Congratulations to Derrick Low and Kyle Weaver, who were both named to the All-Pac 10 teams announced today. Weaver makes an appearance on both the all-defensive team and 2nd team all-conference. Low was third team all-conference. Robbie Cowgill was honorable mention all-defensive team and Aron Baynes was honorable mention all-conference.
While I respect the decision of the ten voting coaches, my opinion of the best in the Pac-10 is different. Here now, are my awards for the conference season:
Player of the Year: Ryan Anderson, Cal. Kevin Love was the selection of the coaches, using the time-honored formula of [best team + best player = MVP]. Yet Anderson averaged 4.1 PPG more than Love while only averaging 1 less rebound per game (9.9). Anderson was also second in FT% and shot 41% from behind the arc. You also can’t put all the fault on Ryan for a 6-12 finish in a loaded conference. And even if you consider the W-L record a factor in POY, you have to remember that Love has much better talent around him. Ultimately, POY is an individual award, and Anderson was the best individual player.
SW All Pac-10 Team:
G Kyle Weaver, WSU
F Ryan Anderson, Cal
F Brook Lopez, Stanford
C Kevin Love, UCLA
F Jon Brockman, Washington
I really disagree with the selection of O.J. Mayo by the coaches. He has NBA talent, yes, but he was second in scoring and didn’t do a whole lot else despite leading the conference in minutes played per game. It was more difficult for me to leave Harden off the team with his defensive ability (the league leader in steals).
SW All-Freshmen Team
G O.J. Mayo, USC
G Jerryd Bayless, Arizona
G James Harden, ASU
F Davon Jefferson, USC
C Kevin Love, UCLA
Easy. I agree with the coaches wholeheartedly on this one.
Freshman of the Year – Kevin Love, UCLA
Defensive Player of the Year – Kyle Weaver, WSU
Coach of the Year – Herb Sendek, ASU
Trent Johnson?? Seriously?? All he had to do was sit back and watch Brook Lopez and the rest of Stanford’s talent go to work. If you could make the case that any other coach in the conference would have the same success with the same players, that coach shouldn’t be coach of the year. Also, explain to me the idea of honoring the first coach that I have ever seen that allows his players to yell during other team’s free-throw shots. Shouldn’t class be a consideration?
But I digress – Sendek took an ASU program in shambles and made it competitive last year and a bubble team this year. He never deserved to be fired from NC State.
Stadium Way’s Unconventional Awards
Underrated Player of the Year – Maarty Leunen, Oregon
Overrated Player of the Year – O.J. Mayo, USC – I like O.J. Mayo, to be perfectly honest. He’s a great talent. What I don’t like is the buildup he got from ESPN while guys like Weaver and Anderson fly under the radar. He is not the next LeBron; just a very talented freshman who has a chance to be a great player.
Most Likable Player – Kyle Weaver, WSU
Most Hateable Player – Brook Lopez, Stanford – Chest-thumped his way over the clear preseason favorite for this award, Ryan Appleby. If you listen closely, you can still hear him yelling at an opposing crowd for no apparent reason.
Most Likable Coach – Tony Bennett, WSU
Most Hateable Coach – Tie: Kevin O’Neill, Arizona; Trent Johnson, Stanford
Best Player in a Supporting Role – Tie: Luc Richard Mbah A Moute, UCLA; Robbie Cowgill, WSU
Selflessness Award – Taylor Rochestie, WSU. He led the conference with a 2.90 assist/turnover ratio. At one point, the ratio was as high as 5.
Lemming Award – Oregon State. 0-18. Will there be chants of 1-18 radiating from the Beaver State with a win in the conference tourney?