Oregon senior Chris Boucher and junior Jordan Bell have been named to the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team. This is Boucher’s second straight season apart of this special unit.
The formidable duo leads the nation in combined blocked shots per game (6.87), total blocked shots (213) and the most altered shots.
The success of a program is exemplified through hardware. After a 27-4 season that saw UO go 16-2 in conference, it would he hard to look elsewhere.
Boucher and Bell’s defensive presence sparked the Ducks to their second straight Pac-12 regular season crown. Needless to say, the duo are the top two shot blockers in Oregon basketball history.
Bell became Oregon’s all-time leader in just his 50th career game. His 211 rejections will be especially tough to beat if Bell returns for his senior year. JB is No. 6 all-time on the Pac-12 ranks.
On November 21 against Georgetown at the Maui Invite, Boucher passed Blair Rasmussen (116) for second all-time on the UO career list. The former junior college transfer has recorded 186 total blocked shots in just two years with the Ducks. He set the Oregon single-season record with 110 blocked shots last year.
This season, Boucher is already having the third best single-season in UO history with 76 blocked shots. Bell is currently having the fourth-best season with 64.
Overall, Oregon has 213 total blocked shots in 2016-17. That is good enough for No. 4 all-time in Pac-12 history. The Ducks are just eight shy of their 2016 record season (221). Not to mention, UO is just 11 away from Washington’s Pac-12 record, established last year.
The Webfoots have set the season blocks record four times under head coach Dana Altman.
If that isn’t enough for you, just wait, there’s more.
2017 PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Dillon Brooks, Oregon. Enough said.
ALL-PAC-12 FIRST TEAM
Alongside being named the 2017 Pac-12 Player of the Year, Dillon Brooks was also named to the All-Pac-12 First Team. Joining him on this prestigious squad is Bryce Alford, Lonzo Ball and TJ Leaf (UCLA), Markelle Fultz (Washington), Kyle Kuzma (Utah), Lauri Markkanen (Arizona), Ivan Rabb (Cal), Reid Travis (Stanford) and Derrick White (Colorado).
ALL-PAC-12 SECOND TEAM
Kadeem Allen (Arizona), Jordan Bell (DUCKS), Josh Hawkinson (Washington State), Chimezie Metu (USC) and Alonzo Trier (Arizona).
PAC-12 ALL-FRESHMEN TEAM
Rawls Alkins (Arizona), Lonzo Ball (UCLA), Markelle Fultz (Washington), TJ Leaf (UCLA) and Lauri Markkanen (Arizona).
PAC-12 ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM
Kadeem Allen (Arizona), Marcus Allen (Stanford), Jordan Bell (DUCKS), Chris Boucher (DUCKS) and Derrick White (Colorado).
PAC-12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jordan Bell was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. We saw that one coming. The Long Beach native is certainly making a national name for himself.
PAC-12 COACH OF THE YEAR
Sadly, head coach Dana Altman missed out on his fourth Pac-12 Coach of the Year in the last five years. Arizona’s Sean Miller received the honor after his Wildcats finished with an identical record to Oregon (27-4, 16-2).
Arizona will be the No. 2 seed in the Pac-12 Tournament. They lost their tiebreaker to Oregon after losing by 27 points, 85-58, in Eugene earlier this season.
The humble Altman will happily accept the No. 1 seed over any award.
PAC-12 MOST IMPROVED PLAYER
Chimezie Metu of USC was named the Pac-12 Most Improved Player. He more than doubled his scoring (6.4 PPG to 14.4 PPG) and rebounding (3.6 RPG to 7.6 RPG) production compared to his freshman campaign. He also provided a team-best 1.4 blocks per game for the Trojans.
PAC-12 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
UCLA’s Lonzo Ball was unsurprisingly named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. He was in the driver seat since the season tipped off.