Campbell, Jaquez Jr., Juzang Secure All-Pac-12 Honors
SAN FRANCISCO – UCLA men's basketball juniors Tyger Campbell, Jaime Jaquez Jr. and Johnny Juzang have secured first-team All-Pac-12 honors, as announced Tuesday by the conference office.
In addition, Jaquez Jr., senior Myles Johnson and sophomore Jaylen Clark have been named to the five-man All-Pac-12 Defensive Team.
The Pac-12 recognizes 10 players as first-team selections and five student-athletes as second-team selections on the 15-person All-Pac-12 team. Campbell has become UCLA's first player since Arron Afflalo in 2006 and 2007 to secure first-team all-league honors in consecutive season.
UCLA (three players), Arizona (three players), USC (two players), Colorado and Washington all had student-athletes selected to the 10-person first team.
Campbell was a first-team selection last year, while Jaquez Jr. and Juzang were second-team honorees last season. As a junior in 2021-22, Campbell has averaged 11.7 points, 4.3 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 27 games. He ranks first in the Pac-12 in assist-turnover ratio (3.5) and third in assists per game (4.3). He entered the week ranking No. 3 in the nation in assist-turnover ratio.
Juzang has averaged a team-leading 16.7 points in 24 games, while registering 4.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists per contest. He ranks No. 3 in the Pac-12 in scoring (16.7 ppg) and has shot 43.8 percent from the field during his junior season. Juzang has scored in double figures in 21 of 24 games played.
Jaquez Jr. has averaged 13.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 28 games during his junior campaign. He has shot 48.1 percent from the field. Jaquez Jr. has also secured All-Pac-12 Defensive Team recognition for the second consecutive season, becoming just the second UCLA player to have earned defensive team honors in multiple years. The league's defensive team selections began in 2008, and Darren Collison was an all-defensive selection in 2008 and 2009.
Clark, a 6-foot-5 sophomore guard from Riverside, Calif., has averaged 7.9 points and 4.3 rebounds in 23 games. He enters the Pac-12 Tournament this week having totaled 28 steals, the third-highest total on the team. He has logged 17 steals in the Bruins' last eight games (including a career-best four steals against Washington State on Feb. 17).
Johnson, a 6-foot-10 center from Long Beach, Calif., has averaged 3.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and a team-leading 39 blocks this season (averaging 1.3 blocks per game). Johnson has also registered 19 steals. He has recorded at least one block in 21 of the Bruins' 29 contests and ranks No. 4 in the league in blocks per game.
Peyton Watson, a 6-foot-8 guard/forward from Long Beach, Calif., secured honorable mention Pac-12 All-Freshman Team honors. The league's all-freshman squad includes five players. Any student-athlete who receives at least three votes is recognized as an honorable mention. Watson has averaged 3.3 points and 3.2 rebounds, totaling 17 blocks, in 26 games.
Arizona's Bennedict Mathurin was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year, while Arizona's Christian Koloko was honored as the league's Defensive Player of the Year and the Most Improved Player. Stanford's Harrison Ingram was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. Arizona's Pelle Larsson was recognized as the Pac-12 Sixth Man of the Year. Arizona head coach Tommy Lloyd was named the John R. Wooden Coach of the Year.
UCLA opened the week ranked No. 13 in both major national top-25 polls (Associated Press, Coaches' Polls). The Bruins have gone 23-6 through their regular-season schedule and finished second in the Pac-12 standings with a 15-5 league record. UCLA's 23 regular-season victories are the most for the Bruins since posting a 28-3 regular-season record in 2016-17.