San Jose native Aaron Gordon of Arizona was named Pac-12 Conference Freshman of the Year by the league's coaches. Gordon, a graduate of Archbishop Mitty High, also collected third-team All-America honors from The Sporting News. He averaged 12.3 points, 7.8 rebounds per game and posted eight double-doubles for the regular-season champion Wildcats. Three Bay Area players landed on the 10-man all-Pac-12 team, with Cal's Justin Cobbs and Stanford's Dwight Powell and Chasson Randle getting the nod. Cobbs is averaging 15.6 points and ranks second in the conference at 5.8 assists per game. Randle ranks third in the Pac-12 at 18.8 points per game and Powell contributes 14.1 points and 7.2 rebounds. Stanford junior Anthony Brown, who bounced back from a season-long injury last season to average 13.1 points, was named the Pac-12's Most Improved Player. Arizona guard Nick Johnson was voted Pac-12 Player of the Year and Sean Miller was named Coach of the Year. Arizona State's Jordan Bachynski, who led the nation in blocked shots, was voted Defensive Player of the Year. Stanford's Josh Huestis was included on the five-man all-defensive unit.
Arizona's Aaron Gordon of San Jose is Pac-12's top freshman
San Jose Mercury News | Mar 11