Romar named Pac-12 Coach of the Year

Romar named Pac-12 Coach of the Year

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by Associated Press/Pac-12

KING5.com

Posted on March 5, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 6 at 8:45 AM

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (AP) -- California senior Jorge Gutierrez has pulled off an impressive Pac-12 double: He was named conference Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year on Monday, as chosen by the league's coaches.

Gutierrez, with his remarkable journey of leaving Chihuahua, Mexico, as a teen to play basketball in Denver, averages 12.9 points and 5.3 rebounds.

Washington guard Tony Wroten earned Freshman of the Year honors, Washington State junior forward Brock Motum was named Most Improved Player of the Year and Washington's Lorenzo Romar is Coach of the Year.

"Obviously, it helps when you win," Romar said about his initial thoughts of his third coaching honor.  "It helps when you recruit good kids with good talent."

"I can't say enough about my coaching staff because they share this too.  It should be "Coaching Staff of the Year' because they have done such a good job as well."

Wroten is the fifth Husky to earn the Freshman of the Year award, joining Isaiah Thomas, Mark Pope, Mike Heyward and Chris Welp.

"It's an honor and just such a blessing and I want to thank God for everything," said Wroten.  "It's a tough conference with a lot of good freshmen, so for me to get it is a great reward."

Cal's Allen Crabbe joined Gutierrez, Motum and Wroten on the Pac-12 first team, along with Oregon State's Jared Cunningham, Arizona's Kyle Fogg and Solomon Hill, Oregon's Devoe Joseph, AndrT Roberson of conference newcomer Colorado and Terrence Ross of Washington.

Ross leads the Huskies with six double-doubles and has scored double figures in 27 of 30 games.

In addition, junior Aziz N'Diaye was named to the All-Conference Defensive team and sophomore C.J. Wilcox was named honorable mention All-Conference.

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