Pac-12 Conference announces 2015-16 men's basketball honors

2015-16 Pac-12 All-Conference Teams

SAN FRANCISCO – In a vote of the 12 Conference coaches, UTAH sophomore forward/center Jakob Poeltl has been named the 2015-16 Pac-12 Men's Basketball Player of the Year; CALIFORNIA forward Jaylen Brown was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year; OREGON STATE senior guard Gary Payton II repeated as the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year; COLORADO redshirt sophomore guard George King has been named Pac-12 Most Improved Player of the Year; UTAH senior guard Brandon Taylor was chosen the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year; and Dana Altman of OREGON repeated as the John R. Wooden Coach of the Year, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.

PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jakob Poeltl, UTAH
POELTL and teammate BRANDON TAYLOR, the 2015-16 Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year, are the first Utah players to earn major Pac-12 Conference awards since the Utes joined the league in 2011-12. Among the finalists for the Naismith, Robertson and Wooden National Player of the Year awards, as well as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year, Poeltl helped Utah to a 24-7 overall record and 13-5 league mark that earned the Utes second place in the Pac-12 standings for the second straight season. The sophomore from Vienna, Austria finished the regular season as the Pac-12 leader and fourth nationally in field goal percentage (.660). He also ranked second in the league in scoring (17.5 ppg), third in rebounding (9.1 rpg) and double-doubles (14), and tied for fifth in blocked shots (1.6 bpg).

PAC-12 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Jaylen Brown, CALIFORNIA

BROWN is the eighth California player to earn the Pac-12 Freshman or Rookie of the Year award, joining Dave Butler (1982-83), Leonard Taylor (1984-85), Jason Kidd (1992-93), Tremaine Fowlkes (1994-95), Shareef Abdur-Rahim (1995-96), Leon Powe (2003-04) and Allen Crabbe (2010-11). The Atlanta, Ga., native and Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Year award finalist tied for the best scoring average among Pac-12 freshmen at 15.3 points per game and added 5.6 rebounds per contest, pacing the Golden Bears to their most regular-season victories (22) since 2011-12. He also earned recognition on the 2015-16 Pac-12 All-Conference First Team and All-Freshman Team.

PAC-12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Gary Payton II, OREGON STATE
PAYTON II is the first player in league history to repeat and earn multiple Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year awards. He led the conference in steals for the second straight season, ranking sixth in the nation with 2.41 steals per game. The only Pac-12 player to finish in the top 10 in the league in steals, scoring (7th, 15.9 ppg), rebounding (9th, 7.6 rpg) and assists (3rd, 5.3 apg), Payton II guided the Beavers to their most conference wins (nine) since 1992-93. He also earned his second Pac-12 All-Conference First Team accolade.

PAC-12 MOST IMPROVED PLAYER OF THE YEAR: George King, COLORADO
KING is the second Colorado player to earn a major Pac-12 Conference award since the Buffaloes joined the league in 2011-12, along with 2012-13 Defensive Player of the Year André Roberson. After averaging 1.5 points in 27 games as a freshman in 2013-14 and redshirting in 2014-15, the guard started 24 of Colorado’s 31 contests, averaged 13.3 points and 4.8 rebounds and finished the Pac-12 regular season as the league leader in three-point percentage (.453). He helped the Buffaloes to 21 victories in the regular season, equaling the program mark also reached in 1996-97 and King’s rookie year of 2013-14.

PAC-12 SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Brandon Taylor, UTAH

TAYLOR, a Pac-12 All-Academic Team selection in both 2013-14 and 2014-15, maintains a 3.40 grade-point average as a senior psychology major at Utah. This season, he earned Pac-12 All-Defensive Team and honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors while averaging 9.6 points and team-highs of 3.9 assists and 1.5 steals for a Utes team that won their final seven regular-season games to finish second in the league with a 13-5 mark and a 24-7 overall record.

PAC-12 JOHN R. WOODEN COACH OF THE YEAR: Dana Altman, OREGON
ALTMAN is the first repeat Pac-12 Conference Coach of the Year since Stanford’s Mike Montgomery in 2002-03 and 2003-04. It is his third honor in the past four seasons, moving him into the company of Lute Olson (seven), Montgomery (four), George Raveling (three) and Lorenzo Romar (three) as mentors with three-or-more Pac-12 Coach of the Year awards. After being picked to finish fourth in this year’s Pac-12 preseason media poll, the Ducks captured their first regular-season league title since 2002, winning the crown outright with a 14-4 conference record. Altman has guided Oregon to 20-or-more victories in each of his six seasons in Eugene, posting a league-best 25-6 regular-season mark this year for his 18th career 20-win campaign and 19th consecutive winning season - an active streak matched only by Jim Boeheim (Syracuse), Tom Izzo (Michigan State), Mike Krzyzewski (Duke), Bill Self (Kansas) and Roy Williams (North Carolina). He is 558-306 in 27 years as a head coach, including 148-63 in six years at Oregon.

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.

In order to be eligible for the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, student-athletes must be a senior (in athletics eligibility) on track to receive a degree, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, participate in at least 50% of the scheduled contests in the sport and have a minimum of one year in residence at the institution. Each Pac-12 institution may nominate one individual per sport, and the winners are selected by a committee of Pac-12 staff members at the conclusion of each sport’s regular season. The athletic accomplishments of the nominees are a consideration in the voting for the award.

The All-Pac-12 All-Conference Honors as announced earlier on Monday:

ALL-PAC-12 TEAM

FIRST TEAM            
Name School  Pos Yr Ht Wt Hometown (Last School)
Rosco Allen STAN F Sr. 6-9 220 Budapest, Hungary (Bishop Gorman HS)
Ryan Anderson ARIZ F Sr. 6-9 235 Long Beach, Calif. (Boston College)
Andrew Andrews WASH G Sr. 6-2 200 Portland, Ore. (Benson Tech HS)
Dillon Brooks ORE F So. 6-7 225 Mississauga, Ont. (Findlay Prep)
Jaylen Brown CAL F Fr. 6-7 225 Atlanta, Ga. (Wheeler HS)
Elgin Cook ORE F Sr. 6-6 205 Milwaukee, Wis. (Northwest Florida State)
Julian Jacobs USC G Jr. 6-4 180 Las Vegas, Nev. (Desert Pines HS)
Gary Payton II** OSU G Sr. 6-3 190 Seattle, Wash. (Salt Lake CC)
Jakob Poeltl UTAH F So. 7-0 248 Vienna, Austria (Arkadia Traiskirchen)
Josh Scott** COLO F Sr. 6-10 245 Monument, Colo. (Lewis-Palmer HS)

 

SECOND TEAM            
Name School  Pos Yr Ht Wt Hometown (Last School)
Isaac Hamilton UCLA G Jr. 6-5 185 Los Angeles, Calif. (St. John Bosco HS)
Dejounte Murray WASH G Fr. 6-4 170 Seattle, Wash. (Rainier Beach HS)
Ivan Rabb CAL F Fr. 6-11 220 Oakland, Calif. (Bishop O’Dowd HS)
Kaleb Tarczewski ARIZ C Sr. 7-0 250 Claremont, N.H. (St. Mark’s School)
Gabe York ARIZ G Sr. 6-3 190 West Covina, Calif. (Orange Lutheran HS)

Honorable Mention (receiving at least three votes): Bryce Alford (UCLA, Jr., G), Chris Boucher (ORE, Sr., F), Josh Hawkinson (WSU, Jr., F), Jordan Loveridge (UTAH, Sr., G), Jordan McLaughlin (USC, So., G), Brandon Taylor (UTAH, SR., G), Tyrone Wallace (CAL, Sr., G)

** two-time All-Pac-12 First Team honoree

PAC-12 ALL-FRESHMEN TEAM

Name School  Pos Ht Wt Hometown (Last School)
Jaylen Brown CAL F 6-7 225 Atlanta, Ga. (Wheeler HS)
Tyler Dorsey ORE G 6-4 180 Los Angeles, Calif. (Maranatha HS)
Dejounte Murray WASH G 6-4 170 Seattle, Wash. (Rainier Beach HS)
Ivan Rabb CAL F 6-11 220 Oakland, Calif. (Bishop O’Dowd HS)
Allonzo Trier ARIZ G 6-6 210 Seattle, Wash. (Findlay Prep)

Honorable Mention (receiving at least three votes): Bennie Boatwright (USC, F), Marquese Chriss (WASH, F), Tres Tinkle (OSU, F)

PAC-12 ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM

Name School  Pos Yr. Ht Wt Hometown (Last School)
Chris Boucher ORE F Sr. 6-10 190 Montreal, Quebec (Northwest College, Wyo.)
Gary Payton II** OSU G Sr. 6-3 190 Seattle, Wash. (Salt Lake CC)
Josh Scott COLO F Sr. 6-10 245 Monument, Colo. (Lewis-Palmer HS)
Brandon Taylor UTAH G Sr. 5-10 170 Los Angeles, Calif. (Pacific Hills HS)
Kaleb Tarczewski ARIZ C Sr. 7-0 250 Claremont, N.H. (St. Mark’s School)

Honorable Mention (receiving at least three votes):  Malik Dime (WASH, Jr., F), Wesley Gordon (COLO, RJr., F), Jakob Poeltl (UTAH, So., F)

** two-time All-Defensive Team honoree

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