March 18, 2013
ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Washington State University senior Brock Motum has been named to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) All-District IX Team for the second-straight season, the organization announced.
For the sixth time in seven years a Cougar has earned the honor, as Motum picks up his second-straight USBWA all-district honor. In 2010, Klay Thompson became the first Cougar to earn the honor since Kyle Weaver was named to the USBWA District IX Team in 2008, as he followed with the same honor in 2011. Derrick Low picked up the accolades as a junior in 2007. The organization divides all Division I schools into nine districts. District IX is made up of all Division I schools in California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Arizona and Alaska and has a 10-man team, along with player and coach of the year.
Motum is one of seven Pac-12 student-athletes on the team and one of two players from a Washington school. He is joined by fellow Pac-12 members Solomon Hill and Mark Lyons of Arizona, Jahii Carson and Carrick Felix of Arizona State, Shabazz Muhammad of UCLA and Allen Crabbe of California. Gonzaga's Kelly Olynyk, Matthew Dellavedova of Saint Mary's and James Ennis of Long Beach State were also named to the team. Olynyk was named Player of the Year, while his coach, Mark Few was named Coach of the Year.
Motum (Brisbane, Australia), a 6-foot-10 forward finished his season second in the Pac-12 in scoring with 18.7 points per game, while ranking fourth in the league in conference games only with 17.4 points per league game. He scored at least 11 points in all 32 games this season and reached double-figure scoring in 32-straight games. With 6.3 rebounds per game, Motum ranks 16th in the conference, while he's fifth in minutes played with 35.3 minutes per game. He had 5 double-doubles this season, including in two in his three final games.
In WSU's final regular season game, Motum moved into fifth on the WSU all-time career scoring list and finished his career with 1,530 points. Motum's 597 points this season ranks sixth on the single-season list. This season Motum also became just the 12th Cougar to score 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds in his career as he has 539 career rebounds. Motum was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week both Dec. 10 and March 11.
Last season Motum was named the Pac-12 Most Improved Player and first team All-Pac-12. This year he became the ninth Cougar to earn second team all-conference honors as it marked the 14th time a WSU student-athlete has earned the accolades. He joined Jim McKean, Don Collins and Kyle Weaver as the four Cougars to earn both first team and second team all-conference honors in their careers. WSU has had a representative on one of the first two all-conference teams each of the last seven seasons.
The USBWA was formed in 1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. Today, it is one of the most influential organizations in college basketball.
USBWA District IX (Calif., Ore., Wash., Hawaii, Ariz., Alaska)
Jahii Carson, Arizona State
Allen Crabbe, California
Matthew Dellavedova, Saint Mary's
James Ennis, Long Beach State
Carrick Felix, Arizona State
Solomon Hill, Arizona
Mark Lyons, Arizona
Brock Motum, Washington State
Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA
Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga
COACH OF THE YEAR
Mark Few, Gonzaga