For the second year in a row, Coach Dana Altman has been named the Pac-12 Coach of the Year. After leading the Ducks to the outright conference title, Altman was recognized as the top coach in the league. With the win, Altman is the first coach to repeat the honor since California coach Mike Montgomery did so from 2002-2004. Altman has gone 168-43 in his six years in Eugene, never winning less than 20 games in a season since his arrival.
Although the Ducks won the conference title, Coach Altman was the only one to receive one of the big honors of the night. However, many Ducks were honored earlier today with the release of all conference teams.
Pac-12 Player of the Year. Jakob Poeltl. Utah Utes.
Averaging 17.5 points, 9.1 rebounds per game big man Jakob Poeltl led the Utes to a 24-7 record overall and a 13-5 record in league play which was good for second in the conference.
Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. Jaylen Brown. California Golden Bears.
After being named to the all conference first team as well as the freshman team earlier today, Brown takes home the freshman honor thanks to his 15.3 and 5.6 rebounds per game this season.
Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. Gary Payton II. Oregon State Beavers.
Payton takes home the honor after leading the conference in steals at 2,41 per game, which was also good enough for sixth in the nation. Perhaps Chris "the Swatterboy" Boucher had a case for this one?
Pac-12 Most Improved Player. George King. Colorado Buffaloes.
Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Brandon Taylor. Utah Utes.