Norman Powell named UCLA’s only All-Pac-12 first team member

Norman Powell (4) goes for a steal during UCLA's 77-63 win over Long Beach State on Nov. 23. Powell finished the regular season leading the Bruins in points (16.3) and steals (60), and was named to the All-Pac-12 first team. (Stephen Carr/Staff)

Norman Powell (4) goes for a steal during UCLA’s 77-63 win over Long Beach State on Nov. 23. Powell finished the regular season leading the Bruins in points (16.3) and steals (60), and was named to the All-Pac-12 first team. (Stephen Carr/Staff)

Norman Powell blossomed into UCLA’s go-to option in his final season as a Bruin, and was rewarded with a spot on the All-Pac-12 first team. The 6-foot-4 guard led his team in scoring, steals and free throw attempts, and ranked third in rebounds and assists.

Powell was also a conference all-defensive honorable mention for the second year in a row. UCLA had landed multiple players on the All-Pac-12 first team in three of the last four seasons.

Freshman Kevon Looney, who averaged 12.3 points and 9.5 rebounds, didn’t make the 10-member first team but earned a second-team nod. Sophomore point guard Bryce Alford was an All-Pac-12 honorable mention, rounding out a relatively unsurprising showing for the Bruins in the postseason awards.

The big shocker came in Joseph Young winning Pac-12 Player of the Year, becoming the first Oregon player to do so since Luke Ridnour in 2003. Young led the conference with 19.8 points per game, but isn’t as well-rounded a player as Arizona’s T.J. McConnell or Utah’s Delon Wright — two players who were the presumptive frontrunners for the league’s top individual honor.

It certainly helped Young’s case that Oregon won nine of its last 10 games to clinch the No. 2 seed in the Pac-12 Tournament. Head coach Dana Altman was named Pac-12 Coach of the Year for the second time in three seasons.

See the full list of All-Pac-12 honors below:

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Joseph Young, Oregon
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Stanley Johnson, Arizona
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Gary Payton II, Oregon State
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Josh Hawkinson, Washington State
JOHN R. WOODEN COACH OF THE YEAR: Dana Altman, Oregon

ALL-PAC-12 FIRST TEAM
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Arizona, F — So., 6-7, 215, Chester, Pa. (Chester HS)
Stanley Johnson, Arizona, F — Fr., 6-6, 225, Fullerton, Calif. (Mater Dei HS)
DaVonté Lacy, Washington State, G — Sr., 6-4, 215, Tacoma, Wash. (Curtis HS)
T.J. McConnell, Arizona, G — Sr., 6-1, 195, Pittsburgh, Pa. (Duquesne)
Gary Payton II, Oregon State, G — Jr., 6-3, 174, Las Vegas, Nev. (Salt Lake CC)
Norman Powell, UCLA, G — Sr., 6-4, 215, San Diego, Calif. (Lincoln HS)
Chasson Randle, Stanford, G — Sr., 6-2, 185, Rock Island, Ill. (Rock Island HS)
Tyrone Wallace, California, G — Jr., 6-5, 200, Bakersfield, Calif. (Bakersfield HS)
Delon Wright, Utah, G — Sr., 6-5, 178, Lawndale, Calif. (City College of San Francisco)
Joseph Young, Oregon, G — Sr., 6-2, 185, Houston, Texas (Houston)

SECOND TEAM
Askia Booker, Colorado, G — Sr., 6-2, 175, Los Angeles, Calif. (Price HS)
Elgin Cook, Oregon, F — Jr., 6-6, 206, Milwaukee, Wis. (Northwest Florida State)
Kevon Looney, UCLA, F — Fr., 6-9, 220, Milwaukee, Wis. (Hamilton HS)
Brandon Taylor, Utah, G — Jr., 5-10, 165, Los Angeles, Calif. (Pacific Hills HS)
Nigel Williams-Goss, Washington, G — So., 6-3, 185, Happy Valley, Ore. (Findlay Prep (Nev.)

Honorable Mention (receiving at least three votes): Bryce Alford (UCLA, So., G), Brandon Ashley (ARIZ, Jr., F), Anthony Brown (STAN, Sr., F), Josh Hawkinson (WSU, So., F), Shaquielle McKissic (ASU, Sr., F), Stefan Nastic (STAN, Sr., C)

ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Jordan Bell, Oregon, F — 6-9, 190, Long Beach, Calif. (Long Beach Poly HS)
Dillon Brooks, Oregon, F — 6-5, 205, Mississauga, Ont. (Findlay Prep)
Tra Holder, Arizona State, G — 6-1, 180, Los Angeles, Calif. (Brentwood School)
Stanley Johnson, Arizona, F — 6-6, 225, Fullerton, Calif. (Mater Dei HS)
Kevon Looney, UCLA, F — 6-9, 220, Milwaukee, Wis. (Hamilton HS)
Jordan McLaughlin, USC, G — 6-1, 170, Etiwanda, Calif. (Etiwanda HS)
Jakob Poeltl, Utah, F — 7-0, 230, Vienna, Austria (Arkadia Traiskirchen)

ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM
Jordan Bell, Oregon, F — Fr., 6-9, 190, Long Beach, Calif. (Long Beach Poly HS)
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Arizona, F — So., 6-7, 215, Chester, Pa. (Chester HS)
T.J. McConnell, Arizona, G — Sr., 6-1, 195, Pittsburgh, Pa. (Duquesne)
Gary Payton II, Oregon State, G — Jr., 6-3, 175, Las Vegas, Nev. (Salt Lake CC)
Delon Wright, Utah, G — Sr., 6-5, 178, Los Angeles, Calif. (City College of San Francisco)

Honorable Mention (receiving at least three votes): Shaquielle McKissic (ASU, Sr., F), Norman Powell (UCLA, Sr., G), Brandon Taylor (Utah, Jr., G)

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