The accolades keep rolling in for sophomore center Jakob Poeltl after a strong week last week helping the Runnin' Utes complete a road sweep of the Washington schools. Poeltl was named Pac-12 Player of the Week, and now he has been named Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week as well (which is awards by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association [USBWA]). Poeltl, a seven footer from Austria, posted 29 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists (all of which either led the team or tied for the team high) in Utah's 80-75 overtime win over the Washington Huskies.
The award, created in 2009, has only been awarded to four Pac-12 players including Poeltl. UCLA's Shabbazz Muhammad was the last Pac-12 player to win the award prior to Poeltl in Dec. 2012. He is the only Utah player to earn the award. He is also the first Runnin' Ute since Jordan Loveridge in 2013 to win a national weekly honor (Loveridge was named CBSSports.com National Player of the Week back in Dec. 2013).
Poeltl and the Runnin' Utes will face a huge test today with the Cal Bears coming to the Huntsman Center at 9 p.m. MT for the annual blackout game.