Motum Named Pac-12 Most Improved Player and First Team All-Conference
March 5, 2012
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University men's basketball junior Brock Motum was named All-Pac-12 First Team and the league's Most Improved Player of the Year, while his classmate Reggie Moore, senior Marcus Capers and freshman DaVonté Lacy were also honored by the Pac-12, commissioner Larry Scott announced Monday.
Motum, a native of Brisbane, Australia, becomes Washington State's first conference Most Improved Player, while picking up his first Pac-12 honors, appearing on the league's 10-man first team. The 6-foot-10 forward finished the regular season second in the Pac-12 in scoring and 40th in the nation with 18.1 points per game, while leading the league in conference games only with 20.7 points per league game. He also is the only Pac-12 player to rank in the top-10 in scoring, rebounding (6.5 rpg) and field goal percentage (195-355, .549). Motum becomes WSU's fourth-straight first team all-league honoree and the sixth since 2006-07 (Kyle Weaver and Derrick Low-2007, Taylor Rochestie-2009, Klay Thompson-2010, 2011).
A native of Seattle, Moore picks up his first All-Pac-12 honor, being named honorable mention. The 6-1 point guard was honored by the league his rookie year as he made the all-freshman team in 2010. This season he leads the league and ranks 39th in the nation with 5.3 assists per game. He's also fifth in the Pac-12 and 67th in the nation with a 2.11 assist/turnover ratio. Two seasons ago DeAngelo Casto was named to the all-conference honorable mention team, while Aron Baynes picked up the honor in 2008.
Capers, a native of Winter Haven, Fla., was named Pac-12 All-Defensive Honorable Mention, picking up his first all-league award. The 6-4 guard leads the team with 23 blocks this season and ranks 14th in the WSU career record books with 75 career blocks. WSU has now had a representative on an all-defensive team four of the last five years, including DeAngelo Casto on the first team each of the last two years and Kyle Weaver on the first team and Robbie Cowgill honorable mention in 2008.
A native of Tacoma, Wash., Lacy was named Pac-12 All-Freshman Honorable Mention, ranking fourth on the team with 8.3 points per game. The 6-3 guard has a team-most 50 made 3-pointers this season, good for third behind Klay Thompson (first, 68) and Bennie Seltzer (second, 62) in the Cougar freshman record books. Two years ago Moore was named to the all-freshman first team, while Casto and Thompson earned the honors in 2009.
WSU (15-15, 7-11) takes its No. 8 seed into the Pacific Life Pac-12 Tournament where it will take on ninth-seeded Oregon State (17-13, 7-11), Wednesday, March 7 at 12:10 p.m. at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
PAC-10 ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
PAC-10 ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jorge Gutierrez, California
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