Dane Miller’s Week 12 Pac-12 Players of Week Votes

Our senior men's basketball writer gives us his weekly selections with explanations

Posted on January 23, 2023

  By Dane Miller, SuperWest Sports

As a voter for the Pac-12 Players of the Week, my choices may occasionally differ from the official selections.

Pac-12Either way, I want to share my picks and give brief explanations of why I voted the way I did for the Freshman and Player of the Week.

My tweeted picks and summaries appear below.

 Player of the Week — Branden Carlson, Utah

My vote for Player of the Week came down to Branden Carlson and Azuolas Tubelis. This pick was the most difficult of the season, but I went with Carlson due to the efficiency of his scoring.

The Utah big went 21-for-29 from the field over the two games and averaged 26.5 points per game. The quality of competition that Tubelis faced was much higher, yet the Lithuanian went 11-for-27 from the field and averaged 14.5 points per game.

Carlson averaged 8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game against the Washington schools, helping to tip my vote in his favor despite Tubelis’ double-doubles against the L.A. schools.

Freshman Player of the Week — Jordan Pope, Oregon State

Sticking with my rule of thumb to vote for a player on a winning team, my selection for Freshman Player of the Week came down to Jordan Pope and Adem Bona.

I considered Arizona State’s Austin Nunez, but the sweep by the L.A. schools eliminated him from my final decision. I went with Pope due to his 19-point game against California.

He shot 8-for-12 from the field and helped secure OSU’s first true road win in almost two years. Without his production, the Beavers would have been in a much closer fight in Berkeley.

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