SAN FRANCISCO – In a vote of the 12 Conference coaches, WASHINGTON’s Jaylen Nowell has been chosen the 2018-19 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Player of the Year; ARIZONA STATE’s Luguentz Dort changed into voted the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year; WASHINGTON’s Matisse Thybulle turned into decided on as repeat Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year; COLORADO’s Tyler Bey has tabbed the Pac-12 Most Improved Player of the Year; UTAH’s Donnie Tillman earned the Pac-12 Sixth Man of the Year; OREGON STATE’s Stephen Thompson Jr.
Become named Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and WASHINGTON’s Mike Hopkins claimed the John R. Wooden Pac-12 Coach of the Year honor for the second one directly season, Commissioner Larry Scott introduced nowadays. Nowell, who powered the Huskies to the outright Pac-12 normal-season title, turns into the third Husky to claim the Conference’s Player of the Year honor, joining Brandon Roy in 2005-06 and Chris Welp in 1985-86. Similar to Roy’s win in 2005-06, Nowell’s choice stems mostly from his efficiency at the offensive give up.
The 6-four protect from Seattle wrapped the regular season seventh inside the league in scoring (sixteen.3 ppg), fifteenth in assists (three.1 ppg), and 18th in rebounding (5.4 RPG) at the same time as capturing better than 50 percent from the sphere (eleventh in Pac-12, .504) and 40 percent in the back of the arc (4th, .427). Per College Basketball Reference, Nowell is the handiest participant in university
basketball this season to post such a green stat line (sixteen ppg/five rpg/3 APG/50% FG/forty% 3FG) and could be considered one of just 3 Conference players – in conjunction with Roy in 2005-06 and Arizona State’s James Harden in 2007-08 – to report the line over the past 25 seasons. Nowell is the 9th underclassman to earn the Year award inclusive of the 6th, seeing that 2007-08 and the third inside the remaining four seasons.
PAC-12 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Luguentz Dort, Fr., G, ARIZONA STATE Dort is the Sun Devils’ fifth recipient of the Conference’s Freshman of the Year award, joining Byron Scott (1979-80), Jamal Faulkner (1990-91), Ike Diogu (2002-03) and Jahii Carson (2012-13). He also joins Arizona’s Deandre Ayton (2017-18) and Oregon’s Jordan Bell (2014-15) as inexperienced persons named the All-Defensive Team. He joins Ayton as the
handiest freshmen to additionally earn All-Conference popularity. The implementing 6-four protect from Montreal leads all Pac-12 freshmen and ranks inside the top 10 within the league in scoring (9th, 16.2 ppg) and steals (T-fifth, 1.6 SPG) while ranking third on the Sun Devils in rebounding (four. Five RPG) and assists (2.4 APG).
Dort burst onto the countrywide scene in November with tournament MVP honors at the MGM Grand Main Event, in which he led ASU beyond Mississippi State and Utah State and changed into named NCAA.Com National Player of the Week, earlier than assisting the Sun Devils to their quality Pac-12 everyday season in 9 years (12-6) and the No. 2 seed for the Pac-12 Tournament.
PAC-12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Matisse Thybulle, Sr., G, WASHINGTON Thybulle, a finalist for the Naismith Trophy Defensive Player of the Year, will remember as arguably the first-class shielding participant in Conference history as he joins Gary Payton II as the best repeat winners of the Defensive Player of the Year, an
award that turned into discontinued after the elder Gary Payton gained it as a freshman in 1986-87 previous to it being reinstated in 2007-08. The 6-5 senior closed the ordinary season with an NCAA-leading one hundred ten steals to same Jason Kidd’s unmarried-season Conference report set in 1992-93 while also rating second in league with 72 blocked photographs – turning into the best collegiate player in the remaining sector century to record one hundred ten steals and 70 blocks in a season consistent with College Basketball-Reference. This season, h -Thybulle (315 steals, 175 blocks) will enter the Pac-12 Tournament six steals shy of Gary Payton’s Conference report of 321 career takes and is the most straightforward college basketball player given that 1992-ninety three with greater than 300 steals and a hundred and fifty blocks in a career. This season, he is the best participant in college basketball to rank within the top 50 in each steals (1st, three. Fifty-five SPG) and block (18th, 2.32 ppg).
PAC-12 MOST IMPROVED PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Tyler Bey, So., F, COLORADO Bey finished his 2nd regular season at Colorado tied for the league lead with 14 double-doubles and finished just shy of averaging one with 13.4 factors and 9.6 rebounds per sport, totals which rank sixteenth and 2d in the Pac-12, respectively. The 6-7 forward
from Las Vegas also ranks inside the pinnacle ten inside the league in field intention percentage (8th, .559) and blocked shots (ninth, 1.2 bpg). Bey, who joins former teammate George King as the recipient of the league’s Most Improved Player award from Colorado, has doubled his scoring average (6.1 ppg) even as supporting the Buffaloes to a winning Conference file (10-eight) for the first time in three seasons.
PAC-12 SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR: Donnie Tillman, So., F, UTAH Tillman has come off the bench in thirteen-of-18 Conference video games and 16-of-30 video games usual, supplying 10.3 points five.Three rebounds in almost 27 minutes in step with a contest for Utah.
After converting handiest nine 3-suggestions (9-28) in 28 games as a freshman, Tillman has progressed to 43 triples on 37 percentage taking pictures (forty three-116) in his sophomore campaign, helping the Utes to an 11-7 mark and third location inside the league standings after being picked eighth in the preseason media ballot. To be eligible for Pac-12 Sixth Man of the Year, players should not exceed multiple-1/3 starts in league games.