The Pac-12 handed out its annual men’s basketball awards Monday. The winner: defense.

Arizona’s Nick Johnson is the Pac-12 Player of the Year. The junior guard is deserving as the top player on the conference’s top team, but his overall worth can’t be measured on just one end. Johnson averages a team-high 16.1 points for the Wildcats, the top seed in this week’s Pac-12 Tournament. He’s also the conference’s top perimeter defender, capable of guarding multiple positions.

Arizona State’s Jordan Bachynski is the Pac-12’s Defensive Player of the Year. The senior center blocked three shots in the final seconds to save wins against Marquette, Oregon and Arizona. He also broke his Pac-12 record for most blocks in a season, becoming the country’s top rim protector.

“It’s a huge honor,” Bachynski said after Monday’s practice. “I pride myself on my defense, and it feels good to be recognized for that, but honestly right now I’m not thinking about that. I’m thinking about our next few games.”

Regular-season champ Arizona swept nearly all the top honors. In addition to Johnson, forward Aaron Gordon captured Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and Sean Miller won Coach of the Year. Johnson and Gordon also are All-Pac-12 first-team selections. Junior point guard T.J. McConnell is a second-team pick and joined Johnson on the All-Defensive team. Gordon and forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson made the All-Freshman team.

For ASU, coaches named Jahii Carson first-team All-Pac-12, the second time in as many seasons the sophomore point guard earned the honor. Since the Sun Devils have played in the Pac-12/10, only nine players have made all-conference more than once. Entering ASU’s Pac-12 Tournament opener Thursday, Carson averages 18.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.5 assists.

“Once again, I think sometimes maybe we start to take it for granted because the expectations are so high,” ASU coach Herb Sendek said of Carson. “But any time you can be first-team all-conference in this league your first two years, that’s one heck of an accomplishment.”

Bachynski is a second-team All-Pac-12 selection, and senior guard Jermaine Marshall is honorable mention. For the 7-foot-2 Bachynski, it was the latest reminder of how far he has come. As a freshman, coming off a two-year Mormon mission, he averaged just 2.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.8 blocked shots.

As a junior last season, Bachynski turned into a shot-blocking force, setting a Pac-12 season record with 120. This season he told teammates he wanted to win the conference’s top defensive award, and he delivered, blocking a nation’s best 4.2 shots per game, which doesn’t include the shots he changed.

“That’s something you could never accurately measure,” Sendek said. “… But how about the shots where he gets in the head of somebody who’s driving, wondering where he is?”