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Dane Miller’s Week 13 Pac-12 Hoops Players of Week Votes

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

Posted on February 5, 2024


  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 Summaries appear below.


 Player of the Week — Oumar Ballo, Arizona
Oumar Ballo Arizona men's basketball player
Ballo
My choice for Player of the Week came down to Arizona’s Oumar Ballo and UCLA’s Dylan Andrews. I went with Ballo due to his shooting efficiency and rebounding numbers.

The big posted a double-double in both games against the Bay Area schools and finished the week 16-of-20 (80.0 percent) from the field. Ballo averaged 13.0 rebounds per game and had a perfect 8-for-8 shooting night against California.

He scored 22 against the Bears and 18 against Stanford. Andrews also had a very strong week. The UCLA guard averaged 5.0 assists per game to go along with his 19.5 ppg on 53.6 percent shooting.

The sophomore was arguably the reason why the Bruins swept the Oregon schools. Still, Ballo was more efficient and averaged more points per game.


Freshman Player of the Week — Myles Rice, Washington State
Rice

The vote for Freshman of the Week was not easy. It came down to Arizona’s KJ Lewis and Washington State’s Myles Rice.

I have voted for Rice over and over this season which made me hesitant to do it again.

But his game-winning three against Washington in overtime was the deciding factor. Going on the road is never easy and the freshman dropped 18 points on a rival while dishing out five assists. Rice was efficient from the field, too, hitting 7-of-14.

I was still tempted to go with Lewis just to switch it up. But game-winning shots should be recognized no matter if it’s the same player winning the award. over and over




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