Pac-12 leader Oregon and Utah's Jakob Poeltl should be big winners when the conference announces its regular-season awards on Monday. If I had a vote, here's the ballot I would submit.

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The Pac-12 will announce its conference awards Monday, which is voted on by the league coaches. With a few games remaining in the regular season, here’s how I would vote. For the all-conference teams, the Pac-12 chooses 10 players for the first team and five for the second team. We’ll go with a more traditional five-man squads for three teams. 


Jakob Poeltl, Utah: This is a no brainer. The 7-foot junior center from Vienna, Austria, captured a conference-best four league player of the week honors. It tied Eddie House (1999-00), Ed O’Bannon (1994-95) and Gary Payton (1989-90) for the second most in one season in conference history. Former Washington star Quincy Pondexter holds the record with five in 2009-10. Poeltl is the biggest reason the Utes (23-7, 12-5 Pac-12) are still in contention to capture a share of the regular-season title. He’s led Utah in scoring in 16 games and was tops on the team in rebounding 23 times. He’s also scored in double figures 26 times and had 11 games of at least 20 points. Poeltl is a finalist for the Oscar Robertson and Abdul Jabbar awards. He’s also a semifinalist for the Wooden and Naismith awards.


F Ryan Anderson, Sr., Arizona: Where would the Wildcats be without Anderson, who transferred to Arizona and sat out last season after spending three years at Boston College? The fifth-year senior fit in perfectly during his only season at Arizona. He’s one of just two Pac-12 players who average double figures in scoring (15.9) and rebounding (10.1). He also ranks fifth in the conference shooting 56.4 percent from the field. Anderson has been incredibly consistent. He’s scored fewer than 10 points in just two games. He’s also had 16 games with at least 10 rebounds.

G Andrew Andrews, Sr., Washington: The other first-team selections are what I would consider locks given their accomplishments and their team’s success. There’s no doubting Andrews’ credentials. Since Dec. 9, he’s led the Pac-12 in scoring and he’ll win the scoring title by a wide margin. He averages 21.2 points. Poetll is second at 17.6. The knock against Andrews is UW’s mediocre record (17-13, 9-9 Pac-12). Still, you can’t argue he’s done a masterful job guiding a lineup that included four freshmen for most of the season. Plus, he scored 47 points in a single game, which is tied for the most by a Division I player this season.

F Dillon Brooks, So., Oregon: Brooks has quietly put together a MVP-caliber season. He’s flown under the radar largely because the Ducks are a balanced team with four players averaging double-digit scoring. Still, Brooks is the best player for Oregon (24-6, 13-4), which is guaranteed of at least a share of the Pac-12 regular-season title. He’s third in the conference in scoring averaging 17.2 points. He’s first on team averaging 5.8 points, 3.1 assists and 33.2 minutes.

F Jaylen Brown, Fr., California: Unlike most freshmen, the 6-7 forward from Atlanta has gotten better as the season progressed. He averaged 14.5 points against nonconference teams and increased his scoring to 16.2 points. Brown emerged as California’s best player midseason when the team lost preseason MVP candidate Tyrone Wallace for five games due to a hand injury. Brown scored a team-best 15.5 points for California (21-9, 11-6), which could finish third in the Pac-12.

C Jakob Poeltl, So., Utah: Heading into the week, Poeltl ranked first in the Pac-12 and fourth in the nation with a .667 field goal percentage. He also ranked first in the league and 36th in the nation with 196 total field goals made. His 527 points on the season rank second in the Pac-12 and 56th in the nation, while his 17.6 points per game average ranked second in the conference and 95th in the nation.


F Rosco Allen, Sr., Stanford
F Chris Boucher, Sr., Oregon
F Josh Scott, Sr., Colorado
G Gary Payton II, Sr., Oregon State
G Gabe York, Sr., Arizona


G Bryce Alford, Jr., UCLA
F Elgin Cook, Sr., Oregon
G Isaac Hamilton, Jr., UCLA
G Jordan McLaughlin, So., USC
G Dejounte Murray, Fr., Washington

Others receiving consideration: F Marquese Chriss (Washington), F Josh Hawkinson (Washington State), G Tra Holder (Arizona State), G Julian Jacbos (USC), F Kyle Kuzma (Utah), G Tres Tinkle (Oregon State), G Allonzo Trier (Arizona) and G Tyrone Wallace (Cal).


Gary Payton II, Oregon State: Payton is primed to win the award for the second straight year. He’s collected fewer steals this season (70) than he did last season (95), but he still ranks among the nation’s leader. His 2.5 steals per game is first in the Pac-12 and sixth in the country. And it’s not just the steals that make Payton so effective. He’s masterful at getting deflections. He also averages 7.6 rebounds, which is tops among Pac-12 guards.


F Ryan Anderson, Sr. Arizona
F Chris Boucher, Sr., Oregon
F Malik Dime, Jr., Washington
G Gary Payton II, Sr., Oregon State
C Kaleb Tarczewski, Sr., Arizona


Jaylen Brown, California: Brown, a five-star prospect, entered the season with a lot of hype. He was the highest ranked Pac-12 recruit who was fourth nationally on ESPN’s list. He didn’t disappoint. Brown tallied at least 20 points in five of seven Pac-12 road games – 20 at Oregon, 20 at Oregon State, 27 at Utah, 21 at Colorado and 23 at Washington. Averaging 18.9 points in all road games this season. If UW’s record had been better, then I may have given the nod to Murray who leads Pac-12 freshmen in scoring, assists and steals.


F Jaylen Brown, Califorina
F Marquese Chriss, Washington
G Dejounte Murray, Washington
F Ivan Rabb, California
G Allonzo Trier, Arizona


Roscoe Allen, Stanford: The 6-9 forward from Budapest, Hungary was a role player on a senior-dominated team last year while averaging 7.3 points. This season, Allen became the centerpiece of a Stanford team that pulled off surprisingly big wins in the Pac-12 against Oregon, Utah and Cal. In those games he came up big and averaged 21.3 points. He’s averaging 15.7 points during the season, which ranks ninth in the conference. In Pac-12 play, Allen is fifth in the league averaging 16.8 points. He’s also increased his rebounding average (6.5 from 4.4), assists (47 from 39) and steals (34 from 18).


Dana Altman, Oregon: Altman is establishing himself as the best coach in the Pac-12. His track record has been impressive since joining the Ducks six years ago. They’re 147-63 (.700) during his tenure. It’s the best six-year run in school history. This season, Oregon went undefeated (18-0) at home for the second time in the last 78 years. The Duck have a 25-game winning streak at Matthew Knight Arena. Oregon is ranked ninth nationally and battling for a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament. The Ducks are picked fourth in the Pac-12 preseason media poll.