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 was 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 percentage 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 an 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 Player of 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 to be named to the All-Defensive Team, in addition joining 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 remembered 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 the 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. He is the best participant in college basketball this season to rank within the top 50 in each steals (1st, three.Fifty five SPG) and blocks (18th, 2.32 ppg). 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.
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 recipients of the league’s Most Improved Player award from Colorado, has extra than 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 and 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.
PAC-12 SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Stephen Thompson Jr., Sr., G, OREGON STATE Announced final Friday, Thompson Jr., who completed his bachelor’s degree in digital communication arts with a three.57 grade-factor average in just three years, is the first Oregon State recipient of the Conference’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year award in men’s basketball. She is currently pursuing his master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with a focal point on speech conversation and sociology, Thompson Jr. Is 1-of-nine important conference players to earn CoSIDA Academic All-District honors this season and is among 40 on the ballot for country extensive Academic All-America honors. The senior protect, and three-time team captain from Los Angeles is second at the Beavers’ roster in scoring (16.Three ppg) and steals (47) and ranks first with 61 three-recommendations while leading the Pac-12 in mins performed (36.7) this season. He is OSU’s career leader with 230 3-tips and is the active leading scorer within the Pac-12 with 1,757 profession factors, a total which ranks fourth all-time at OSU and 48th in Conference records. Among the listing of Thompson Jr.’s accolades are Pac-12 All-Academic First Team (2017, 2018), NABC Honors Court (2018), CoSIDA Academic All-District eight (2018, 2019) and Pac-12 Player of the Week (1/14/19). He has additionally represented OSU at the league’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) meetings in addition to the Pac-12 All-Star Team excursion of Australia in 2016. He has additionally volunteered at the Corvallis Boys and Girls Club, and the Corvallis Caring Place participated in reading With The Beavs on the Corvallis Library and a Pen Pal software with Linwood Elementary in Portland and spoke to students at Linus Pauling Middle School approximately the importance of staying in college.
PAC-12 JOHN R. WOODEN COACH OF THE YEAR: Mike Hopkins, WASHINGTON Hopkins earns his 2nd John R. Wooden Coach of the Year award in as many seasons as head teach at Washington, guiding the Huskies to their 12th Conference crown and first because of 2011-12. He led Washington to the fifth-high-quality begin in the history of the Conference’s 18-recreation layout (1978-79) at 10-0 en course to a fifteen-three league mark and 24-7 universal report. Hopkins is the primary train in league history to earn the Coach of the Year award in each of his first two seasons with a software, and is merely the fourth to repeat becoming a member of Mike Bernard Law Montgomery (1999, 2000; 2003, 2004) and Lute Olson (1988, 1989; 1993, 1994), who each executed the repeat two times, as well as Dana Altman (2015, 2016). With Hopkins’ repeat, Washington becomes the first college in Conference records to comb the Coach, Player and Defensive Player of the Year awards in the same season.