Utah's Jakob Poeltl was a dominant force this past week against the LA schools, thus he was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week. Poeltl has been named the Player of the Week four times this season, the most of anybody in the Pac-12, and puts his squarely in the race to win Pac-12 Player of the Year. Just a couple of weeks ago, especially after the Oregon debacle up in Oregon, it was very shaky whether he'd have a chance, now he may be a front runner. If he can keep up his production these next three games, he may clinch the award, and maybe something better for his team.
SAN FRANCISCO - Utah sophomore forward Jakob Poeltl has been named the Pac-12 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for a fourth time this season, the league office announced on Monday. Poeltl became the conference's first unanimous vote of the season.
Poeltl, who became the first Utah player to be named a Pac-12 Player of the Week three times in one season, now becomes the first player in program history to earn the honor four times. He also becomes the first Utah player to be named a conference player of the week at least four times in a season since Luke Nevill was tabbed a five-time player of the week honoree when the Utes were a member of the Mountain West Conference back in the 2008-09 campaign.
Poeltl helped lead Utah to a pair of wins in Los Angeles this weekend, which included Utah picking up its first win over UCLA since 1961 and snapping USC's 16-game home winning streak.
The Vienna, Austria native notched back-to-back double-doubles with 15 points and 11 rebounds against the Bruins and then posted 29 points and 13 boards against the Trojans. It was his 11th and 12th double-double of the season, respectively.
Poeltl shot 64 percent from the field, 80 percent from the free throw line, dished out six assists and tallied five steals on the weekend. His 29 points on Sunday matched a career-high against a Pac-12 opponent and his four steals were a new career high. He also scored his 500th point of the season in Sunday's contest.
Poeltl's four selections this season tie the second-most in one season in Pac-12 Conference history [Eddie House (1999-00), Ed O'Bannon (1994-95), Gary Payton (1989-90)], trailing only Quincy Pondexter's five awards in 2009-10. His four career selections are tied for 14th-most in league history.
Poeltl and the Utes (21-7, 10-5) return to action this week, hosting Arizona State (14-13, 4-10) at the Huntsman Center this Thursday, Feb. 25. Tip-off between the Utes and Sun Devils is set for 7 p.m.