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Akinjo Highlights Four Wildcats Receiving All-Conference Honors

Mar 9, 2021

TUCSON, Ariz. – The Pac-12 Conference announced its annual awards and superlatives for the 2020-21 men's basketball season and Arizona junior guard James Akinjo was named to the 10-person first team. It marks the 11th time in 12 seasons under head coach Sean Miller that the Wildcats have had a representative on the first team.
 
In the last 12 seasons, Arizona has had a first or second team all-conference honoree a league-best 25 times.
 
Also earning all-conference honors was freshman forward Azuolas Tubelis, who was named honorable mention for receiving at least three votes from the conference coaches.
 
Redshirt sophomore forward Jordan Brown became the first Wildcat to be named Pac-12 Sixth Man of the Year while Tubelis was joined on the All-Freshman team by guard Bennedict Mathurin. It's the second straight season that Arizona has two members on the all-freshman team after Nico Mannion and Zeke Nnaji were named last year.
 
In his first season of action at Arizona, Akinjo became the first Wildcats since T.J. McConnell in 2015 to lead the Pac-12 in assists in league play with 117. In league games, he ranked seventh in scoring (15.9), fifth in 3-point field goal percentage (43.9), fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.39), and fifth in 3-point field goals made per game (2.15). He scored in double figures 15 times in conference play and reached 20 points or more in seven times. He closed the season averaging 21.0 points per game over the last five games despite playing the most minutes per game of any player in the conference (35.56).
 
Tubelis arrived in the United States in August and quickly made an impact on the Arizona program, moving into the starting lineup after just six games and closed the year by receiving Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honors twice (Feb. 22, March 1). In Pac-12 play, he ranked third in rebounding (7.75), 15th in scoring (13.7), second in offensive rebounds (2.8) and fourth in defensive rebounds (4.95). He scored in double figures 15 of 20 conference games, including a 31-point effort against USC and a pair of 16-point, 15-rebound games against USC and Washington.
 
Brown started six out the 20 conference games played, just below the threshold of starting one-third or fewer conference games to be eligible for the award, and averaged 8.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and shot 51.5% from the field. He ranked ninth in the conference in field goal percentage and 13th in blocked shots. He scored in double figures five times and had one double-double in conference play, going for 19 points and 13 rebounds in the win at USC. His season-high scoring output came at Oregon State when he dropped 25 points on 10 of 12 shooting.
 
Mathurin, a native of Montreal, averaged 10.8 points and 4.7 rebounds in conference play. He ranked fourth in free throw percentage (86.8), seventh in 3-point field goal percentage (42.1) and 15th in 3-point field goals made per game (1.6). Mathurin registered two double-doubles in conference action, going for 24 points and 11 rebounds at Washington State and logging 10 points and 13 rebounds in the home win over Washington on Feb. 27. His highest scoring output of the season came at Oregon State, when he dropped 31 points on 10 of 12 shooting and 6 of 7 from behind the 3-point line. He also earned Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honors on Jan. 4.
 
Arizona's All-Conference Players (since 2009-10)

2009-10 Nic Wise, G (1st)
Derrick Williams, F (1st)
2010-11 Derrick Williams, F (1st)
Lamont Jones, G (hm)
2011-12 Kyle Fogg, G (1st)
Solomon Hill, F (1st)
Jesse Perry, F (hm)
2012-13 Solomon Hill, F (1st)
Mark Lyons, G (1st)
2013-14 Aaron Gordon, F (1st)
Nick Johnson, G (1st)
T.J. McConnell, G (2nd)
2014-15 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, F (1st)
Stanley Johnson, F (1st)
T.J. McConnell, G (1st)
Brandon Ashley, F (hm)
2015-16 Ryan Anderson, F (1st)
Kaleb Tarczewski, C (2nd)
Gabe York, G, (2nd)
2016-17 Lauri Markkanen, F (1st)
Kadeem Allen, G (2nd)
Allonzo Trier, G (2nd)
2017-18 Deandre Ayton (1st)
Allonzo Trier (1st)
Dusan Ristic (2nd)
Rawle Alkins (hm)
2019-20 Zeke Nnaji (1st)
Nico Mannion (2nd)
2020-21 James Akinjo (1st)
Azuolas Tubelis (hm)

 
Arizona's Pac-12 All-Freshman Team Honorees (since 1981-82)

1981-82 Brock Brunkhorst, G
1983-84 Michael Tait, G
1985-86 Sean Elliott, F
1988-89 Sean Rooks, C
Matt Othick, G
1990-91 Khalid Reeves, G
1991-92 Damon Stoudamire, G
1994-95 Miles Simon, G (hm)
1995-96 A.J. Bramlett, F (hm)
Jason Terry, G (hm)
1996-97  Mike Bibby, G
1998-99 Micheal Wright, F
Richard Jefferson, F
Ruben Douglas, G (hm)
1999-2000 Jason Gardner, G
Gilbert Arenas, G
Luke Walton, F (hm)
2001-02 Salim Stoudamire, G
Channing Frye, C
2002-03 Hassan Adams, G
Andre Iguodala, F
2003-04 Mustafa Shakur, G
Ivan Radenovic, F (hm)
2005-06 Marcus Williams, F
2006-07 Chase Budinger, F
2007-08 Jerryd Bayless, G
2008-09 Kyle Fogg, G (hm)
2009-10 Derrick Williams, F
2010-11 Jordin Mayes, G (hm)
2011-12 Nick Johnson, G
Josiah Turner, G (hm)
2012-13 Kaleb Tarczewski, C (hm)
2013-14 Aaron Gordon, F
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, F
2014-15 Stanley Johnson, F
2015-16 Allonzo Trier, G
2016-17 Rawle Alkins, G
Lauri Markkanen, F
2017-18 Deandre Ayton, F
2019-20 Zeke Nnaji, F
Nico Mannion, G
2020-21 Bennedict Mathurin, G
Azuolas Tubelis, F