Colorado Racks Up Pac 12 Basketball Season Awards

By David LaRose
Ron Chenoy- USA TODAY Sports

The Pac 12 conference announced their yearly awards today and to nobody’s surprise Colorado was well represented.

Sophomore guard Spencer Dinwiddie and junior forward Andre Roberson were both named Pac 12 all-first team selections while freshman Josh Scott was named to the all-freshman team. Roberson racked up more than just the all-first team selection as he was named the Defensive Player of the Year to go along with his All-Defensive first team selection.

Colorado head coach Tad Boyle has repeatedly stated that Roberson is not only the best defensive player in the conference but arguably the best defensive player in the entire country. His numbers speak for themselves (led the Pac 12 with 11.5 rebounds per game and 2.3 steals per game) but it’s his athletic versatility that really stands out when you watch him play. He can guard every position on the floor, whether it’s a guard on the perimeter or a big man on the low post, he can pretty much do it all. Roberson not only leads the Pac 12 in rebounds per game but he’s also been the nation’s leading rebounder for the majority of the season.

Dinwiddie has emerged as Colorado’s best offensive weapon and his first-team selection was well deserved. The sophomore broke out this season to lead the team in points (15.4 ppg), assists (3.0 apg) and free throw percentage. Dinwiddie is a confident player and at times this season he has been the best player on the floor. He simply can take over games with aggressive style of play and at least half of Colorado’s 20 wins this season have to be attributed to his stellar performances.

Scott was Colorado’s highest rated recruit of their latest recruiting cycle, and even though he was overshadowed by the other big name freshman the Pac 12 brought in, his impact on Colorado can not be overstated. The big man finished the regular season averaging 10.7 ppg and 5.4 rpg while finally adding an inside offensive presence that the Buffs sorely lacked. He’ll only get better, if he can put on some more weight, but look for him to make the jump to the all-conference team next season.

Colorado had another successful regular season under third year coach Boyle, winning at least 20 games for the third straight season, something they’ve never done in the history of their program. Boyle has turned the program into a legitimate conference contender in his short time in Boulder and, as you can tell from their season awards, he is is well stocked with talent for both the present and the future.

David LaRose is a College Basketball writer for Rant Sports covering the Pac 12 and the University of Colorado. He’s also a member of the USBWA. You can follow him on Twitter or check out his Facebook page.

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