Cal junior Tyrone Wallace said he doesn’t think most people expected he could earn first-team all-Pac-12 honors this season, but stressed he didn’t do it flying solo.
“It’s a great accomplishment,” Wallace said. “It just goes to show that with hard work you can accomplish pretty much anything. I mean, I don’t think anybody probably thought I would be first-team Pac. I worked hard.
“My teammates helped me get there, coaches trusting me also helped me get there. Just very appreciative.”
Cal coach Counzo Martin said he would have been surprised had Wallace not received the honor from the league’s coaches.
“I’m happy for him, he earned it,” Martin said. “When you’re in the top five in scoring, rebounding and assists in any league . . . that’s just a credit to his work and his ability to make plays.”
Wallace finished the regular season ranked fifth in the Pac-12 in scoring (17.2), fourth in rebounding (7.3) and fifth in assists (3.84). No other player in the conference was among the top-10 in all three categories.
“What he doesn’t get a lot of credit for is transitioning into a point guard at this level against this type of competition,” said Martin, alluding to the fact that the 6-foot-5 junior played shooting guard a year ago. “To do it night in, night out, it’s not an easy thing to do.”
Wallace was home when he found out through social media that he’d made the all-conference team. He got phone calls from his dad, friends and former coaches.
“I’m happy to have that support back home,” he said. “It was a proud moment.”
Cal junior guard Tyrone Wallace picked up first-team all-Pac-12 honors as voted by the league’s coaches.
Wallace was one of the league’s most productive and versatile players, averaging 17.2 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists for the Bears, who open Pac-12 tournament play Wednesday against Washington State.
Oregon senior guard Joseph Young and coach Dana Altman, who guided the Ducks to a surprising tie for second place in the Pac-12, won the league’s top honors.
Young earned Pac-12 Player of the Year after scoring 19.8 points per game for an Oregon team that won 11 of its final 13 regular-season games. He also led the conference in free-throw accuracy and 3-pointers per game.
Altman, whose Ducks were picked to finish eighth in a Pac-12 preseason media poll, was voted the John R. Wooden Coach of the Year. Oregon will be the No. 2 seed in the Pac-12 tournament, beginning Wednesday in Las Vegas.
Arizona’s Stanley Johnson was named Freshman of the Year in a vote of the league’s coaches, Washington State’s Josh Hawkinson was named Most Improved Player of the Year, and Oregon State’s Gary Payton II was chosen as Defensive Player of the Year.
Senior forward Reshanda Gray became the second Cal women’s player voted Pac-12 Player of the Year.
Gray joins Devanei Hampton, who won the award in 2007.
Meanwhile, teammate Brittany Boyd earned first-team all-conference honors for the third straight season. Boyd also was named to the all-defensive team.
Gray averaged 18.1 points and 7.2 rebounds for the Bears, shooting 57.6 percent from the field. Her 37 points against Sacramento State are the most scored by a Pac-12 player this season.
Cal’s Mikayla Cowling and Gabby Green were voted by the league’s coaches to the all-freshman team. Mercedes Jefflo was named honorable mention all-defensive team.
Scott Rueck of regular-season champion Oregon State was voted Pac-12 Coach of the Year.
Cal senior point guard Brittany Boyd has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the Naismith Trophy National Women’s College Player of the Year honor.
Boyd is the only Pac-12 player and the only player west of Texas to be selected as a semifinalist for the award, given to the top player in the country. The four finalists will be unveiled on Friday, March 20, and the winner will be announced on Monday, April 6.
The Berkeley High grad is averaging 13.1 points, 7.7 rebounds, 7.1 assists and 3.0 steals. She is the nation’s only player with two triple-doubles, she ranks seventh nationally in assists and is the NCAA active leader with 353 steals. Her 19 rebounds against Sacramento State are the most by a guard from a “power five conference.”
Boyd is the only active NCAA player — and the only player in Pac-12 history — to compile career totals of at least 1,400 points, 700 rebounds, 600 assists and 300 steals.
Boyd also was named to the Wade Trophy (WBCA), Wooden Award (Los Angeles Athletic Club), Nancy Lieberman Award and Dawn Staley Award midseason watch lists.
Other semifinalists for the Naismith Trophy are: Lexie Brown, Maryland; Nina Davis, Baylor; Moriah Jefferson, Connecticut; Jewell Loyd, Notre Dame; Kelsey Mitchell, Ohio State; Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina; Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Connecticut; Breanna Stewart, Connecticut; and Amanda Zahui B., Minnesota.
Cal junior Tyrone Wallace, in his first season at the position, is among 16 finalists for the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year award.
Wallace averages 17.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists for the 16-10 Bears, who return to action Saturday at Stanford. He has posted 10 games of at least 20 points this season.
Other finalists for the award include Arizona’s T.J.McConnell, Washington’s Nigel Williams-Goss and Utah’s Delon Wright.
Former Cal star Kevin Johnson, a two-time all-Pac-10 selection and three-time NBA all-star, has been nominated to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
KJ, who played at Cal from 1984 through ’87, joins Kentucky coach John Calipari and former NBA star Dikembe Mutombo among 12 nominees for the Hall of Fame. The Class of 2015 will be announced April 6.
“You look up there at some of the players and you don’t deserve to be in that category,” Johnson said. “These are people who, I had their pictures on my walls growing up. Having a chance to stand with them is remarkable.”
One of the most popular players in Cal history, Johnson finished his college career as the Bears’ career scoring leader. He currently sits sixth on the school’s all-time list with 1,655 points to go with 521 assists
A 12-year NBA veteran and the current mayor of Sacramento, the 6-foot-1 point guard averaged 17.9 points and 9.1 assists as a pro. He averaged better than 20 points in five seasons and four times averaged double-digit assists.
Cal women’s signee Kristine Anigwe has been named a 2015 McDonald’s All-American and will represent the West in the 14th edition of the McDonald’s High School All-American game.
The Phoenix native becomes the 13th Golden Bear signee to be named a McDonald’s All-American.
Anigwe, named one of 16 nominees for the Naismith High School Player of the Year award earlier this week, is one of 24 girls selected for the McDonald’s game that will take place April 1 at the United Center in Chicago.
Anigwe is the third McDonald’s player recruited to Cal by coach Lindsay Gottlieb.
California Women’s Basketball McDonald’s All-Americans
Kristine Anigwe – 2015
Mikayla Cowling – 2014
Gabby Green – 2014
Reshanda Gray – 2011
Justine Hartman – 2011
Afure Jemerigbe – 2010
Lindsay Sherbert – 2010
Gennifer Brandon – 2009
Eliza Pierre – 2009
Tierra Rogers – 2009
DeNesha Stallworth – 2009
Alexis Gray-Lawson – 2005
Devanei Hampton – 2005
Brittany Boyd and Reshanda Gray of Cal are among five Pac-12 players included on the John R. Wooden Award women’s mid-season top-20 list.
Cal joins Connecticut and South Carolina as the only teams with two players on the list.
Nicknamed “Cornflakes and Milk” because of their chemistry on the floor, Boyd and Gray have been consistently productive as seniors.
Boyd is one of the nation’s most versatile guards, averaging 13.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, 8.4 assists and 3.2 steals. She had a school record 16 assists in one game, 19 rebounds in another, and is the NCAA’s active career leader in steals with 324.
Gray averages 19.1 points and 7.1 rebounds and is shooting 59 percent from the floor. She scored 37 points in a game vs. Sacramento State, most by any Pac-12 player this season.
Also nominated from the Pac-12 are Stanford’s Amber Orrange, Washington’s Kelsey Plum and Oregon’s Jillian Alleyne.
Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike won the 2014 women’s Wooden Award.
Former Cal running back C.J. Anderson, a second-year, former free agent signee with the Denver Broncos, has been selected as a replacement for Pittsburgh’s Le’Veon Bell in the Pro Bowl.
“It’s a chance to showcase my talent against the best and show I belong,” Anderson said.
Undrafted after his senior season at Cal in 2012, Anderson signed with the Broncos but hardly played in 2013. He got his chance this fall and responded by rushing for 849 yards and eight touchdown in barely half a season.
Sean Lampley, who retired as Cal’s career scoring leader, has been chosen for induction into the Pac-12 Conference Hall of Honor.
One representative from each conference school will be recognized during ceremonies prior to the Pac-12 tournament championship game on March 14 in Las Vegas.
Lampley, the Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2001, finished his career with 1,776 points, a school record since eclipsed by Jerome Randle. Upon his departure from Cal, Lampley was the only player in school history ranked among the program’s top-10 in scoring, rebounding and assists.
He averaged 19.5 points as a senior and two years earlier was named MVP after Cal’s run to the postseason NIT title.
Others selected to the Hall of Honor were former Arizona coach Fred Snowden and players Ron Riley of Arizona State, Jim Davis of Colorado, Anthony Taylor of Oregon, Jim Jarvis of Oregon State, Dave Meyers of UCLA, Alex Hannum of USC, Casey Jacobsen of Stanford, Danny Cranes of Utah, Jon Brockman of Washington and Bennie Seltzer of Washington State.
Past Hall of Honor selections from Cal include Pete Newell, Kevin Johnson, Jason Kidd, Darrall Imhoff and Shareef Abdur-Rahim.