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Akinjo Earns Preseason All-Conference Honors; Team Picked Fifth in Preseason Poll

Nov 12, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO - On Thursday, the Pac-12 Conference released its annual preseason all-conference teams as well as its preseason poll as voted on by 23 media members from around the league. Arizona was represented on the all-conference team by junior guard James Akinjo, who earned honorable mention status. As a team, the Wildcats were selected to finish fifth in the conference.

Akinjo is a native of Oakland, California and is eligible to play immediately for the Wildcats after transferring in from Georgetown. With the Hoyas, he was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Year in 2018-19 after averaging 13.4 points and 5.2 assists per game and being named player of the week four times. 

2020-21 Pac-12 Men's Basketball Preseason Media Poll
1. UCLA (9) - 251 points
2. Arizona State (5) - 246
3. Oregon (7) - 241
4. Stanford (1) - 209
5. Arizona - 173
6. USC (1) - 154
7. Colorado - 149
8. Utah - 131
9. Washington - 85
10. California - 65
11. Washington State - 54
12. Oregon State - 36

2020-21 Pac-12 Men's Basketball Preseason Media All-Conference Teams

Name Yr. Pos. School
Timmy Allen Jr. F Utah
Matt Bradley Jr. G California
Oscar da Silva Sr. F Stanford
Chris Duarte Sr. G Oregon
Remy Martin Sr. G Arizona State
Evan Mobley Fr. F USC
Will Richardson Jr. G Oregon
Chris Smith Sr. G UCLA
Ziaire Williams Fr. F Stanford
McKinley Wright IV Sr. G Colorado


Name Yr. Pos. School
Isaac Bonton Sr. G Washington State
Tyger Campbell R-So. G UCLA
Josh Christopher Fr. G Arizona State
Ethan Thompson Sr. G Oregon State
Alonzo Verge Jr. Sr. G Arizona State

HONORABLE MENTION (received votes from four-or-more members of the media):
James Akinjo (Jr., ARIZ), Evan Battey (Jr., COLO), Quade Green (Sr., WASH), Jalen Hill (R-Jr., UCLA), Jaime Jaquez Jr. (So., UCLA).