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CU men’s basketball: Josh Scott returns to first-team All-Pac-12 list

For the second time in his decorated career, Colorado senior Josh Scott was named to the 10-player All-Pac-12 Conference first team.
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For the second time in his decorated career, Colorado senior Josh Scott was named to the 10-player All-Pac-12 Conference first team.


All-Pac-12 first team

Rosco Allen, Stanford, Sr.

Ryan Anderson, Arizona, Sr.

Andrew Andrews, Wash., Sr.

Dillon Brooks, Oregon, So.

Jaylen Brown, Cal, Fr.

Elgin Cook, Oregon, Sr.

Julian Jacobs, USC, Jr.

Gary Payton II, Oregon St., Sr.

Jakob Poeltl, Utah, So.

Josh Scott, Colorado, Sr.

Player of the Year Jakob Poeltl, Utah

Defensive Player of the Year Gary Payton II, Oregon State

Freshman of the Year Jaylen Brown, Cal

Most Improved Player George King, Colorado

Coach of the Year Dana Altman, Oregon

Pac-12 all defense

Chris Boucher, Oregon, Sr.

Gary Payton II, Oregon St., Sr.

Josh Scott, Colorado, Sr.

Brandon Taylor, Utah, Sr.

Kaleb Tarczewski, Arizona, Sr.

No doubt, Josh Scott would prefer to take home the hardware awaiting the winner of this week’s Pac-12 Conference tournament. Never mind possibly ending his career with a deep run through the NCAA Tournament.

But for a player who entered the season answering questions about the balky back that kept him out of the picture for any awards last year, Monday’s honors provided sweet redemption for the University of Colorado senior.

For the second time in his decorated career, Scott was named to the 10-player All-Pac-12 Conference first team. Scott also was one of five players named to the All-Defensive team.

Teammate Wes Gordon was an honorable mention selection for the All-Defensive team, and redshirt sophomore George King earned the league’s Most Improved Player award.

“I said last year I was going to come back, and come back with a vengeance,” Scott said. “I’ve had a good senior year. It’s nice to get recognized for those things.

“I talked before the season that (defense) is an undervalued part of my game. I really worked hard on that end, just like I do at the offensive end. It’s what you can bring to the game when you’re not scoring. It’s an honor to get recognized for that.”

Scott enters this week’s league tournament ranked fifth in the conference in scoring (16.5), fourth in rebounding (8.7), and ninth in field-goal percentage (.541). Scott ranks fourth in blocked shots per game (1.7), having recorded a career-best 49. The senior from Monument also established a new career-best with 52 assists, shattering his previous career-high of 29.

He was a first team All-Pac-12 selection as a sophomore as well.

“He’s well-deserving,” said CU coach Tad Boyle, noting that coaches are not allowed to vote for their own players for the league honors. “I really appreciate the other coaches in the Pac-12 recognizing Josh’s defensive abilities. I’ve been championing it probably ever since last year. He’s made himself into a really, really good post defender.”

After failing to distinguish himself while appearing in 27 games as a true freshman two years ago, Boyle persuaded King to take a redshirt season last year to improve various aspects of his game. King embraced the challenge and emerged as a budding star this season, ranking second for CU in scoring (13.3) while taking a league-leading 3-point percentage of .453 (63-for-139) into Wednesday’s date against Washington State in the Pac-12 tourney opener.

“It’s always great to see something pay off,” King said. “You’d hate to take a redshirt year and truly work hard and do everything you can to better yourself, but then you don’t show the following year how hard you really worked. I’m glad and blessed I was able to come out this year and show my abilities of what type of player I am and what type of player I’m capable of becoming.”


On the heels of Saturday’s late collapse at Utah, the Buffs resumed workouts on Monday before traveling to Las Vegas on Tuesday. “(Monday) was good for the first hour and a half, and then it waned,” Boyle said. “Our guys, they like tournament atmospheres.”… The Pac-12 announced on Monday the league tournament is completely sold out. It is the first time all five sessions of the tournament have sold out in advance.

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