Koloko Named Pac-12 Player of the Week; Cats Enter Top 25 Polls
SAN FRANCISCO – Arizona's Christian Koloko was named Pac-12 Player of the Week on Monday following his trio of outstanding performances that helped the Wildcats improve to 5-0 on the season.
In the wins over North Dakota State, Wichita State and No. 4 Michigan, Koloko averaged 17.0 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.3 blocks and 2.3 assists while shooting 63.3% from the floor and 13 of 17 at the free throw line.
The first game of the week saw the 7-foot center go 7 of 10 from the floor on his way to 16 points and five rebounds against North Dakota State. Then on Friday night in Las Vegas, playing in front of his mother, Henriette, for the first time, he dominated the paint to the tune of 13 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots against Wichita State. He closed out the Roman Main Event with a career-high 22 points, seven rebounds and four more blocked shots to be named MVP of the event.
Koloko is the first Arizona player to be named Player of the Week since Jemarl Baker Jr. on Dec. 14, 2020.
Through the first five games of the year, Koloko is averaging 15.4 points, a team-high 7.6 rebounds and 4.0 blocked shots.
The Wildcats also entered the Top 25 polls this week, coming in at No. 17 in the Associated Press Top 25 and No. 19 in the Coaches Poll. It's the first time Arizona has been in the AP Top 25 since February 17, 2020. It's the highest ranking for the cats since they were No. 16 in the AP poll on Dec. 16, 2019.
Next up on the schedule for the Wildcats is a home game this Saturday, Nov. 27 against Sacramento State. Tip-off is schedule for 5:30pm MST on Pac-12 Networks. Tickets are available by calling 520-621-CATS or visiting arizonawildcats.com/mbk.