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Pac-12 Men's Basketball Performance Awards, presented by Nextiva - February 26, 2024

Feb 26, 2024

The Pac-12 announced its 16th weekly honors of the 2023-24 men's basketball season as presented by Nextiva and voted on by media who cover the league. See below for this week's recognitions and keep track of the 2023-24 Player of the Year watchlist here:

Pac-12 Men's Basketball Player of the Week, presented by Nextiva (2/26/24)         
KJ Simpson, COLORADO             
Jr., G, Panorama City, Calif.

  • Efficient performance in leading Colorado to an 89-65 victory over rival Utah, scoring 28 points on 10-of-15 shooting (67%), including 5-of-8 behind the arc (63%).
  • Added four rebounds, three assists and a steal in decisive win over Runnin' Utes.
  • Is 1-of-5 players in NCAA Division I, and 1-of-2 from Power Conferences (Kevin McCullar, Kansas), averaging 19.0 points (19.56 ppg), 5.0 rebounds (5.56 rpg) and 4.0 assists (4.59 apg).
  • 14th different Player of the Week recipient in 16 weeks so far this season, equaling the second-most in a season (2018-19, 2013-14, 2011-12, 1983-84) and trailing only the 15 different recipients in 2008-09.
  • Third career Pac-12 Player of the Week honor (11/14/22, 1/2/23) and fifth career Pac-12 weekly award (two-time Freshman of the Week).

ALSO NOMINATED: Caleb Love, Arizona; Frankie Collins, Arizona State; Jaylon Tyson, California; Jordan Pope, Oregon State; Boogie Ellis, USC; Isaac Jones, Washington State.

Pac-12 Men's Basketball Freshman of the Week, presented by Nextiva (2/26/24)         
Rueben Chinyelu, WASHINGTON STATE         
Fr., C, Enugu Agidi, Nigeria

  • Recorded his first collegiate double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds to help Washington State upset No. 4 Arizona, 77-74, in Tucson to complete a season sweep of the Wildcats.
  • Played a career-high 28 minutes and converted 6-of-7 field goals against the Wildcats.
  • For the week, averaged 8.0 points on 80 percent shooting (8-10 FG), 7.0 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 assists in a desert split.
  • Eighth Pac-12 Freshman of the Week award for Cougars this season (Myles Rice 7), most for a single program since award's inception in 2019-20 (USC 7 2020-21, UCLA 7 2022-23).

ALSO NOMINATED: Isaiah Collier, USC.


  Player of the Week Freshman of the Week
Nov. 13 Kylan Boswell, So., ARIZ Isaiah Collier, USC
Nov. 20 Branden Carlson, Gr., UTAH Isaiah Collier, USC
Nov. 27 Fardaws Aimaq, Sr., CAL Sebastian Mack, UCLA
Dec. 4 Boogie Ellis, 5th, USC Myles Rice, WSU
Dec. 11 Tristan da Silva, Sr., COLO Myles Rice, WSU
Dec. 18 Sahvir Wheeler, Gr., WASH Andrej Stojakovic, STAN
Dec. 26 Oumar Ballo, R-Sr., ARIZ Sebastian Mack, UCLA
Jan. 2 Branden Carlson, Gr., UTAH Kanaan Carlyle, STAN
Jan. 8 Caleb Love, Sr., ARIZ Isaiah Collier, USC
Jan. 15 Isaac Jones, 5th, WSU Myles Rice, WSU
Jan. 22 Deivon Smith, Sr., UTAH Cody Williams, COLO
Jan. 29 Jordan Pope, So., OSU Myles Rice, WSU
Feb. 5 Dylan Andrews, So., UCLA Myles Rice, WSU
Feb. 12 Pelle Larsson, Sr., ARIZ Myles Rice, WSU
Feb. 19 Isaac Jones, 5th, WSU Myles Rice, WSU
Feb. 26 KJ Simpson, Jr., COLO Rueben Chinyelu, WSU