Kyle Anderson, Jordan Adams lead UCLA’s All-Pac-12 awards

After leading the Bruins to a second-place finish in the Pac-12, sophomore guards Kyle Anderson and Jordan Adams paved the way on awards day. Each landed on the ten-man all-conference first team, making UCLA one of three teams to have multiple nominees.

Anderson finished the regular season with 261 rebounds and 199 assists, and is on the verge of becoming the first major-conference player to hit the 200-200 mark since at least 1996-97. He missed out on becoming UCLA’s first conference MVP since Kevin Love, however, losing Pac-12 Player of the Year to Arizona guard Nick Johnson.

The Wildcats dominated the major awards, with Sean Miller winning Pac-12 Coach of the Year and Aaron Gordon taking Freshman of the Year. Arizona State center Jordan Bachynski was named Defensive Player of the Year, while Stanford guard Anthony Brown was the Most Improved Player.

Adams earned his first-team nod by averaging 17.5 points per game, seventh-best in the conference, as well as 5.3 rebounds. He also set a new UCLA single-season record with 85 steals. Despite leading the league in the latter, the sophomore was denied a spot on the Pac-12 all-defensive team. He and junior Norman Powell — the Bruins’ best on-ball defender — earned honorable mentions.

Zach LaVine and Bryce Alford both made the all-freshman team, joining Gordon and Arizona’s Rondae Hollis-Jefferson as well was Washington’s Nigel Williams-Goss.

Awards are decided by a vote among the 12 conference coaches. Coaches are not allowed to vote themselves or their own players. See the full list of awards after the jump:

ALL-PAC-12 FIRST TEAM
Jordan Adams UCLA G So. 6-5 220 Atlanta, Ga. (Oak Hill Academy)
Kyle Anderson UCLA G So. 6-9 230 Fairview, N.J. (St. Anthony HS)
Jahii Carson ASU G So. 5-11 180 Mesa, Ariz. (Mesa HS)
Justin Cobbs CAL G Sr. 6-2 195 Los Angeles, Calif. (Minnesota)
Aaron Gordon ARIZ F Fr. 6-8 210 San Jose, Calif. (Archbishop Mitty)
Nick Johnson ARIZ G Jr. 6-3 200 Gilbert, Ariz. (Findlay Prep)
Dwight Powell STAN F Sr. 6-10 235 Toronto, Ontario, Canada (IMG Academy)
Chasson Randle STAN G Jr. 6-1 180 Rock Island, Ill. (Rock Island HS)
Josh Scott COLO F So. 6-10 245 Monument, Colo. (Lewis-Palmer HS)
Delon Wright UTAH G Jr. 6-5 180 Lawndale, Calif. (City College of San Francisco)

SECOND TEAM
Jordan Bachynski ASU C Sr. 7-2 250 Calgary, Alberta, Canada (Centennial HS)
T.J. McConnell ARIZ G Sr. 6-1 190 Pittsburgh, Pa. (Duquesne)
Roberto Nelson OSU G Sr. 6-3 198 Santa Barbara, Calif. (Santa Barbara HS)
C.J. Wilcox WASH G Sr. 6-5 195 Pleasant Grove, Utah (Pleasant Grove HS)
Joseph Young ORE G Jr. 6-3 185 Houston, Texas (Houston)

Honorable Mention (receiving at least three votes): Askia Booker (COLO, Jr., G), DaVonté Lacy (WSU, Jr., G), Jermaine Marshall (ASU, Sr., G), Mike Moser (ORE, Sr., F), Richard Solomon (CAL, Sr., F).

PAC-12 ALL-FRESHMEN TEAM
Bryce Alford UCLA G 6-3 180 Albuquerque, N.M. (La Cueva HS)
Aaron Gordon ARIZ F 6-8 210 San Jose, Calif. (Archbishop Mitty)
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson ARIZ F 6-7 205 Chester, Pa. (Chester HS)
Zach LaVine UCLA G 6-5 180 Seattle, Wash. (Bothell HS)
Nigel Williams-Goss WASH G 6-3 185 Happy Valley, Ore. (Findlay Prep)

Honorable Mention (receiving at least three votes): Hallice Cooke (OSU, G), Wesley Gordon (COLO, F), Jordan Mathews (CAL, G).

PAC-12 ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM
Jordan Bachynski ASU C Sr. 7-2 250 Calgary, Alberta, Canada (Centennial HS)
Josh Huestis STAN F Sr. 6-7 230 Great Falls, Mont. (C.M. Russell HS)
Nick Johnson ARIZ G Jr. 6-3 200 Gilbert, Ariz. (Findlay Prep)
T.J. McConnell ARIZ G Sr. 6-1 190 Pittsburgh, Pa. (Duquesne)
Delon Wright UTAH G Jr. 6-5 180 Lawndale, Calif. (City College of San Francisco)

Honorable Mention (receiving at least three votes): Jordan Adams (UCLA, So., G), David Kravish (CAL, So., F), Eric Moreland (OSU, Jr., F), Norman Powell (UCLA, Jr., G)

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  • mbruin

    Congratulations to all bruins. Would have liked to see Powell get most improved because he has had a great season and been a key to our success.

  • uclawarren

    I get that they chose Nick Johnson because he was on the best team in the conference, but I think Kyle Anderson deserved it for his numbers and how important he was to the team.

    I wonder if BN thinks that Bryce Alford getting on the All-freshmen team is also due to nepotism…

    • pennyfan041

      Haha, I was wondering about Bryce. BN will say that his unearned minutes per game inflated his stats and that the people in charge of everything are stupid and don’t make good decisions like everyone on BN does.

  • Richard Thornton

    I guess others have noticed the incredible vitriol and prejudice at BN. What is with those people? They seem to reinforce their negativism to extremes. I would give them a little more credibility if they could spell.

    • pennyfan041

      I wouldn’t. They still say dumb stuff, even if it’s spelled correctly.

  • inhonorofpooh

    Do people from BN ever go to UCLA games? Are all the major contributors living in other states? You almost get the feeling they exist solely to cause trouble in the ranks.