Dane Miller’s WK 11 Pac-12 Players of Week Votes & Reasons

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

Posted on January 16, 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 — Desmond Cambridge Jr. , Arizona State
Cambridge Jr.

My vote for Player of the Week came down to Arizona State’s Desmond Cambridge Jr. and Washington’s Keion Brooks Jr. I went with Cambridge due to the higher quality of opponents and the fact that the Sun Devils went on the road.

The Huskies faced the Bay Area schools in Seattle, while ASU swept the Oregon schools on the road for the first time since 2010.

Cambridge averaged 21.0 points per game on 53 percent shooting. He also went 7-for-15 from three.

Freshman Player of the Week — Michael Rataj, Oregon State

As a general rule of thumb, I don’t vote for players on a team that lost its games during the week. But I made an exception for Michael Rataj.

The Oregon State freshman averaged 17.5 points per game and shot 64.3 percent from the field in OSU’s two contests against the Arizona schools. He also averaged 2.5 steals per game against the Wildcats and Sun Devils.

I considered Cal’s Grant Newell and Washington’s Koren Johnson, but gave the nod to Rataj for carrying the Beavers last week.

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