Pac-12 Conference Men's Basketball Freshman of the Year

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Pac-12 Men's Basketball Freshman of the Year
Awarded for The most outstanding freshman male basketball player in the Pac-12
Country United States
First awarded 1979
Currently held by Deandre Ayton, Arizona

The Pac-12 Freshman of the Year is an annual award in the Pac-12 Conference presented to its top freshman player in men's basketball. The winner is chosen by the Pac-12 coaches. The honor began in 1979–80, when it was known as the Rookie of the Year and players in their first year in the conference, including transfers, were eligible. Junior guard Bryan Rison of Washington State was the first honoree and the only non-freshman to ever win. The candidates were limited to freshman starting in 1983–84, when the award was renamed to Freshman of the Year.[1] The conference was known as the Pacific-10 before becoming the Pac-12 in 2011.[2] Three winners were also named the conference's player of the year in the same year: Shareef Abdur-Rahim (California, 1996), Kevin Love (UCLA, 2008), and Deandre Ayton (Arizona, 2018).[3]




Season Player School Position Ref
1978–79 Bryan Rison Washington State Power forward [1]
1979–80 Byron Scott Arizona State shooting guard
1980–81 John Revelli Stanford Power forward
1981–82 Johnny Rogers Stanford Power forward
1982–83 Dave Butler California Power forward
1983–84 Chris Welp Washington Power forward
1984–85 Leonard Taylor California Power forward
1985–86 Sean Elliott Arizona Power forward
Pooh Richardson UCLA Power forward
1986–87 Gary Payton Oregon State Power forward
1987–88 Mike Hayward Washington Power forward
1988–89 Don MacLean UCLA Power forward
1989–90 Harold Miner USC Power forward
1990–91 Jamal Faulkner Arizona State Power forward
1991–92 Mark Pope Washington Power forward
1992–93 Jason Kidd California G
1993–94 Brevin Knight Stanford Power forward
1994–95 Tremaine Fowlkes California Power forward
1995–96 Shareef Abdur-Rahim California Power forward
1996–97 Mike Bibby Arizona Power forward/G
1997–98 Baron Davis UCLA Small forward
1998–99 Michael Wright Arizona Small forward
1999–2000 Casey Jacobsen Stanford Small forward
Jason Kapono UCLA Small forward
2000–01 Luke Ridnour Oregon G
2001–02 Salim Stoudamire Arizona Point guard
2002–03 Ike Diogu Arizona State Point guard
2003–04 Leon Powe California Power forward
2004–05 Jordan Farmar UCLA G/F
2005–06 Luc Richard Mbah a Moute UCLA Power forward
2006–07 Chase Budinger Arizona Point guard
2007–08 Kevin Love UCLA Point guard/F
2008–09 Isaiah Thomas Washington Point guard
2009–10 Derrick Williams Arizona F
2010–11 Allen Crabbe California Power forward
2011–12 Tony Wroten Washington
2012–13 Shabazz Muhammad UCLA Shooting guard
Jahii Carson Arizona State Shooting guard
2013–14 Aaron Gordon Arizona Power forward
2014–15 Stanley Johnson Arizona G/F
2015–16 Jaylen Brown California Small forward [4]
2016–17 Lonzo Ball UCLA Point guard [5]
2017–18 Deandre Ayton Arizona Power forward [3]

Winners by school

School Winners Years
Arizona 9 1986, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2007, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2018
UCLA 9 1986, 1989, 1998, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2013, 2017
California 8 1983, 1985, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2004, 2011, 2016
Washington 5 1984, 1988, 1992, 2009, 2012
Arizona State 4 1980, 1991, 2003, 2013
Stanford 4 1981, 1982, 1994, 2000
Oregon 1 2001
USC 1 1990
Oregon State 1 1987
Washington State 1 1979
Colorado 0
Utah 0


  1. ^ a b "2015–16 Pac-12 Men's Basketball Media Guide". Pac-12 Conference. p. 139. Retrieved January 30, 2016.
  2. ^ "Pac-12 Conference 2011–12 Men's Basketball Media Guide". Pac-12 Conference. 2011. p. 5. Retrieved February 9, 2012.
  3. ^ a b Bolch, Ben (March 5, 2018). "Arizona's Deandre Ayton is Pac-12 Conference's player, freshman of the year". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on March 7, 2018.
  4. ^ Letourneau, Connor (March 7, 2016). "Cal's Jaylen Brown named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year". San Francisco Chronicle. Archived from the original on June 8, 2016.
  5. ^ Bolch, Ben (March 6, 2017). "UCLA's Lonzo Ball is Pac-12 freshman of the year and one of three Bruins on first team". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on March 7, 2017.
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