The UCLA men’s basketball team is still fighting for an NCAA tournament berth, but where might it be without Norman Powell and Kevon Looney?
Powell, a senior guard, was chosen first-team All-Pac-12 Conference in a vote of conference coaches. Looney, a freshman forward, was selected for the second team and was an all-freshman team pick.
Guard Jordan McLaughlin of USC also made the all-freshman team despite sustaining a season-ending shoulder injury Feb. 11.
Oregon guard Joseph Young, the conference’s leading scorer, was a somewhat surprising choice as Pac-12 player of the year over Utah guard Delon Wright and Arizona guard T.J. McConnell. Dana Altman of Oregon was coach of the year.
Powell, UCLA’s defensive stopper, has averaged a team-high 16.3 points per game. Looney averages 12.3 points and 9.5 rebounds, and his 14 double-doubles are the most by a Pac-12 freshman in a season since UCLA’s Kevin Love had 23 in 2007-08.
UCLA’s Bryce Alford, a sophomore guard, received honorable mention to the all-conference team.