The conference awards are finally out and head coach Lorenzo Romar was named coach of the year and Tony Wroten was named freshman of the year. I'm sure Husky fans will be upset about Terrence Ross or Tony Wroten not winning player of the year. Yes, Jorge Gutierrez's stats aren't as good, and he two bad last games, but coaches vote on this and coaches love Gutierrez. Realistically, this vote wasn't just based on this year, but his entire four years at California. Could Ross and Wroten have canceled each other out? It's possible, but both were named first-team all-conference. Aziz N'Diaye was also named to the first all-defensive team.
How they are vote on: Coach of the Year, All-Conference, All-Freshman, All-Defensive teams and Most Improved Player are voted on by the coaches. Coaches are not permitted to vote for themselves or their own players for the honors.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jorge Gutierrez, California
GUTIERREZ was instrumental in leading Cal to its third 20-win season in four years and becomes the sixth Golden Bear to earn Pac-12 Player of the Year honors, joining Jason Kidd (1994), Shareef Abdur-Rahim (1996), Ed Gray (1997), Sean Lampley (2001), and Jerome Randle (2010). Gutierrez averaged 12.9 ppg/12th in Pac-12, posted 5.3 rebounds per game, and a team-best 1.2 steals per game//12th in Pac-12. He is the active Pac-12 career leader for assists (408), is second in steals (145) and is third for points (1,189).FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR:
Tony Wroten, Washington
WROTEN becomes the fifth Washington player to earn Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, and first since 2009, joining Chris Welp (1984), Mike Hayward (1988), Mark Pope (1992) and Isaiah Thomas (2009). Wroten was a key piece all season for Pac-12 regular season champion Washington, leading the Huskies in scoring (16.3 ppg/4th in Pac-12) and steals (59 total, 2.0 spg/2nd in Pac-12), and was second in assists (3.7 apg/8th in Pac-12). He posted 10 20-point games this season, tied for most in the Pac-12 with Oregon State’s Jared Cunningham. Wroten was the only freshman to be named Player of the Week this season, and the first freshman to earn that honor since USC’s O.J. Mayo in February 2008.
: Jorge Gutierrez, California
As noted above, GUTIERREZ was key on defense for the Golden Bears this year, who allowed their opponents only 61.2 points per game overall. As a team, Cal is in the league top-three for field goal percentage defense (.408), three-point percentage defense (.324) and rebounding defense (30.5). Gutierrez led the team in steals (36 total, 1.2 spg/12th in Pac-12) and is 9th in the Pac-12 in defensive rebounds with an average of 4.5. He is the second Cal player to earn the honor, with Butch Hays receiving the award in 1984.MOST IMPROVED PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Brock Motum, Washington State
MOTUM was second in scoring in the Pac-12 (18.1 ppg), was in the league top-10 for field goal percentage (.549) and was one of the top rebounders in the conference (6.5 rpg) this season. Motum’s numbers took a monumental leap this year, improving from 2.9 points/.8 rebounds as a freshman and 7.6 points/3.0 rebounds as a sophomore. He had nine 20-point games and had three double-doubles this season.COACH OF THE YEAR:
Lorenzo Romar, Washington
ROMAR guided Washington to its second Pac-12 title under his watch and the first since 2009, with a 14-4 league mark and 21-9 overall record. Under Romar, the Huskies put together their fourth consecutive 20-win season and the sixth of his tenure at Washington. This is Romar’s third Pac-12 Coach of the Year honor, with his first coming in 2005 and his second in 2009. He’s the third Washington coach to receive Pac-12 Coach of the Year honors, joining two-time honoree Marv Harshman (1982, 1984) and Bob Bender (1996). Romar has a career record of 309-199 (.608), while his Washington record stands at 216-111 (.661).
First team All-Conference
Second team All-ConferenceHonorable Mention (receiving at least three votes):
Justin Cobbs (CAL, So., G), Reggie Moore (WSU, Jr., G), Jesse Perry (ARIZ, Sr., F), Garrett Sim (ORE, Sr., G), David Wear (UCLA, So., F), C.J. Wilcox (WASH, So., G).
All-Freshman TeamHonorable Mention (receiving at least three votes):
DaVonté Lacy (WSU, G), Josiah Turner (ARIZ, G).
All-Defensive TeamHonorable Mention (receiving at least three votes):
Marcus Capers (WSU, Sr., G), Josh Huestis (STAN, So., F), Tony Woods (ORE, Jr., C)