Arizona, ASU prevail in preseason All-Pac-12 men’s basketball teams
University of Arizona Wildcats forward Azuolas Tubelis #10 during a basketball game between the University of Wyoming Cowboys and the University of Arizona Wildcats on December 8, 2021 at McKale Center of Tucson, AZ. (Photo by Christopher Hook/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
(Photo by Christopher Hook/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Three members of the Arizona Wildcats and two Arizona State Sun Devils represent their respective schools on the media’s Pac-12 All-Conference preseason men’s basketball teams.
The only representative of either school to earn first-team honors is Wildcats junior forward Azuolas Tubelis. The 6-foot-11 Lithuanian averaged 13.9 points and 6.2 rebounds in 36 games last season.
Only sixth overall pick in the NBA Draft, Bennedict Mathurin, outclassed Tubelis, while only second-rounder Christian Koloko passed him.
Four of the five members of the second team are Wildcats or Sun Devils. ASU sophomore forward Marcus Bagley made the team despite playing 15 games in two seasons. Last year he only played three games but averaged 10 points and four rebounds.
Sun Devil junior guard DJ Horne also earns second-team honors. Horne transferred to ASU last season and led the team in scoring.
These two join junior Wildcat guards Kerr Kriisa and Pelle Larsson. Kriisa averaged 9.7 points and 4.7 assists in 33 games, while Larsson averaged 7.2 points and shot 36.3% from behind the arc.
Finally, center Oumar Ballo is the only Arizona college player listed as an honorable mention. Ballo transferred to UA and played 37 games as Koloko’s substitute. In 15.2 minutes per game, he averaged 6.8 points and 1.2 blocks.
All-Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Preseason Media Poll – First Team
|Mouhamed Gueye||So.||F||washington state|
|Jaime Jaquez Jr.||Sr.||G/F||UCLA|
All-Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Preseason Media Poll – Second Team
|Marcus Bagley||So.||F||Arizona State|
|DJ Horn||Jr.||g||Arizona State|
- Prof. G Amari Bailey (UCLA)
- Jr.G Jaylen Clark (UCLA)
- R-Jr. C Oumar Ballo (Arizona)
- Sr F Quincy Warrior (Oregon)
- Prof. C Kel’el Ware (Oregon)
- So. G KJ Simpson (Colorado)