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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 Rison, BryanBryan Rison Washington State Power forward [1]
1979–80 Scott, ByronByron Scott Arizona State shooting guard
1980–81 Revelli, JohnJohn Revelli Stanford Power forward
1981–82 Rogers, JohnnyJohnny Rogers Stanford Power forward
1982–83 Butler, DaveDave Butler California Power forward
1983–84 Welp, ChrisChris Welp Washington Power forward
1984–85 Taylor, LeonardLeonard Taylor California Power forward
1985–86 Elliott, SeanSean Elliott Arizona Power forward
Richardson, PoohPooh Richardson UCLA Power forward
1986–87 Payton, GaryGary Payton Oregon State Power forward
1987–88 Hayward, MikeMike Hayward Washington Power forward
1988–89 MacLean, DonDon MacLean UCLA Power forward
1989–90 Miner, HaroldHarold Miner USC Power forward
1990–91 Faulkner, JamalJamal Faulkner Arizona State Power forward
1991–92 Pope, MarkMark Pope Washington Power forward
1992–93 Kidd, JasonJason Kidd California G
1993–94 Knight, BrevinBrevin Knight Stanford Power forward
1994–95 Fowlkes, TremaineTremaine Fowlkes California Power forward
1995–96 Abdur-Rahim, ShareefShareef Abdur-Rahim California Power forward
1996–97 Bibby, MikeMike Bibby Arizona Power forward/G
1997–98 Davis, BaronBaron Davis UCLA Small forward
1998–99 Wright, MichaelMichael Wright Arizona Small forward
1999–2000 Jacobsen, CaseyCasey Jacobsen Stanford Small forward
Kapono, JasonJason Kapono UCLA Small forward
2000–01 Ridnour, LukeLuke Ridnour Oregon G
2001–02 Stoudamire, SalimSalim Stoudamire Arizona Point guard
2002–03 Diogu, IkeIke Diogu Arizona State Point guard
2003–04 Powe, LeonLeon Powe California Power forward
2004–05 Farmar, JordanJordan Farmar UCLA G/F
2005–06 Mbah a Moute, Luc RichardLuc Richard Mbah a Moute UCLA Power forward
2006–07 Budinger, ChaseChase Budinger Arizona Point guard
2007–08 Love, KevinKevin Love UCLA Point guard/F
2008–09 Thomas, IsaiahIsaiah Thomas Washington Point guard
2009–10 Williams, DerrickDerrick Williams Arizona F
2010–11 Crabbe, AllenAllen Crabbe California Power forward
2011–12 Wroten, TonyTony Wroten Washington
2012–13 Muhammad, ShabazzShabazz Muhammad UCLA Shooting guard
Carson, JahiiJahii Carson Arizona State Shooting guard
2013–14 Gordon, AaronAaron Gordon Arizona Power forward
2014–15 Johnson, StanleyStanley Johnson Arizona G/F
2015–16 Brown, JaylenJaylen Brown California Small forward [4]
2016–17 Ball, LonzoLonzo Ball UCLA Point guard [5]
2017–18 Ayton, DeandreDeandre Ayton Arizona Power forward [3]

Winners by school[edit]

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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