Player of the Week

Tyrell Roberts (Washington State)

After a string of losses that spoiled Washington State’s 5-0 start, the Cougars have tried to regain some of that early season magic. In their two conference games this week, they managed to go 1-1 and most recently beat Utah by 16 points. In both games, Roberts looked great. In a close loss against a talented Colorado squad, Roberts shined, scoring 25 points to go along with 3 rebounds and 2 assists. In the win against Utah, he played 30 minutes and scored 17 points while grabbing 6 rebounds. The Cougars now sit at 9-6 on the season.

Who’s Hot

Terrell Brown Jr. (Washington)

A slow performance against Colorado left Brown Jr. off the player of the week section of the blog but his week has been amazing, nonetheless. The Huskies played three conference games this week, something that’s never easy to do. In a loss against Arizona on Monday, Brown Jr. got his way whenever he wanted. In 32 minutes of play, he scored 28 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished out 6 assists. This loss was followed by a win against Utah on Thursday, where he scored 15 points and play made beautifully, garnering 8 assists over the course of the game. The slow down came against Colorado, where Brown Jr. only recorded 12 points along with 5 rebounds and 3 assists in a very winnable game. They would go on to lose 78-64. Brown Jr. needs some help because he’s doing all he can.

Andre Kelly (California)

California faced arguably the two best teams in the Pac-12 this week with both USC and UCLA playing the Golden Bears. Surprisingly, California held their own against both fairly well and a big part of that was because of Andre Kelly. In a 77-63 loss to USC on Thursday, Kelly dropped a double-double on one of the best big men in the Pac-12, Isaiah Mobley. He had 13 points and 11 rebounds in a game that could’ve gone very south but stayed somewhat close. On Saturday, California put up a fight against UCLA, ultimately losing 60-52. Kelly scored more in this game, dropping 22 points along with grabbing 6 rebounds.

Who’s Not

Jaime Jaquez Jr. (UCLA)

After playing their first two games since December 11th, UCLA was able to rack up two wins. Though the team has won, Jaquez Jr. has seemed to struggle a little bit coming off of the break. In a win against Long Beach State, he played a mere 18 minutes and only scored 8 points to go along with 3 rebounds. In another close win against Colorado, he played 32 minutes but still only scored 14 points and grabbed 1 rebound. There should be no worry about one of the key pieces for this team but it’s no lie he’s struggled thus far.

Utah Utes

It’s been another terrible week for the Utes, going winless again. They started off the week losing to one of the worst teams in the conference, the Washington Huskies. This game saw four Huskies score 14 or more and was an overall terrible defensive effort from Utah. Utah then lost again to Washington State, another iffy team this year. The Utes are having lots of trouble as of late.

Top 5 Seniors in the Pac-12

Jules Bernard (UCLA)

Bernard has not only had a great year, but he’s also been a great leader for this UCLA squad. This season, he’s averaging 13 points to go along with 4.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists. His season has also been fairly efficient, shooting 45.2% from the field and 41.2% from deep.

Terrell Brown Jr. (Washington)

Possibly the best player in the Pac-12, Brown Jr. has had a monster year so far. His splits of 21.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists are amazing to say the least. Though his efficiency isn’t the greatest (21.1% from three, 77.6% from the free throw line), his ability to score is elite.

Andre Kelly (California)

The Golden Bears are exceeding expectations and one of the contributing factors to this has been Andre Kelly. The senior has averaged 15 points, 8.6 rebounds and .9 assists so far this season, proving to be one of the best big men in the Pac-12. This season has been a great one for Kelly and California.

Kimani Lawrence (Arizona State)

Lawrence isn’t the flashiest player or the best scorer, but he is certainly one of the best rebounders currently in the conference. He averages 11.1 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game for this year. He is currently averaging the fourth most rebounds per game in the Pac-12 while being only 6’6’.

Jordan Shepard (California)

This senior has averaged over 10 points in the last three years of his career and is currently having his best season. He averages 14.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. He also plays 33 minutes per contest, being as available as anyone can be.

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