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March 5, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Reaction from around the Pac-12 on postseason awards

Here’s a collection of comments from Pac-12 coaches and players on the postseason awards that were announced today.
Washington coach Lorenzo Romar:
(What it means to win Coach of the Year?)
“Obviously, it helps when you win. It helps when you recruit good kids with good talent. I can’t say enough about my coaching staff, because they share this too. It should be ‘Coaching Staff of the Year’ because they have done a good job as well.”

(What does this say about the program?)
“I would just say that there is some stability and consistency.”
(Thoughts on neither of your guys winning player of the year) “A few years ago we felt Quincy Pondexter should have won it, but he didn’t. Jerome Randle, who was a heckuva player won it. The thought was that they won the league. This time, that wasn’t the case and I applaud Jorge (Gutierrez)…and not only him, but Allen Crabbe. He could have won it too. He is a heckuva player. I would have liked to have seen one of our guys win player of the year more than me get coach of the year. But, that is no knock on Jorge, because I and our whole team respects Jorge Gutierrez.”
Terrence Ross, Washington
(On not winning Pac-12 player of the year)
“I am a little surprised, but congratulations to Gutierrez. He is a great player and has helped Cal out a lot. You can see it in their record.”
(Can you use this as motivation moving forward?) “I am going to have to do that. I feel a little snubbed but you can’t really think about that stuff.”
(Had you been thinking about the award?) “Not really. I had a lot on the mind with the team and making the tournament. That was probably the last of my concerns. It’s kind of good now to get it out of the way and not have to think about it.”
Tony Wroten, Washington
(On being freshman of the year)
“It’s an honor and just such a blessing and I want to thank God for everything. It’s a tough conference with a lot of good freshmen, so for me to get it is a great reward.”
(Thoughts on you or Ross not earning Player of the Year) “Definitely we can use it as motivation. I for sure thought Terrence was going to get player of the year. Gutierrez is a good player and has been here for a long time, but I felt like Terrence did enough to where he was player of the year. To top it off, we won the conference so I thought Terrence would get it. It is what it is and our goal is to win the conference championship.”
(Thoughts on Romar getting Coach of the Year and what it is like to play for him) “It is an honor because he is one of the greatest coaches in the country. I’m blessed that I am able to be with him as my coach.”


Jorge Gutierrez, Cal
(On being selected Pac-12 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year)
“It means a lot to be named as one of the best players in the conference. Cal history has had a lot of great players from Jerome Randle to Jason Kidd. This is just an honor. It’s not even something that I can explain with words but I feel like my hard work has paid off, somehow. It’s an honor.”
(On being honored for his defensive effort) “I think defense is just something I always do. For the past three years, I’ve been on the defensive team, but never as the defensive player of the year. It’s an honor, again, but I feel like I deserve this one. I’m really thankful that I was named player of the year, but I feel like I deserve this one.”
Mike Montgomery, Cal
(On Gutierrez)
“I’m really happy for Jorge. This is an award voted on by the coaches, and you can’t vote for your own player, so they obviously, I think, voted for Jorge based on what he has meant to our program; I think more than just this year–but over a four-year period. I think every coach in the league would love to have Jorge on their team and for all the intrinsic things that he does for you. Certainly, we’ve been the beneficiary of his services. We’ve finished first, second, third, and fourth, in the four years I’ve been here. He’s been here for all four of those years and has been a big part of that.”
Brock Motum, Washington State
“It’s an honor to get the awards, the most improved award and first team, but I’ve still got a lot of improving to do. Still I would much prefer to win a Pac-12 championship then win an individual award. Hopefully we can get that in the future.”

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