2013-14 Pac-12 Conference Men's Basketball Honors

Arizona Athletics

NICK JOHNSON NAMED MEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR;
AARON GORDON EARNS FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR HONORS;
JORDAN BACHYNSKI EARNS DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR HONORS:
ANTHONY BROWN EARNS MOST IMPROVED PLAYER OF THE YEAR;
SEAN MILLER HONORED AS THE JOHN WOODEN COACH OF THE YEAR

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – In a vote of the 12 Conference coaches, ARIZONA junior guard Nick Johnson has been named the 2013-14 Pac-12 Men's Basketball Player of the Year; ARIZONA forward Aaron Gordon was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year; ARIZONA STATE senior center Jordan Bachynski has been named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year; STANFORD junior guard Anthony Brown has been named Pac-12 Most Improved Player of the Year; and Sean Miller of ARIZONA is the John Wooden Coach of the Year, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today. 

The Complete Conference Teams:

ALL-PAC-12
First Team

Player School Pos. Class Height Weight Hometown (Last School)
Jordan Adams UCLA G So. 6-5 220 Atlanta, Ga. (Oak Hill Academy)
Kyle Anderson UCLA G So. 6-9 230 Fairview, N.J. (St. Anthony HS)
Jahii Carson ASU G So. 5-11 180 Mesa, Ariz. (Mesa HS)
Justin Cobbs CAL G Sr. 6-2 195 Los Angeles, Calif. (Minnesota)
Aaron Gordon ARIZ F Fr. 6-8 210 San Jose, Calif. (Archbishop Mitty)
Nick Johnson ARIZ G Jr. 6-3 200 Gilbert, Ariz. (Findlay Prep)
Dwight Powell STAN F Sr. 6-10 235 Toronto, Ontario, Canada (IMG Academy)
Chasson Randle STAN G Jr. 6-1 180 Rock Island, Ill. (Rock Island HS)
Josh Scott COLO F So. 6-10 245 Monument, Colo. (Lewis-Palmer HS)
Delon Wright UTAH G Jr. 6-5 180 Lawndale, Calif. (City College of San Francisco)

Second Team

Player School Pos. Class Height Weight Hometown (Last School)
Jordan Bachynski ASU C Sr. 7-2 250 Calgary, Alberta, Canada (Centennial HS)
T.J. McConnell ARIZ G Sr. 6-1 190 Pittsburgh, Pa. (Duquesne)
Roberto Nelson OSU G Sr. 6-3 198 Santa Barbara, Calif. (Santa Barbara HS)
C.J. Wilcox WASH G Sr. 6-5 195 Pleasant Grove, Utah (Pleasant Grove HS)
Joseph Young ORE G Jr. 6-3 185 Houston, Texas (Houston)

Honorable Mention (receiving at least three votes): Askia Booker (COLO, Jr., G), DaVonté Lacy (WSU, Jr., G), Jermaine Marshall (ASU, Sr., G), Mike Moser (ORE, Sr., F), Richard Solomon (CAL, Sr., F).

PAC-12 ALL-FRESHMEN TEAM

Player School Pos. Height Weight Hometown (Last School)
Bryce Alford UCLA G 6-3 180 Albuquerque, N.M. (La Cueva HS)
Aaron Gordon ARIZ F 6-8 210 San Jose, Calif. (Archbishop Mitty)
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson ARIZ F 6-7 205 Chester, Pa. (Chester HS)
Zach LaVine UCLA G 6-5 180 Seattle, Wash. (Bothell HS)
Nigel Williams-Goss WASH G 6-3 185 Happy Valley, Ore. (Findlay Prep)

Honorable Mention (receiving at least three votes):  Hallice Cooke (OSU, G), Wesley Gordon (COLO, F), Jordan Mathews (CAL, G).  

PAC-12 ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM

Player School Pos. Class Height Weight Hometown (Last School)
Jordan Bachynski ASU C Sr. 7-2 250 Calgary, Alberta, Canada (Centennial HS)
Josh Huestis STAN F Sr. 6-7 230 Great Falls, Mont. (C.M. Russell HS)
Nick Johnson ARIZ G Jr. 6-3 200 Gilbert, Ariz. (Findlay Prep)
T.J. McConnell ARIZ G Sr. 6-1 190 Pittsburgh, Pa. (Duquesne)
Delon Wright UTAH G Jr. 6-5 180 Lawndale, Calif. (City College of San Francisco)

Honorable Mention (receiving at least three votes):  Jordan Adams (UCLA, So., G), David Kravish (CAL, So., F), Eric Moreland (OSU, Jr., F), Norman Powell (UCLA, Jr., G)

PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE YEAR

JOHNSON is the seventh UA Player of the Year, joining the likes of Derrick Williams (2010-11), Jason Terry 1998-99), Mike Bibby (1997-98), Damon Stoudamire (1994-95), Chris Mills (1992-93), and Sean Elliott (1987-88, 1988-89) with his honor. The junior guard from Gilbert, Ariz., averaged 16.1 points and 2.77 assists through the regular season, leading Arizona to a 28-3 overall record and a top-10 ranking throughout the entire season, including a streak of eight-straight weeks at the No. 1 spot. Johnson is also a finalist for the Wooden Award and the Naismith Trophy. 

PAC-12 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

GORDON becomes the seventh Wildcat to receive Freshman of the Year accolades since the award’s inception in the 1978-79 season and the first since Arizona’s Derrick Williams won the honor in 2009-10. He averaged 12.3 points, 7.8 rebounds per game and posted eight double-doubles in his freshman regular-season campaign, making him the second-best scorer on the UA roster behind Pac-12 Player of the Year Nick Johnson. A finalist for the Tisdale Award, Gordon finished the regular season ranked in the top 10 in the Conference in blocked shots per game (fifth, 1.41) and rebounds per game (eighth, 7.8). 

PAC-12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

BACHYNSKI is the first Sun Devil to be voted Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and is just one of six ASU student-athletes to receive an end-of-year award. The senior finished the regular season as the Pac-12 career leader in blocked shots with 309 over his four seasons with Arizona State. He also had three game-saving blocked shots at the buzzer that preserved ASU victories. Bachynski led the nation in blocks, averaging 4.23 per game, and was sixth in the Conference in rebounding, averaging 8.4 per game.

PAC-12 MOST IMPROVED PLAYER OF THE YEAR

BROWN becomes the second-consecutive Cardinal and second overall to receive the Most Improved Player of the Year award. After averaging 6.6 points per game through his first three years before having to take a redshirt year due to injury, Brown broke out in his redshirt junior campaign, averaging 13.1 points per game on the season. His stellar three-point field-goal percentage of .461 leads the Cardinal and is third in the Conference. He is also third on the team in scoring, averaging 13.1 points per game. 

PAC-12 JOHN WOODEN COACH OF THE YEAR

MILLER guided Arizona to its 13th Pac-12 regular-season title and second in the past four years. UA posted a final record of 28-3 overall and 15-3 in Pac-12 play after being picked to finish the season first. Under Miller, the Wildcats have gone 124-46 over five years with a 5-2 record in two postseason trips to the NCAA Tournament. Miller’s career record stands at 244-93 over his 10 seasons of head coaching, including a Pac-12-best 32 true road games since his arrival. UA’s 109 wins over the last four years is the second-best four-year run in program history. He is one of two Arizona coaches to receive Coach of the Year honors. Alongside seven-time honoree Lute Olson, Miller also earned the award in 2010-11. 

THE VOTE: Coach of the Year, All-Conference, All-Freshman, All-Defensive teams and Most Improved Player are voted on by the coaches. Coaches are not permitted to vote for themselves or their own players for the honors.

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