After the jump, find my choices for the All-Pac-12 1st and 2nd teams, along with my Player, Coach, Newcomer, and Defender of the Year.
Please remember that the Rumblin' Awards are a strictly black tie affair.
All Pac-12 First Team -
(presented in alphabetical order)
- Jordan Adams - G - UCLA - 17.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.4 apg, 121.6 Ortg, 5.3 Stl%
A fantastic player that can generate offense on both ends, Adams continues to be one of the most dangerous scoring threats in the conference. A pure shooter, efficient attacker, and smart player, he's capable of beating a team in multiple ways. On the defensive end, he also happens to lead the league in every steal category, and post respectable rebounding rates (for a guard).
- Kyle Anderson - G - UCLA - 14.9 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 6.6 apg, 111.6 Ortg, 25 DR%, 35.2 Arate
- Jahii Carson - G - Arizona State - 18.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 4.5 apg, 99.9 Ortg, 31.7 %Pos
- Aaron Gordon - F - Arizona - 12.3 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.6 apg, 104.5 Ortg, 2.6 DWS
- Josh Huestis - F - Stanford - 11.5 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 1.2 apg, 108.2 Ortg, 87.1 %min, 1.9 bpg
- Nick Johnson - G - Arizona - 16.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.8 apg, 113.8 Ortg
- Chasson Randle - G - Stanford - 18.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.2 apg, 114.3 Ortg
- Josh Scott - F/C - Colorado - 14.5 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.2 bpg, 124.8 Ortg, 71.1 FTrate
Jeremy Adams said, he turned off his humanity this year, and CU was better off for it. If he makes a similar leap next season, we're talking conference player of the year, national All-American ceiling. Good God he's fun to watch.
- Richard Solomon - F - Cal - 11.2, 10.0 rpg, 1.3 apg, 104.4 Ortg, 28.3 DR%
- Delon Wright - G - Utah - 16.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 5.3 apg, 2.6 spg, 1.3 bpg, 122 Ortg
All Pac-12 Second Team -
(presented in alphabetical order)
- Jordan Bachynski - C - Arizona State - 11.2 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 4.2 bpg, 111.3 Ortg, 12.8 Blk%
- Askia Booker - G - Colorado - 13.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.5 apg, 99.6 Ortg, 26 Arate
- Justin Cobbs - Cal - G - 15.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 5.8 apg, 112.4 Ortg, 33.7 Arate
single-best moment of conference play. The only reason he's not first team is that I couldn't justify taking him over either of the other two point guards on the list.
- David Kravish - Cal - F - 11.3 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.9 bpg, 109.2 Ortg
- TJ McConnell - G - Arizona - 8.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 5.5 apg, 110.9 Ortg, 31.7 Arate
- Mike Moser - F - Oregon - 13.7 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 1.8 apg, 112.2 Ortg, 24.9 DR%
- Roberto Nelson - G - Oregon St - 20.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.7 apg, 111.3 Ortg, 32.3 %Pos
- Dwight Powell - F - Stanford - 14.1 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 3.4 apg, 100.1 Ortg
- CJ Wilcox - G - Washington - 18.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.6 apg, 120.2 Ortg, 60.4 TS%
- Joe Young - G - Oregon - 18.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.0 apg, 126.8 Ortg, 9.5 TORate
USC and WSU didn't place any players on either of my lists. In a conference clogged with one great team, one really good team, and eight above-average teams, the Trojans and Cougars were abysmal, and clearly behind the pack. Accordingly, none of their individual players proved to me that they were heads and shoulders above those honored in my 1st and 2nd teams. This isn't the MLB All-Star game, there are no guaranteed slots.
I will point out that Byron Wesley and DaVonte Lacy had some big games, respectively. If I had to pick from the Trojans and Cougars, they'd be it.
Player of the Year - Kyle Anderson
In a little bit of an upset, Nick Johnson is not in my top-two for this award. He's the best player on the best team, but that's not always who should get these things. For me, Anderson was a difference maker, and an impossible talent to guard. The dude's a freak; a step above the ability of most to counter.
As for runner-up, Wright was a stat-stuffing machine who carried Utah out of the doldrums. For single-handedly making the Utes relevant, I'm giving him the nod over Johnson.
Coach of the Year - Sean Miller
Coach Miller massaged a short bench made even shorter by a season-ending injury to one of his starters into a death machine of defensive brilliance. Were his individual set pieces better than anyone else's? Sure, but that doesn't undermine the fact that he, in my estimation, got more out of them than anyone else in the Pac-12 could've. He had a near-perfect year, and rightly deserves any and all accolades awarded for his efforts.
Krystkowiak gets the nod over Boyle and Altman for runner-up, as the Utes had to come from nowhere to become a fringe contender. Boyle had to overcome the devastating loss to Dinwiddie, and Altman similarly had to re-build his team mid-season (without the injury excuse), but both were working with far more than the other Coach K.
Defensive Player of the Year - Aaron Gordon
This one came down to the eye test for me. When watching, Gordon dominates the proceedings more on the defensive side, even if Wright may have slightly better numbers overall. In my mind, with the game on the line, Gordon is the last person I'd want to be going after, so he gets the nod. If that's not enough, I decided to give the award to the best defensive player on the best defensive team I've ever seen live.
Newcomer of the Year - Delon Wright
No one comes close. Not even Gordon. Wright alone was the difference maker for the Utes this year, putting that downtrodden program on the far fringes of Tournament contention. If not for their garbage non-conference schedule, he might have even managed to drag them, kicking and screaming, into the Dance. After that, he'd be only two miracles short of sainthood.
As it is, when a player comes in on his first year of D1 ball and winds up leading the nation in win shares, it's impossible not to sit up and take notice. If you don't think this award should go to Wright, you're just plain wrong.
Congrats to the winners! Your trophies are in the mail, I promise.