Daddy Ball isn’t going to be happy about this.
On Monday, the Pac-12 Conference deemed Dillion Brooks of Oregon was the best player in the conference this year.
There was considerable surprise about the decision, as many felt it would go to Lonzo Ball of UCLA. The Bruin’s standout went home with Freshman of the year, but failed to take home the top prize.
Brooks certainly had the type of season to justify receiving the award. Averaging 17.9 points per game and was named to the All-Conference team this season. Meanwhile, Ball averaged 14.9 points per game, but also poured in 7.8 assists and 6.2 rebounds per game.
The decision ultimately came down to Brooks and Ball, but the wasn’t necessarily a difficult one.
It must be said, Ball’s father probably has done him more harm than good this season. While most of the damage has likely been to his NBA prospects, it isn’t unreasonable to wonder whether the LaVarr’s often surprising statements about his son’s ability hurt his chances at winning top conference player honors.
Winning awards like these are sometimes about more than just stats and numbers, the extracurricular matters too.
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