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Dane Miller’s Week 16 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 26, 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 — Boogie Ellis, USC
I almost always refuse to give my vote to a player on a team that lost.

That means Arizona’s Caleb Love, Oregon State’s Jordan Pope, Washington State’s Isaac Jones, and Arizona State’s Frankie Collins are automatically off the board.

That’s tough because Love and Pope had very strong weeks. But I stick to my criteria which leaves California’s Jaylon Tyson, Colorado’s KJ Simpson, and USC’s Boogie Ellis.

I went with Ellis because he played on the road against a rival and still managed to drop 24 points on 50.0 percent shooting.

KJ faced a struggling Utah team in Boulder and Tyson had an off-game game at home against Oregon State earlier in the week. It was one of those process of elimination votes but it’s a decision I feel confident in.

My guess is that this week’s voting is all over the board with at least five players receiving votes.

Freshman Player of the Week — Rueben Chinyelu, WSU
Rueben Chinyelu, Washington State
There were only two players nominated for the Freshman of the Week: Washington State’s Rueben Chinyelu and USC’s Isaiah Collier.

I gave my nod to Chinyelu due to his performance against Arizona.

The Wazzu big scored 12 points on 6-for-7 shooting while securing 11 rebounds. It took a team effort to beat the Wildcats, but Chinyelu’s contributions off the bench were pivotal.

Without his scoring and rebounding, WSU probably wouldn’t have won that game.

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