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The coaches will announce their All-Pac-12 teams on Monday.
Here are my choices:
– Justin Cobbs, Cal: A combo guard playing the point, Cobbs wasn’t afraid to take big shots when the Bears needed them. His game-winner against at Oregon was as big a play as the team had all year.
– Allen Crabbe, Cal: Drew more defensive attention than any single player in the Pac-12 and still led the league in scoring. Improved his ability to get into the lane, his rebounding and his playmaking.
– Jahii Carson, ASU: Devastatingly quick. Dangerous in the open court. Talented enough coach Herb Sendek went up-tempo this season. Single-biggest reason the Sun Devils won 10 more games than a year ago.
– Larry Drew II, UCLA: Senior transfer from North Carolina was exactly what the young Bruins needed most — a rudder. Set a UCLA single-season record with 239 assists, and they’ve had a couple pretty good teams over the years.
– Solomon Hill, Arizona: Understated, but well-rounded and a difficult matchup who can play on the perimeter or in the paint. Strong and experienced. Always productive.
– Mark Lyons, Arizona: Just as Drew gave UCLA direction, Lyons brought experience at the point as a transfer from Xavier. Made big shots in big games. Has played in three Sweet 16 games — would like to make it four.
– Brock Motum, WSU: Among good players on bad teams, Motum was the best with the least around him. The Pac-12′s No. 2 scorer.
– Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA: It took the freshman wing a while to get in shape, but he delivered 13 20-point games for the league champion. A shooter and a scorer, Muhammad will leave for the NBA without an all-around game.
– Dwight Powell, Stanford: The most improved player in the conference, Powell showed what he could do when healthy. After two injury-plagued seasons, he delivered a consistent performance for the Cardinal.
– Andre Roberson, Colorado: The best rebounder and most versatile defender in the league. Roberson is the kind of player every coach loves — productive without needing to shoot the ball a lot.
– Kyle Anderson, UCLA: The most versatile of UCLA’s three excellent freshman, Anderson passes like a point guard and rebounds like a power forward. He needs more strength and explosiveness, but he has a chance to be very good.
– Carrick Felix, ASU: Along with Stanford’s Powell, Felix was the league’s most improved player. And he was a factor at both ends of the floor. Led the league in double-doubles.
– Roberto Nelson, Oregon State: Finally, after seemingly years of build-up, Nelson delivered this season. His team underachieved, but not Nelson.
– E.J. Singler, Oregon: The best all-around player on his team, Singler probably will earn first-team honors from the coaches, who like to reward seniors. Fact is, he was better in every statistical category a year ago.
– C.J. Wilcox, Washington: A nagging foot injury prevented Wilcox from practicing much of the season and he shot just 31 percent since Jan. 31. Still, he refused to leave the lineup and led the Huskies in scoring.
COACH OF THE YEAR
ASU’s Herb Sendek probably would have won this in early January (when the Sun Devils were 14-2), and Oregon’s Dana Altman might have taken it six weeks ago (when the Ducks were 17-2). But it’s a full-season deal, and one of the youngest (albeit talented), drama-driven, defection-ridden, ill-fitting teams wound up surviving the craziest Pac-12 race in years. UCLA’s Ben Howland should get some credit for that. The winner: Howland.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
There will be sentiment for a variety of players, but it comes down to Crabbe and Muhammad. Muhammad is very good and helped the Bruins win the Pac-12. But Crabbe had the better season. He scored more, rebounded more, had 80 assists to 24 for Muhammad, and bought in defensively on a team that wouldn’t have won without doing so. The winner: Crabbe.
Teresa Gould, the deputy director of athletics/senior woman administrator at Cal, is the recipient of the 2013 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Administrator of the Year Award.
The WBCA Administrator of the Year Award is presented annually to an administrator, athletic director or assistant athletic director, or senior woman administrator who has exceled at encouring the growth and quality of the women’s basketball program. The candidate must also have served as a professional role model for student-athletes.
“Congratulations to Teresa,” said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. ”I believe it is extra special to have people within the institution, in addition to the coaches and players, who are passionate about the game. Having strong relationships on campus with important people such as Teresa is crucial for any coach trying to run a successful program. Teresa couldn’t be a better role model for other administrators.”
In her eighth year at Cal, Gould oversees budgetary and operational needs of various intercollegiate sports, including women’s basketball.
Media covering Pac-12 women’s basketball honored Cal’s Lindsay Gottlieb this week as the league’s coach of the year, but the coaches themselves gave the award to Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer.
For the 13th time.
Cal and Stanford shared the Pac-12 regular-season title, each at 17-1. It was the first-ever conference crown for the Bears, a distinction the media decided gave an edge to second-year coach Gottlieb.
The coaches, who vote for the traditional all-conference team, gave the John R. Wooden Coach of the Year award to VanDerveer for the third straight season.
Stanford (28-2) earned the No. 1 into the Pac-12 tournament by virtue of its better overall record than Cal (27-2).
Brittany Boyd, Gennifer Brandon and Layshia Clarenden of Cal were picked to the all-conference first team, as they were in the media vote. Eliza Pierre and Clarendon also were named to the all-defensive team.
On the heels of an historic season, Cal women’s basketball coach Lindsay Gottlieb was named Pac-12 Coach of the Year and three Bears players were selected to the all-conference first team.
Brittany Boyd, Gennifer Brandon and Layshia Clarendon all were named to the all-Pac-12 squad while Boyd and Eliza Pierre were voted onto the All-Defensive Team.
Cal’s women earned a share of their first-ever conference title this season, posting a 17-1 league record. The Bears are 27-2 overall headed into the Pac-12 tournament. Both win totals are records in the 39-year history of the sport at Cal.
Brandon and Clarendon were repeat all-conference selections.
Boyd, a sophomore, averaged 12.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.8 steals per game.
Brandon, a Wade Watch Trophy and Ann Meyers Drysdale Award candidate, averages 12.4 points and 11.0 rebounds.
Clarendon, a Wade Watch Trophy candidate, Naismith Award candidate and a Senior CLASS Award finalist, leads California with 15.9 points per game – a mark she has increased to 17.6 in conference play.
Stanford junior Chiney Ogwumike was named Pac-12 Player of the Week and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week.
The Pac-12 women’s awards are chosen by the media.
We don’t devote much attention to water polo in this space, but here’s a special event that may hold interest for Cal fans — especially those coming to Haas Pavilion for Saturday’s 2 p.m. game against Colorado.
Just before 1 p.m., next door at Spieker Aquatics Complex, Cal women’s water polo will retire the cap of former Bears star and four-time Olympian Heather Petri. Fifth-ranked Cal will take on top-ranked USC after ceremonies honoring Petri.
A 34-year-old graduate of Miramonte HS in Orinda, Petri was a two-time All-America player at Cal and earned four Olympic medals as a member of U.S. teams, including a gold in London last summer.
She recently returned from a trip to Afghanistan, where she and other Olympians (including former Cal rower Erin Cafaro) visited U.S. troops.
Junior guard Allen Crabbe is among the top-30 finalists for the Naismith Player of the Year award.
Joining Crabbe on the list from the Pac-12 Conference is UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad.
Saint Mary’s senior point guard Matthew Dellavedova also is on the list.
Junior guard Justin Cobbs, who hit the game-winning shot at Oregon, then scored 18 points in the Bears’ victory at Oregon State, has been named Pac-12 Player of the Week.
That’s three Pac-10 PofW awards in a row for the Bears, who were represented the two previous week by Allen Crabbe. It’s the second time this season and the third time in his career Cobbs has earned the honor.
Cobbs’ tie-breaking shot with 0.7 seconds left at Oregon lifted the Bears to a 48-46 win over the first-place Ducks. He finished with 14 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
At OSU, Cobbs hit a 3-pointer with 2:49 left to help the Bears secure a 60-59 victory. In addition to his 18 points, Cobbs delivered five assists as the Bears improved to 10-5 in Pac-12 play, moving into sole possession of fourth place.
For the week, Cobbs averaged 16 points, 4.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists.
Salesian HS star Jabari Bird, who is signed to play for Cal next season, is among a record three Bay Area players who were named to the McDonald’s All-America Game.
Bird will be joined in the April 3 event in Chicago by Aaron Gordon of Mitty-San Jose and Marcus Lee of Deer Valley-Antioch. Gordon is unsigned and Lee is headed to play next season at Kentucky.
Bird, a 6-foot-6 guard, is rated as the nation’s No. 19 overall prospect, according to ESPN. He led Salesian to the 2012 CIF Division IV state title last season.
He will become the fifth player to come to Cal after playing in the McDonald’s game, joining Jason Kidd (1992), Jelani Gardner (1984), Shareef Abdur-Rahim (1995) and Leon Powe (2003).
Matt Beeuwsaert (1984), who began his career at Notre Dame, finished up at Cal.
This marks the first time in the history of the McDonald’s game, dating back to 1978, that the Bay Area will be represented by more than one player. Only six local players have participated in previous years.
To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the NCAA basketball tournament, the NCAA has commissioned paintings of each of the coaches of the winning teams.
Artist Opie Otterstad’s portrait of the late Cal coach Pete Newell hoisting the 1959 championship trophy will be unveiled during a private reception prior to Thursday’s home game against UCLA, then displayed to fans at halftime.
The original artwork then will be auctioned off, beginning Feb. 15 through www.NCAA.com/ART. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.
Here is Newell’s portrait: