Pac-12 Honors: Week 11Posted by AMurawa on January 23rd, 2012
Team of the Week
Washington State – There are really three choices here, as Colorado, Oregon and Washington State all went 2-0 this weekend while homestanding. While the Colorado and Oregon performances are arguably more important in terms of the conference race (since each keeps up the pace with just two conference losses), the Cougars’ sweep of the Bay Area school is more impressive. We’ll get to Faisal Aden’s heroics shortly, but the two wins on the Palouse were very much team wins. Brock Motum averaged 15.5 points and eight rebounds per game while being ridiculously efficient; Reggie Moore seems to be buying into his role as point guard, handing out seven assists on Saturday despite failing to score; and guys like DaVonte Lacy, Abe Lodwick and Marcus Capers all made significant contributions to the wins. And, let’s not forget head coach Ken Bone, who was still making adjustments and keeping his team’s attention despite a 1-4 conference start.
Player of the Week
Faisal Aden, Sr, Washington State – It wasn’t all that long ago that we were killing Aden for taking 37% of his team’s shots. Yet, this weekend he hoisted 41.2% of WSU’s field goal attempts, and in doing so he dragged his team across the finish line in both games. Thursday night against Stanford, Aden missed four of his first six FGAs, including misses on all three of his three-pointers. Over the rest of the weekend, Aden never shot from behind the arc, converted 17 of his 23 remaining field goal attempts and got to the line 18 times. For the weekend he averaged 28.5 points per outing, made 65.5% of his field goal attempts and posted a true shooting percentage (which includes his scoring from the line) of 75.4%. In short, while Aden’s usage numbers went through the roof, he was very efficient. It remains to be seen whether or not he can keep it up, but for one weekend at least, Aden was spectacular.
Newcomer of the Week
Tony Wroten, Fr, Washington – While his Huskies dropped a home game to California Thursday night, Wroten continued his strong play, averaging 17.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.5 steals in this weekend’s split. There are still plenty of things about Wroten’s game that need to be cleaned up (for instance, despite his 19% three-point shooting on the year, he still put up six threes this weekend; his free throw shooting is always an adventure; and his turnovers on 23.4% of his team’s possessions isn’t doing anybody any favors), but he is a scoring threat, excellent rebounder for his position, a talented passer and a dangerous defender, and he should continue to improve.