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It's been another fantastic year of basketball across the country, one that saw the #1 ranking change hands week by week as the lofty praise of voters seemed to come with it's own mini Madden curse of sorts as having that #1 next to your name meant there was a good chance you would lose that week. Numerous freshmen from various conferences staked their claim as the best pro prospect at various points. The Big 10 was fantastic and seemingly had a marquee match up every week on tap to the point that by year's end, there really weren't too many upsets, just respected teams beating up on each other. Meanwhile, Gonzaga, of many past year's of dismissing their "mid major" or "cinderella" labels, stormed through the West Coast Conference en route to finishing the year as the top ranked squad. Parity was again the word of the day across the basketball landscape and should make for another exciting tournament where just about every informed basketball mind should be tearing up their brackets about a week after selection Sunday.

The Pac 12 certainly regained some respect for the conference from last year's disastrous season. Arizona flirted with a top 10 ranking most the year after an outstanding non conference slate saw them go undefeated and take down 3 ranked opponents. UCLA, after a slow start, found it's groove and hung on to win the conference's regular season championship. Cal, Colorado and Oregon are also all considered near locks to hear their names called on selection Sunday. Some great games were played and some fantastic fresh new talent emerged during the 2012-13 campaign that should leave most programs in solid shape going forward into next year.

But now, on to the awards in my final Pac 12 breakdown of the season.

Player of the Year:

Allen Crabbe, Cal Bears

18.6ppg...6rpg...2.7apg

Crabbe had another strong season as a junior leading the Bears to a 12-6 record in conference play while continuing to establish himself as one of the better pure scorers on the wing in college basketball. Crabbe saw his shooting percentage from distance decline this season, but he remains a lethal catch and shoot threat from deep while also displaying an improved mid range game and defense. He's considered a borderline first rounder who might not return for his senior season.

Freshman of the Year:

Jahii Carson

17.7ppg...5apg

Jahii CarsonJahii CarsonCarson was an academic redshirt last year, but stole the show this year as a freshman leading the Sun Devils past everyone's preseason projections and having them right in the thick of things surpassing 20 wins on the year. Carson is an explosive attacking pg who can get into the paint at will and finish in a variety of ways. At just 5-10, his pro potential is somewhat limited, but make no mistake about it, he will be one of the stars in this conference going forward as long as he remains on campus. Word has it Carson may look to leave this year as he's got a family to look after. His game remains raw as he lacks shooting ability, so it would be a shame if he doesn't make it back to hone his game for at least one more season in Tempe.

All Conference First Team:

Allen Crabbe, Cal Bears

Jahii Carson, Arizona State Sun Devils

Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA Bruins

18.3ppg...5.1rpg

Shabazz had exceptionally high expectations coming into the year as one of the more heralded high school prospects in America. He demonstrated a strong will to attack and use his mature, physical frame to punish smaller wings. He had some up and down shooting performances and raised some questions about his willingness to play within a team concept at times, but he is unique wing talent with a nice shooting stroke and supreme self confidence who never shied away from pressure situations.

Solomon Hill, Arizona WIldcats

13.6ppg...5.2rpg...2.7apg

Hill is a versatile combo forward with the ability to face up and shoot from the outside and the frame to take guys down low and make his presence felt inside. His senior leadership was vital in helping the Wildcats maintain a beginning to end top 25 ranking this past season as he was able to fill a lot of roles for the team.

Dwight Powell, Stanford Cardinal

15.1ppg...8.2rpg

Powell used his junior season to finally showcase a more assertive personality on the court and demonstrate the skills that have had him considered in mock drafts on this site for some time now. Powell showed consistency scoring double figures in every conference game this year by attacking the basket against slower bigs or stretching the floor where he shot 46% from three on the season.

Second Team:

Carrick Felix, Arizona State Sun Devils

14.2ppg...8.2rpg

Felix has long been a fantastic athlete and defender who's done a solid job playing off the ball by slashing and making scrappy plays inside while also guarding the other teams best wing player nightly. His senior season saw much of the same as well as improved perimeter shooting. Carrick drew consistent focus from opposing coaches who had to devise ways of slowing down the energetic wing.

Larry Drew, UCLA Bruins

7.3ppg...7.7apg

Drew surprisingly set the UCLA single season assist record this year and led a young team to the top of the PAC 12. The 5th year senior finished the season strong as he seemingly gained confidence month by month and hit numerous big shots in close games as teams played him for the pass more often then not. Larry's speed and ball handling make it hard to full court press the Bruins.

Spencer Dinwiddie, Colorado BUffaloes

15.4ppg...3apg

The sophomore point guard broke out this year as one of the better overall talents out West. Spencer is a long 6-5 with a nice shooting stroke and excellent ball handling abilities which have him projected as a future NBA talent. But he is still quite inconsistent with his shooting where he goes cold from time to time.

Andre Roberson, Colorado Buffaloes

10.8...11.5rpg...2.3stls

Roberson continued to crash the boards as hard as anyone in America where he once again was one of the top rebounders in the college game. Roberson is also arguably the Pac 12's best overall defender where he can make up for a lot of his teammate's mistakes as he covers ground quickly and disrupts plays all over the court. Chalk Andre up as another player who has another year of eligibility but might choose to try out the draft waters this summer.

Brock Motum, Washington State Cougars

18.4ppg...6.5rpg

Brock's shooting percentages and efficiency dropped considerably in his senior year. But a lot of that has to do with him trying to transition to being the man and carry a team with limited shot creators. Brock is a skilled 6-10 big who can shoot it from deep and has good mobility moving around the court but lacks a bit in the defense and physicality departments.

Third Team:

Jordan Adams, UCLA Bruins

15.2ppg...3.8rpg

Adams was a guy who from day one, where he dropped 20+ points in each of UCLA's first four games this year back in November, demonstrated that he can score the ball in a number of ways. He is a strong defender and has an excellent mid range game and often times bailed out the Bruins by showing up in tough games with big buckets despite not having a lot of plays run for him.

Kyle Anderson, UCLA Bruins

9.9ppg...8.9rpg...3.6apg

Anderson's role for the Bruins was key all year long as he was the team's best rebounder and one of the best passers who gladly moved the ball and made the smart play on a team full of guys who thought the smart play was going iso. Kyle is a unique player who must improve defensively as he was the Bruin's weak link in that regard. A potential breakout candidate if he returns for next season.

Mark Lyons, Arizona Wildcats

14.9ppg...3apg

Lyons is a score first point guard who made numerous big shots down the stretch in tight games this season including game winning shots against both Florida and San Diego State. Lyons is not a pure point and he sometimes settled for perimeter shots too often even when the ball wasn't going through the rim. But if the Wildcats are to make a tourney run, he will undoubtedly be a vital part.

EJ Singler, Oregon Ducks

11.5ppg...4.9rpg...2.9apg

Singler wasn't a reliable go to scorer on a regular basis, but for a team that shared the ball and had no one average more then Singler's 11.5 points a night, he was as important to the Ducks offensively as anyone this year. Singler is a very solid ball handler who could grab the board and then push it himself and was a high IQ player who made the smart play more often then not. The Ducks were a sum of their parts this year, and no part was more important then the senior forward.

Justin Cobbs, Cal Bears

15.1ppg...4.8apg...3.5rpg

Justin is an excellent one on one scorer where he has a fantastic crossover and step back jump shot which allows him to break down defenses in half court sets. Cobbs could work a little bit on his court vision and playmaking leadership attributes, but just a sophomore, Cobbs has a bright future and can get his own play as well as anyone in the conference.

All Freshman Team:

Jahii Carson, Arizona State Sun Devils

Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA Bruins

Jordan Adams, UCLA Bruins

Kyle Anderson, UCLA Bruins

Josh Scott, Colorado Buffaloes

10.7ppg...5.4rpg

Scott is a long athletic, albeit underweight, big man who moves around the court and finds his spots within the offense finishing plays around the paint both finishing off from his teammates creating for him or occasionally going one on one himself. Scott has a bright future and a lot of highlight above the rim finishes will be coming your way soon from the talented freshman.

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Close but Jordan Adams didnt

Close but Jordan Adams didnt make All Conference or All freshman team. As a UCLA fan I can see why you added him to you're list though

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I don't know who made the

I don't know who made the official all-freshman team, I don't follow that stuff. But if they didnt include Jordan Adams, I'm really surprised. I actually think he was the third best frahman overall ahead of Anderson and Scott who both made my freshman team as well.

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Agreed I think he should have

Agreed I think he should have made it as well, although I know his over all scoring numbers were good but I think they dropped in conference

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Singler is a very solid ball

Singler is a very solid ball handler who could grab the board and then push it himself and was a high IQ player who made the smart play more often then not.
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