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Koloko Named To Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Watch List

Jan 27, 2022

TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona junior Christian Koloko was one of 15 men's basketball players from across the country to be named to the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Watch List on Thursday.
Koloko leads the Pac-12 in total blocked shots (56), which is 28 more than second place. That total also ranks 13th in the country and he needs two more blocks to move into 10th place on the Arizona single-season blocked shots list. His career total of 116 is just one shy of seventh all-time at Arizona and he has the potential to reach the top 5 on the list.
The native of Cameroon is a big reason why Arizona leads the country in 2-point field goal percentage defense, allowing opponents to shoot 39.7% on 2-point field goals this season.
In addition to his defensive prowess, Koloko is averaging 13.1 points and 7.2 rebounds while shooting 63.9% from the floor, the 4th-best percentage of any player in the country, making a candidate for the Most Improved Player in the country.

Complete Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Watch List

Full Name Class Position School Conference
Walker Kessler So. F Auburn SEC
Jacob Gilyard Sr. G Richmond Atlantic 10
Oscar Tshiebwe Jr. F Kentucky SEC
Chet Holmgren Fr. C Gonzaga WCC
Jamarion Sharp Jr. C Western Kentucky USA East
Christian Koloko Jr. C Arizona Pac-12
Kevin McCullar Jr. G Texas Tech Big 12
Mark Williams So. C Duke ACC
Tari Eason So. F LSU SEC
Tyrese Hunter Fr. G Iowa State Big 12
Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua Jr. F Baylor Big 12
Kennedy Chandler Fr. G Tennessee SEC
Posh Alexander So. G St. John's Big East
Trayce Jackson-Davis Jr. F Indiana Big Ten
Nathan Mensah Sr. F San Diego State Mountain West