WSU's Hawkinson garners first Pac-12 men's basketball weekly award

SAN FRANCISCO - WASHINGTON STATE junior Josh Hawkinson continued his lengthy double-double streak with three in as many games at the Diamond Head Classic to earn his first career Pac-12 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week award as voted upon by media who cover the conference.

The 6-10 forward from Shoreline, Wash., recorded double-doubles against No. 3 Oklahoma (16 pts, 8-15 FG, 10 reb, 4 stls), Northern Iowa (14 pts, 6-9 FG, 13 reb) and New Mexico (19 pts, 8-15 FG, 10 reb, 4 asts) to average 16.3 points on 56 percent shooting (22-39) and 11.0 rebounds at the Diamond Head Classic.

One of the Pac-12’s national-best four Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award nominees, Hawkinson leads the conference and is sixth in the country with nine double-doubles so far this season, including one in each of WSU’s last seven games, and now has 29 double-doubles in his last 41 outings. He is one of three Pac-12 players averaging a double-double, leading the conference in rebounding (10.5 rpg) while ranking seventh in the league in both scoring (16.5 ppg) and field goal percentage (.598).

The Pac-12, currently the second-rated conference in the nation according to CBSSports.com and Jerry Palm, plays its final five non-conference games early this week, highlighted by CALIFORNIA hosting Davidson on Monday, Dec. 28 at 6 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Networks.  League play tips off with four games on Friday, Jan. 1 and a full six-game slate on Sunday, Jan. 3, with all 10 contests televised on either Pac-12 Networks, FS1 or ESPNU.

ALSO NOMINATED: Ryan Anderson, ARIZ; Willie Atwood, ASU; Josh Fortune, COLO; Dillon Brooks, ORE; Tres Tinkle, OSU; Dorian Pickens, STAN; Isaac Hamilton, UCLA; Jordan McLaughlin, USC; Andrew Andrews, WASH.

2015-16 PAC-12 MEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

 Week of Player
Nov. 16 Tyrone Wallace, California
Nov. 23 Jakob Poeltl, Utah
Nov. 30 Andrew Andrews, Washington
Dec. 7 Thomas Welsh, UCLA
Dec. 14 Allonzo Trier, Arizona
Dec. 21 Jakob Poeltl, Utah
Dec. 28 Josh Hawkinson, Washington State
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