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Oregon Ducks center N'Faly Dante makes second team All-Pac-12

Oregon's senior center averaged 13.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 26.2 minutes per game during the regular season.
Credit: Andy Nelson, AP Photo
Oregon center N'Faly Dante (1) looks to the basket for a rebound against California on Thursday, March 2, 2023, in Eugene, Ore.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon senior center N'Faly Dante was named to the All-Pac-12 second team on Tuesday by an eight-person panel of journalists who cover the conference. Dante was the only player from Oregon or Oregon State on the first or second team.

Dante, a 6-foot-11 big man, averaged 13.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 26.2 minutes per game during the regular season. The Pac-12 tournament begins Wednesday.

Jaime Jaquez Jr. was named The Associated Press player of the year in the Pac-12 and Bruins coach Mick Cronin was named conference coach of the year. Washington forward Keion Brooks was named Pac-12 newcomer of the year.

Jaquez considered leaving Westwood for the NBA after three productive seasons that included a trip the Final Four and the Sweet 16 in consecutive years. The crafty 6-foot-7 swing man had another box score-stuffing season in his return, averaging 17.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game while helping lead the Bruins to their first Pac-12 regular-season title in a decade.

Cronin has returned UCLA to prominence in four seasons since leaving Cincinnati. The Bruins had deep NCAA Tournament runs the past two seasons and were the class of the Pac-12 this year.

UCLA went 27-4 overall during the regular season, 18-2 in Pac-12 play and had its first undefeated home season (17-0) since 2006-07. The Bruins have the nation's longest active home winning streak at 25 games and are the No. 1 seed in the Pac-12 Tournament this week in Las Vegas.

Brooks had an immediate impact at Washington after transferring from Kentucky. The 6-foot-7 forward was third in Pac-12 scoring at 17.8 points per game while grabbing 6.9 rebounds.


u-Guard — Tyger Campbell, UCLA, Sr., 5-11, 180, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Guard — Boogie Ellis, USC, Sr., 6-3, 185, San Diego.

u-Forward — Jaime Jaquez Jr., UCLA, Sr., 6-7, 225, Camarillo, California.

u-Forward — Azuolas Tubelis, Arizona, Jr., 6-11, 245, Vilnius, Lithuania.

Center — Branden Carlson, Utah, Sr., 7-0, 228, South Jordan, Utah.

—"u" denotes unanimous selection


Guard — Drew Peterson, USC, Sr., 6-9, 205, Libertyville, Illinois.

Guard — Keion Brooks Jr., Washington, Sr., 6-7, 210, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Forward — Mouhamed Gueye, Washington St., So., 6-11, 210, Dakar, Senegal.

Forward — N'Faly Dante, Oregon, Sr., 6-11, 230, Bamako, Mali.

Center — Oumar Ballo, Arizona, Jr., 7-0, 260, Koulikoro, Mali.


Player of the year — Jaime Jaquez Jr., UCLA.

Coach of the year — Mick Cronin, UCLA.

Newcomer of the year — Keion Brooks, Washington.


All-Pac-12 voting panel: Bruce Pascoe, Arizona Daily Star; Michelle Gardner, Arizona Republic; Paul Klee, Colorado Springs Gazette; Adam Grosbard, Orange County Register; Jon Wilner, San Jose Mercury News; James Crepea, The Oregonian; Pat Rooney, BuffZone.com; Jesse Sowa, Corvallis Gazette-Times.


More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/college-basketball and https://apnews.com/hub/ap-top-25-college-basketball-poll and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25

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