Buffs Sweep Pac-12 Weekly Awards
BOULDER – The University of Colorado men's basketball team swept the Pac-12 Conference weekly awards with McKinley Wright IV being named Player of the Week and Jabari Walker Freshman of the Week, the league office announced Monday.
Wright is the Pac-12 Player of the Week for the third time this season, adding another first in Colorado basketball history to his resume. Eight others, including Chauncey Billups and Alec Burks, had previously won two weekly honors in one season. He already owns the school mark for most conference Player of the Week honors, with Monday being his fifth.
A native of North Robbinsdale, Minn., Wright averaged 12.0 points and 8.0 assists leading the Buffaloes to three Pac-12 wins last week.
Wright became Colorado's all-time leader in assists and did so in style by dishing out a personal-best 12 in the Buffaloes' 89-60 win over California. Wright, with 24 assists on the week, sits at 582, after passing Jay Humphries who had 562 from 1980-84.
Wright tied another Humphries Colorado career record in the process by registering his eighth career double-figure assist game. His 13 points gave him his eighth career points-assists double-double, adding on to his own school record in that category.
Wright finished off the week by leading the Buffaloes over Stanford with 14 points, eight assists and five rebounds.
A native of Inglewood, Calif., Walker earns his first conference honor and is Colorado's first Pac-12 Freshman of the Week; an award in just its second year. He's the first Colorado freshman to win that type of honor since Richard Roby was the Big 12 Conference "Rookie" of the Week twice in 2004-05.
Walker averaged 16.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.0 block in Colorado's three games last week. He recorded his first two career double-doubles with 15 points and 10 rebounds at Utah and followed that up with 23 points and 11 rebounds against California.
Walker's 23 points were the most by a Colorado freshman since Wright scored 30 against South Dakota State in December 2017.
Walker finished off the week with 11 points, eight rebounds and two blocks against Stanford. He shot 60 percent overall from the field (18 of 30) including 5 of 7 from 3-point range.
Colorado men's basketball has two other instances of the program winning two awards in one week. D.J. Harrison was named Big 12 Player and Rookie of the Week on Nov. 28, 2000 and again on Jan. 29, 2001.
Colorado, ranked No. 23 in the latest USA Today Coaches Top 25 Poll, is 11-3 overall and 5-2 in the Pac-12. The Buffaloes will travel to the Pacific Northwest this week to face Washington (Wed. Jan. 20, 7 p.m.) and Washington State (Sat. Jan. 23, 6 p.m.).