Stanford senior Josh Huestis won the Pac-12 Player of the Week award on Monday. It’s the second time he’s been honored during his career.
The Cardinal (18-8, 9-5 Pac-12), winners of five of its past six games, are one of the hottest teams in the conference and it moved into third place in the conference standings after a homestand sweep of USC and then-No.23 UCLA.
Huestis played a major role in both wins. The 6-7 forward averaged 16.5 points, 12.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks while shooting 50.0 percent overall (12-24) and 72.7 percent (8-11) from the free throw line.
In the 80-59 rout of USC, he tallied three blocks to increase his career total to 169 and surpass the previous school record of 167 established by Tim Young (1994-99). Huestis also scored 11 points and grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds for his sixth double-double.
Two days later in an 83-74 upset against UCLA, Huestis finished with a career-high tying 22 points, six rebounds and five blocks.
A Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year candidate, Huestis is averaging 11.3 points and a team-high 8.4 rebounds per game with 53 blocks. He’s one of only three Stanford players to boast career marks of at least 500 points, 500 rebounds and 100 blocks: Huestis (910, 758, 174), Tim Young (1544, 1070, 167) and Howard Wright (1599, 860, 121).
Washington nominated freshman guard Nigel Williams-Goss, who averaged 13.5 points on 54.5 percent shooting, 7.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds while the Huskies split a pair of road games at Oregon and Oregon State. He notched the first double double for a Pac-12 freshman in conference games with 14 points and 10 assists during an 86-62 win at OSU. The 10 assists were the most by a UW freshman since 1994.
Other players nominated include: Arizoon’s T.J. McConnell and Oregon’s Mike Moser.
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
Jan. 6 — Askia Booker, Jr., Colorado
Jan. 13 — Justin Cobbs, Sr., California
Jan. 20 — Delon Wright, Jr., Utah
Jan. 27 — Kyle Anderson, So., UCLA
Feb. 3 – Justin Cobbs, Sr. California
Feb. 10 – Jordan Bachynski, Sr., Arizona State
Feb. 17 — Jermaine Marshall, Sr. Arizona State