Pac-12 Conference Men's Basketball Defensive Player of the Year

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Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year
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Awarded for the top defensive player in men's basketball in the Pac-12
Country United States
Presented by Pac-12 Conference
First awarded 1983
Currently held by Jordan Bell, Oregon

The Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year is an annual college basketball award presented to the top defensive player in men's basketball in the Pac-12 Conference. The winner is selected by conference coaches, who are not allowed to vote for players on their own team,[1] the award began in 1984,[2] when the conference consisted of 10 teams and was known as the Pacific-10.[3] It stopped being issued starting in 1988 but was restarted in 2008,[4][5] the conference added two teams and became the Pac-12 in 2011.[3]

Jorge Gutiérrez won with California in 2012 and became the first player to also win the Pac-12 Player of the Year in the same season.[2] Gary Payton won both awards in separate seasons with Oregon State, capturing the defensive honor as a freshman in 1987 and the conference player of the year as a senior in 1990.[6][7] He credited Beavers coach Ralph Miller with molding him into a standout defender. Payton played 17 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and became the only point guard to be named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year.[6] His son, Gary Payton II, later played with Oregon State as well, and was voted the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2015, he is the only player to have won the award twice.[4]

Season Coach School Class Ref
1983–84 Hays, ButchButch Hays California Senior
1984–85 Miguel, NigelNigel Miguel UCLA Senior
1985–86 Morrison, KeithKeith Morrison Washington State Senior
1986–87 Payton, GaryGary Payton Oregon State Freshman
2007–08 Westbrook, RussellRussell Westbrook UCLA Sophomore
2008–09 Gibson, TajTaj Gibson USC Junior
2009–10 Tarver, SethSeth Tarver Oregon State Senior
2010–11 Simmons, MarcusMarcus Simmons USC Senior
2011–12 Gutiérrez, JorgeJorge Gutiérrez California Senior
2012–13 Roberson, AndréAndré Roberson Colorado Senior
2013–14 Bachynski, JordanJordan Bachynski Arizona State Senior
2014–15 Payton II, GaryGary Payton II Oregon State Junior
2015–16 Payton II, GaryGary Payton II (2) Oregon State Senior
2016–17 Bell, JordanJordan Bell Oregon Junior

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2015–16 Handbook" (PDF). Pac-12 Conference. pp. 105–06. Archived from the original on February 3, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Faraudo, Jeff (March 5, 2012). "Basketball: Gutierrez sweeps awards — is named Pac-12 Player of Year, Defensive Player of Year". ibabuzz.com. Bay Area News Group. Archived from the original on February 5, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Pac-12 Conference 2015–16 Men's Basketball Media Guide". Pac-12 Conference. 2015. p. 5. Retrieved February 1, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d Letourneau, Connor (March 9, 2015). "Gary Payton II, Oregon State Beavers guard, named first team All-Pac-12, Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year". The Oregonian. Archived from the original on February 5, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c "UCLA Dominates Pac-10 Player of the Year Honors". CSTV.com. March 10, 2008. Archived from the original on February 5, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Gress, Steve (September 4, 2013). "Looking back at The Glove". Corvallis Gazette-Times. Archived from the original on February 5, 2016. 
  7. ^ Buker, Paul (August 11, 2009). "Ex-Oregon State great Gary Payton will be inducted into Oregon Sports Hall of Fame". The Oregonian. Archived from the original on February 5, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b Finley, Patrick (March 6, 2012). "Pac-12 basketball: Player of the Year starts with 'D'". Arizona Daily Star. Archived from the original on February 5, 2016. 
  9. ^ a b Lev, Michael (March 7, 2011). "USC's Marcus Simmons named Pac-10 DPOY". The Orange County Register. Archived from the original on February 5, 2016. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ "2016-17 Pac-12 Men's Basketball All-Conference Honors" (Press release). Pac-12. March 6, 2017. Archived from the original on March 9, 2017.