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Dane Miller’s Week 15 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 19, 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 — N’Faly Dante, Oregon
Oregon men's basketball player N'Faly Dante in 2023-24
There were multiple worthy nominations for this week’s Player of the Week award. I even considered players on teams that went 1-1, such as Utah’s Deivon Smith and California’s Jaylon Tyson.

But I whittled the options down based on my main criteria of voting for a player on a team that didn’t lose a game.

That left Oregon’s N’Faly Dante, Arizona’s Jaden Bradley, and Washington State’s Isaac Jones. I went with Dante due to his game-winning dunk with less than one second left.

Dante scored 22 points on 9-for-13 shooting and capped it off with a slam to win the game. Plays like that deserve recognition even if the quality of the opponent was not great and the others had similarly impressive games.

Freshman Player of the Week — Myles Rice, Washington State
It was an easy choice to go with Washington State’s Myles Rice.

The Cougar guard scored 25 points against California and 14 against Stanford while averaging 3.5 assists across both games. Rice was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line last week and connected on 45.5 percent of his threes.

I also considered Oregon’s Jackson Shelstad and Colorado’s Cody Williams. If the Buffs had found a way to beat UCLA on Thursday, I likely would have gone with Williams.

In the end, I went with Rice over Shelstad because he had stronger numbers and did it against better opponents.

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