Colorado may have the best backcourt in the Pac-12 if not the country. Spencer Dinwiddie gets national acclaim and is projected as a first-round pick in this summer’s NBA draft while Askia Booker continues to show up big in big games and collect awards.
On Monday, Booker picked up the Pac-12 Player of the Week award following Sunday’s career-high 27-point performance, which led Colorado to a 100-91 victory at Coors Events Center at then-No. 10 Oregon.
Against the Ducks, the 6-3 junior guard shot 8-of-16 from the field (.500 FG percentage) and 10-of-12 from the charity stripe (.833 FT percentage). He also had a season-best seven rebounds with four assists and a steal.
In a 64-58 win over Oregon State, Booker went 3-of-10 in field goals and was a perfect 6-of-6 from the free-throw line. He also tallied four rebounds, four steals, and two assists to go with his team-high 13 points.
Booker averaged 20.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.5 steals for Colorado, which improved from No. 20 to 15 in the Associated Press top 25 poll on Monday.
Booker told the Denver Post: “It’s good to be noticed. People don’t think I’ve been playing that well. But these past four or five games, I played up to par. My teammates, my coaches, they still have 100-percent confidence in me.”
Booker also won the Pac-12 weekly award Dec. 9 after draining a last-second three-pointer to upset then-No. 6 Kansas. He’s won the award three times.
Washington nominated C.J. Wilcox who averaged 18.5 points while the Huskies posted a 1-1 record last week.
Other players nominated: Arizona’s Nick Johnson, California’s Tyrone Wallace, UCLA’s Kyle Anderson and Utah’s Brandon Taylor.
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
Dec. 16 – Jordan Loveridge, So., Utah
Dec. 23 – Chasson Randle, Jr., Stanford
Dec. 30 – Roberto Nelson, Sr., Oregon State