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Dane Miller’s Week 17 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 March 4, 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 — Tristan da Silva, Colorado
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I considered several players for this week’s vote: Deivon Smith, Jaylen Wells, Caleb Love, and Tristan da Silva.

In the end, my vote came down to Wells or da Silva. I went with the Colorado wing because he averaged more points per game and rebounds per game.

Wells’ 27 points played a key role in WSU’s victory over UCLA but he only scored 13 points against USC earlier in the week. Da Silva, on the other hand, dropped 22 on California and 27 on Stanford.

It was a close call still, due to the quality of the competition. I almost took the third option with Smith due to his triple-double against Stanford and the 11.5 assists per game he averaged.

But da Silva’s production on Senior Night was the difference for my decision.

Freshman Player of the Week — Isaiah Collier, USC
My vote came down to USC’s Isaiah Collier and Washington State’s Myles Rice.

I went with Collier even though his team went 1-1 last week. The guard’s numbers were substantially stronger than Rice’s.

Averaging 27.5 ppg and 62.2 percent shooting from the field, Collier was on another level.

Rice did average 17.0 ppg in the two wins, but the scoring production from the USC freshman can’t be ignored.

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