College Basketball: Picking All-Pac-12 First, Second and Third Teams
Most of the college basketball world has written off the Pac-12 this year in terms of basketball excellence.
But nothing could be further from the truth.
While it is a conference that is working diligently at recovering from a ton of departures from graduation and early entry into the draft, there is still a great collection of talented players who have demonstrated their high-level skills on the court.
Here are the All-Pac-12 First, Second and Third Teams for 2011-12.
Third Team: Trent Lockett (ASU)
One of the few bright spots in what was an otherwise dismal hoops season for ASU was the excellent play of Trent Lockett.
The 6'4" junior led the Sun Devils in scoring (13 ppg) and rebounding (5.8 rpg).
Lockett means so much to ASU that when he was out for six games earlier in the conference schedule, Herb Sendek's squad lost all but one of the games.
Third Team: Chasson Randle (Stanford)
As a freshman, Chasson Randle proved this year that you don't have to wait around to make an impact.
The 6'1" guard from Illinois averaged 13 points per game on 43.1 percent shooting, including 43.2 percent from beyond the arc.
Randle put up 24 points both of the times that Stanford played Oregon State this season.
Watch Randle in the next few years. Cardinal head coach Johnny Dawkins will make him into one of the best guards in the west before his collegiate career closes.
Third Team: E.J. Singler (Oregon)
A big reason for the resurgence of Oregon basketball is the outstanding play of E.J. Singler.
The 6'6" junior averaged 13.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg and 2.2 apg and has been rock solid all year long.
Singler leads the conference in free-throw shooting (90.3 percent).
In a game against UCLA, he hit 16-of-17 from the charity stripe.
Third Team: Maurice Jones (USC)
USC head coach Kevin O'Neill is glad that at least one of his top players didn't get hurt this year.
Maurice Jones may have been the silver lining for the Trojans dark cloud of a 2011-12 season.
Even though the team hasn't won a game since January, Jones led the team in both scoring and assists.
The 5'7" mighty mite scored 13.3 ppg, pulled down 2.5 rebounds and handed out 3.4 assists.
Third Team: Lazeric Jones (UCLA)
Even with all of the insanity that has surrounded the UCLA program this season, Lazeric Jones has still had an outstanding senior year.
Jones leads the Bruins in scoring (13.2 ppg) while averaging 3.5 rpg and 4.2 apg.
The 6'1" senior's best game came against Stanford, when he scored 26 points, including 4-for-6 from beyond the arc.
Second Team: C.J. Wilcox (Washington)
On a team with a ton of perimeter talent, C.J. Wilcox still showed that he has some serious game this season.
The 6'5" sophomore averaged 13.8 ppg and 3.3 rpg.
Of his many talents, Wilcox is the Huskies' top three-point shooter, knocking down 40.1 percent of his shots from beyond the arc.
Second Team: Solomon Hill (Arizona)
Solomon Hill is a versatile forward who has shown that he can impact a game in a variety of ways.
The 6'6" forward is the Wildcats' leading rebounder (7.9 rpg) and assist man (2.7 apg), as well as No. 2 scorer (12.4 ppg).
Most of the year, Hill has had to play out of position, guarding the opponents' PFs.
With a loaded recruiting class of frontcourt phenoms coming in, Hill should be able to move back to his natural SF position as a senior. Look out in 2012-13, Pac-12!
Second Team: Jorge Gutierrez (Cal)
The Bears are ballin' in 2011-12 partly because of the excellent leadership of Jorge Gutierrez.
The 6'3" senior from Chihuahua, Mexico makes it all happen for Cal.
Gutierrez averages 13 ppg, 5.4 rpg and 4.1 apg.
Though he went for 26 points twice this season (McNeese State and Oregon State), his most impressive game may have come against Stanford, when he scored 11 points and grabbed a surprising 12 rebounds.
Second Team: Kyle Fogg (Arizona)
Even though Kyle Fogg has some nice numbers, his biggest contribution to the Wildcats might be his tough-as-nails defense.
The 6'3" senior is one of the best on-the-ball defenders in the West.
Fogg leads the Wildcats in scoring, averaging 13.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg and 2.3 apg.
He has two points-rebounds double-doubles on the season (16/10 against Washington State and 16/12 versus USC).
Second Team: Terrence Ross (Washington)
Terrence Ross moved from solid to super as he elevated his game this season.
The 6'6" multi-talented sophomore averaged 15.2 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.4 apg and 1.2 spg.
Ross has a lethal pull-up jumper and can really stroke it from distance.
Earlier this season, Ross dropped 30 points (on 6-of-12 shooting from beyond the arc) and grabbed 14 rebounds against UDub's cross-state rival, Washington State.
First Team: Andre Roberson (Colorado)
Andre Roberson helped Colorado (19-11; 11-7 Pac-12) to a solid start in their life in their new conference home.
If he can help the Buffaloes can win one game in the Pac-12 tournament, this will be the first time that CU has won 20 games in back-to-back seasons.
Roberson leads the Pac-12 in rebounding (11.3 rpg) and blocks (2.0 bpg) while scoring at a 11.1 ppg clip.
The 6'7" sophomore forward has put up 16 double-doubles on the season.
First Team: Allen Crabbe (Cal)
Allen Crabbe is following up a fab frosh year (Pac-10 Freshman of the Year) with a super soph season.
Crabbe leads Cal in scoring (15.2 ppg) and is the Bears' No. 2 rebounder (5.7 rpg).
The 6'6" wing from L.A. is money from three (41.2 percent), taking half of his shots from beyond the arc.
Crabbe had a career night on the road against Oregon earlier this season, scoring 26 points (on 6-of-8 threes) and grabbing 12 rebounds.
First Team: Brock Motum (Washington State)
Brock Motum has exploded on to the Pac-12 scene with an excellent junior season.
The 6'10" Australian leads Washington State in scoring (17.8 ppg) and rebounding (6.6 rpg).
Motum more than doubled his output over last season.
He had his best game of the season when he hit 34 points and grabbed eight boards last month against Arizona State.
First Team: Devoe Joseph (Oregon)
Devoe Joseph is taking full advantage of his one season at Oregon.
The transfer from Minnesota led the Ducks in scoring (16.7 ppg) and is Dana Altman's No. 2 assist man (2.8 apg).
Joseph is an excellent three-point shooter (43.5 percent from distance).
He had a season-high 33-point outing at Cal last month, hitting all nine of his free throws and going 4-of-9 from beyond the arc.
First Team: Jared Cunningham (Oregon State)
Jared Cunningham is a super-talented player who makes a serious impact on both ends of the floor.
Not only was Cunningham the Pac-12's leading scorer (18.3 ppg), but he was also No. 7 in the nation in steals (2.6 spg).
The 6'4" SG from Oakland scored 20 or more points 11 times this season, including three times going over 30.
Cunningham had a career-best game against Texas early in the season, scoring 37 points on a ridiculous 20-of-23 shooting from the free-throw line.
Pac-12 Player of the Year: Tony Wroten (Washington)
Tony Wroten came to UDub with a big-time reputation and he has not disappointed.
Wroten leads the first-place Huskies in scoring (16.3 ppg) and steals (2.0 spg) and is their No. 2 assist man (3.6 apg).
He is relentless about getting into the lane and lethal about taking it all the way to the cup.
Wroten is a Wayman Tisdale Award (National Freshman of the Year) finalist.