Pac-12 basketball: Bear, Bruin at top of list for Player of Year award

2013-03-10T20:00:00Z Pac-12 basketball: Bear, Bruin at top of list for Player of Year awardPatrick Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 10, 2013 8:00 pm  • 

Ben Howland’s list of basketball’s five greatest players starts with Bill Russell, and continues to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar before reaching Michael Jordan at No. 3, Magic Johnson fourth, and Kobe Bryant fifth.

There’s no LeBron or the Big O in the UCLA coach’s top five.

“It’s all based on making your teams win,” he said last week. “That’s how the great ones are judged.”

Pac-12 coaches spent the weekend deciding how to judge the league’s own players before voting for conference Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year, Most Improved Player and Coach of the Year.

They picked a 10-man first team and five-man second team all-league squad; a five-man all-freshman team; and a five-man defensive team.

The Pac-12 will announce the results Monday.

Get a look at the Player of the Year candidates in Monday's Arizona Daily Star.

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