Arizona forward Lauri Markkanen (10) gestures to his teammates after draining a long range three pointer against Arizona State in the first half of their Pac-12 game at McKale center, Thursday, January 12, 2017, Tucson, Ariz. Kelly Presnell / Arizona Daily Star

Kelly Presnell / Arizona Daily Star

Former UA forward Lauri Markkanen was named UA’s male freshman of the year during the awards ceremony, although he is at home in Finland and did not attend. Softball player Jessie Harper was named female freshman of the year.

Among the other top honors, All-America shot putter Aaron Castle was named the top senior male student-athlete while volleyball’s Penina Snuka and softball’s Katiyana Mauga shared senior women’s student-athlete honors.

Golfer Wanasa Zhou was named the athletic department’s valedictorian, currently holding a 3.98 GPA as an accounting major.

Of the top juniors, runner Claire Green was named top female and swimmer Justin Wright top male. Of the sophomores, baseball catcher Cesar Salazar was named top male and golfer Haley Moore top female. 

Sportswriter for the Arizona Daily Star covering Arizona Wildcats basketball