Before the season not sure how many people picked Jordan Loveridge to win a spot on the all-Pac-12 team, but the Utah sophomore forward is going to contend for all-conference honors.
He won the Pac-12 Player of the Week award today and unofficially threw his name in the league’s MVP race.
Last week Loveridge averaged 24.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.0 blocks to lead the Utes to a pair of wins. He shot 53.1 percent (17 of 32) from the field, including 7 of 16 (43.8 percent) on three-pointers in both games. He also made 7 of 9 (77.8 percent) free throws.
Loveridge led Utah to a 74-66 win over Idaho State with a career-high 27 points. He also had seven rebounds, four assists and three blocks.
In the next game, he tallied 21 points and a personal-best five assists in a big 81-64 victory over BYU, which snapped an eight-game losing streak to Utah’s cross-state rival.
At 9-1, the Utes are off to their best start since the 1997-98 season when they raced out to a 17-0 record before finishing 30-4.
Loveridge is the first Utah player to win the Pac-12 weekly award since joining the conference.
Washington nominated Perris Blackwell, who had 20 points and seven rebounds in a win over Idaho State.
Others nominated include: Arizona’s Brandon Ashley, Arizona State’s Jordan Bachynski, California’s Richard Solomon, Colorado’s Xavier Johnson, Oregon’s Mike Moser, Oregon State’s Devon Collier, Stanford’s Dwight Powell and UCLA’s Jordan Adams.
If the first six weeks of the season are any indication, it’s going to be a wide-open race for the Pac-12 MVP award. Here’s a look at the previous winners of the Pac-12 Player of the Week award.
2013-14 Pac-12 Players of the Week
Nov. 11 ….. Tyrone Wallace, So., California
Nov. 18 ….. Roberto Nelson, Sr., Oregon State
Nov. 25 ….. Jahii Carson, So., Arizona State
Dec. 2 …… Nick Johnson, Jr., Arizona
Dec. 9 …… Askia Booker, Jr., Colorado