, but he’s a two-time all-defensive team choice.
Most Improved Player of the Year: Brock Motum, Washington State
Comment: This one is easy. Motum will likely be a unanimous choice among the coaches. He averaged 7.6 points last year and finished second in the conference this season at 18.1. Motum was six points shy of winning the league scoring title.
Coach of the Year: Lorenzo Romar, Washington
Comment: Washington was picked fourth in the preseason media poll and finished first. The Huskies lost four players and 56 points from last year’s team. Lost Scott Suggs to season-ending foot injury. And yet, Washington finished with its second best conference record in school history.
ALL-PAC-12
FIRST TEAM

Allen Crabbe, Cal
Jorge Gutierrez, Cal
Devoe Joseph, Oregon
Terrence Ross, Washington
Tony Wroten Jr., Washington
Comment: Crabbe flies under the radar, but I suspect he’ll be one of the featured players in the conference if he returns next season. Joseph had a great second half. Before the Pac-12 season, I had him on the third team.
SECOND TEAM
Jared Cunningham, Oregon State
Kyle Fogg, Arizona
Solomon Hill, Arizona
Brock Motum, Washington State
Andre Roberson, Colorado
Comment: Fogg hardly distinguished himself during the non-conference season, but he came on in conference play and was a two-time Pac-12 Player of the Week winner. Roberson is the only player in the conference to average double figures in scoring (11.2) and rebounding (11.2).
THIRD TEAM
Justin Cobbs, Cal
Lazeric Jones, UCLA
Chasson Randle, Stanford
E.J. Singler, Oregon
C.J. Wilcox, UW
Comment: Wilcox is the only non-starter to earn postseason honors. Singler and Cobbs were obvious choices, but Jones and Randle might have been a reach. Cal’s Harper Kamp, Oregon State’s Ahmad Starks and UCLA’s Travis Wear are also possibilities.
ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Spencer Dinwiddie, Colorado
DaVonte Lacy, Washington State
Nick Johnson, Arizona
Chasson Randle, Stanford
Tony Wroten Jr., Washington
Comment: Wroten, Randle and Dinwiddie are locks. Lacy and Johnson not so much. Arizona State’s Jonathan Gilling, Colorado’s Askia Booker and California David Kravish also deserve strong consideration.
ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM
Marcus Capers, Washington State
Jared Cunningham, Oregon State
Jorge Gutierrez, California
Kyle Fogg, Arizona
Aziz N’Diaye, Washington
Comment: Gutierrez, the Defensive Player of the Year and Cunningham, who was selected to the all-defensive team last year and is among the nations leaders with 77 steals, are locks. Fogg and Capers have built reputations as solid defenders and N’Diaye is the best low-post road block in the conference.

Comments | Topics: Askia Booker, C.J. Wilcox, Scott Suggs

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