June 10, 2013
LOS ANGELES - UCLA senior guard Larry Drew II was honored with the Coach John Wooden Award as the Bruins' Most Valuable Player in the team's annual presentation of year-end awards.
Drew II, a senior from Encino, Calif., averaged 7.5 points and 7.3 assists per game in 2012-13 and secured first-team All-Pac-12 Conference honors. In his only season playing for the Bruins, he established UCLA's single-season assists record (256), the third-highest single-season assist total in Pac-12 history. Drew II was also honored with the UCLA Alumni Association Award as the team's assist leader.
Freshman guard Jordan Adams was presented with the Irv Pohlmeyer Memorial Award as the team's outstanding defensive player, in addition to earning the Bob "Ace" Calkins Memorial Award as the Bruins' top free throw shooter. Adams finished the season second on the team with 15.3 points per game and added 3.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists and a team-leading 2.2 steals per contest. Adams ranked third in the Pac-12 in free throw percentage (84.3, 129-153).
Freshman guard/forward Kyle Anderson earned the Gerald A. Finerman Award as the team's leading rebounder. Anderson logged 9.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. His 302 total rebounds were the highest single-season total by any UCLA freshman since Kevin Love collected 415 rebounds (10.6 rpg) in 2007-08. Anderson was the only Pac-12 player in 2012-13 to rank in the top 10 in both rebounds and assists.
Freshman guard/forward Shabazz Muhammad was the recipient of the Seymour Armond Memorial Award as the team's Most Valuable Freshman. Muhammad led UCLA with 17.9 points per game, the fourth-highest scoring average in the Pac-12. He also registered 5.2 rebounds per game, tied with junior Travis Wear for the team's second-highest rebounding average. Muhammad finished his freshman campaign having scored in double figures in 31 of 32 games played.
Junior forwards David Wear and Travis Wear were honored with the Elvin C. "Ducky" Drake Memorial Award, presented to the player or players with the best competitive spirit, inspiration and unselfish contributions. David averaged 7.1 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, scoring in double figures in 10 contests. Travis finished the year averaging 10.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game, having scored in double figures in 19 games.
Sophomore guard Norman Powell earned the Bruin Hoopsters J.D. Morgan Memorial Award for outstanding team play. The resident of San Diego, Calif., was one of three players to have competed in all 35 games. Powell averaged 6.1 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.
Freshman forward/center Tony Parker was presented with the Bruin Bench Basketball Award, distributed to the player displaying most improvement in all-around play and mental attitude. Parker, a 6-foot-9 post player from Atlanta, Ga., averaged 2.4 points and 1.2 rebounds in 33 games. He shot at a 54.1 percent clip from the field and registered nine blocks.
Junior center Sooren Derboghosian earned the UCLA Faculty Athletic Representative Award, which recognizes academic achievement and team contribution. Derboghosian, who transferred to UCLA last summer after two years at Glendale Community College, played in four games in 2012-13. Derboghosian, who hails from Tehran, Iran, can speak five languages and intends to major in sociology.
Complete List of 2012-13 UCLA Men's Basketball Team Awards
Bob "Ace" Calkins Memorial Award - Jordan Adams
Free Throw Champion
UCLA Faculty Athletic Representative Award - Sooren Derboghosian
Academic Achievement and Team Contribution
UCLA Alumni Association Award - Larry Drew II
Team Assist Leader
Gerald A. Finerman Award - Kyle Anderson
Team Rebounding Leader
Elvin C. "Ducky" Drake Memorial Award - David Wear / Travis Wear
For Competitive Spirit, Inspiration and Unselfish Contributions
Bruin Hoopsters JD Morgan Memorial Award - Norman Powell
Outstanding Team Play
Seymour Armond Memorial Award - Shabazz Muhammad
Most Valuable Freshman
Irv Pohlmeyer Memorial Award - Jordan Adams
Outstanding Defensive Player
Bruin Bench Basketball Award - Tony Parker
Most Improvement in All-Around Play and Mental Attitude
Coach John Wooden Award - Larry Drew II
Most Valuable Player