With the Pac-12 Conference looming for the surging Colorado men's basketball team, the Buffaloes took a quick timeout Sunday to hand out their annual team awards.

For the second consecutive season, sophomore point guard McKinley Wright captured CU's Chancey Billups MVP Award. Wright goes into Wednesday's first-round matchup against Cal averaging 13.0 points, 4.9 assists, and 4.8 rebounds. Wright owns a .504 overall field goal percentage, and after a rough start to the season from 3-point range Wright compiled a solid .388 mark from the arc in league play.

Wright also won the Jay Humphries Assist Award for the second consecutive year.

Sophomore forward Tyler Bey, who ended the regular season with double-doubles in eight of the final 10 games, won CU's Most Improved Player Award and the Best Defender Award. Bey also captured the Stephane Pelle Rebounding Award with an average of 9.6 per game that ranked second in the Pac-12.

Redshirt freshman Evan Battey was voted Most Inspirational while third-year sophomore Alex Strating won the Tebo Family PASS Award, which is given to the player who "best exemplifies the virtues of perseverance, attitude, selflessness, and success."

All of the awards, except the statistical leader awards, are voted on by the team. The official All-Pac-12 selections released by the league will be announced Monday, with the all-league selections voted on by the AP to follow on Tuesday.


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