UCLA's Drew II, Muhammad Secure First-Team All-Pac-12 Honors
March 11, 2013
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - UCLA's Larry Drew II and Shabazz Muhammad have earned first-team All-Pac-12 Conference honors, while Kyle Anderson has been named a second-team selection, as announced Monday by the conference office.
In addition, Muhammad and Arizona State's Jahii Carson have secured Pac-12 Co-Freshman of the Year honors. Muhammad and Anderson have been named to the five-person Pac-12 All-Freshman Team and classmate Jordan Adams has earned honorable mention accolades.
UCLA is the only Pac-12 team to have at least three players listed on the 10-person first team and the five-man second team. UCLA, Arizona and Colorado are the only schools to have two players named as first-team selections.
Muhammad, a 6-foot-6 guard/forward from Las Vegas, ranks third in the conference with 18.3 ppg, having scored in double figures in 27 of 28 games. He has twice scored a team-leading 27 points this season and ranks third among all Pac-12 players in three-point field goal percentage (41.7).
Muhammad becomes the eighth UCLA player to earn Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors, and the Bruins' first since 2008. He joins Pooh Richardson (1986), Don MacLean (1989), Baron Davis (1998), Jason Kapono (2000), Jordan Farmar (2005), Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (2006) and Kevin Love (2008).
Drew II, a 6-foot-2 guard from Encino, Calif., has averaged 7.3 ppg and a conference-leading 7.7 assists per game. He has established UCLA's single-season assists record (239), logging the sixth-highest single-season total in Pac-12 history. Drew II also leads the conference in assist turnover ratio (3.3).
Anderson, a 6-foot-9 guard from Fairview, N.J., has averaged 9.9 ppg and a team-leading 8.9 rpg in all 31 games. He is the only Pac-12 player to rank in the top-10 in rebounding (8.9) and assists (3.7), and he has logged a 1.7 assist turnover ratio, the fifth-highest mark in the conference.
Adams, a 6-foot-5 guard from Atlanta, has averaged 15.2 ppg and 3.8 rpg in all 31 games, making 25 starts. He has scored in double figures in 23 contests and ranks second on the team and eighth in the conference in scoring (15.2 ppg).
California's Allen Crabbe earned Pac-12 Player of the Year honors, marking the second consecutive season in which one of the Golden Bears' student-athletes earned the conference's top honor (Jorge Gutierrez in 2012).
Colorado's André Roberson was honored as the conference's Defensive Player of the Year, and Stanford's Dwight Powell captured Most Improve Player of the Year honors.
Oregon's Dana Altman secured John Wooden Coach of the Year accolades. Currently in his third season as Oregon's head coach, Altman guided the Ducks to a 23-8 overall record and 12-6 Pac-12 mark (tied for second place with California and Arizona).
UCLA (23-8, 13-5 Pac-12) will face either Stanford or Arizona State in a quarterfinal game at the Pac-12 Tournament on Thursday, March 14. Game time is 12:06 p.m. at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
2013 ALL-PAC-12 CONFERENCE TEAM
Honorable Mention (receiving at least three votes): Jio Fontan (USC, Sr., G), Arsalan Kazemi (ORE, Sr., F), Roberto Nelson (OSU, Jr., G), Jason Washburn (UTAH, Sr., C), Eric Wise (USC, Sr., F).
Pac-12 All-Freshmen Team
Honorable Mention (receiving at least three votes): Jordan Adams (UCLA, G), Kaleb Tarczewski (ARIZ, C).
Pac-12 All-Defensive Team
Honorable Mention (receiving at least three votes): Nick Johnson (ARIZ, So., G), Eric Moreland (OSU, So., F).
Player of the Year: Allen Crabbe, California
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