Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Performance Awards, presented by Nextiva – February 26, 2024

The Pac-12 announced its 16th weekly honors of the 2023-24 men’s basketball season as presented by Nextiva and voted on by media who cover the league. See below for this week’s recognitions and keep track of the 2023-24 Player of the Year watchlist here

Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, presented by Nextiva (2/26/24)         
KJ Simpson, COLORADO             
Jr., G, Panorama City, Calif.

  • Efficient performance in leading Colorado to an 89-65 victory over rival Utah, scoring 28 points on 10-of-15 shooting (67%), including 5-of-8 behind the arc (63%). 
  • Added four rebounds, three assists and a steal in decisive win over Runnin’ Utes. 
  • Is 1-of-5 players in NCAA Division I, and 1-of-2 from Power Conferences (Kevin McCullar, Kansas), averaging 19.0 points (19.56 ppg), 5.0 rebounds (5.56 rpg) and 4.0 assists (4.59 apg). 
  • 14th different Player of the Week recipient in 16 weeks so far this season, equaling the second-most in a season (2018-19, 2013-14, 2011-12, 1983-84) and trailing only the 15 different recipients in 2008-09. 
  • Third career Pac-12 Player of the Week honor (11/14/22, 1/2/23) and fifth career Pac-12 weekly award (two-time Freshman of the Week). 

ALSO NOMINATED: Caleb Love, Arizona; Frankie Collins, Arizona State; Jaylon Tyson, California; Jordan Pope, Oregon State; Boogie Ellis, USC; Isaac Jones, Washington State. 

Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Freshman of the Week, presented by Nextiva (2/26/24)         
Rueben Chinyelu, WASHINGTON STATE         
Fr., C, Enugu Agidi, Nigeria

  • Recorded his first collegiate double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds to help Washington State upset No. 4 Arizona, 77-74, in Tucson to complete a season sweep of the Wildcats. 
  • Played a career-high 28 minutes and converted 6-of-7 field goals against the Wildcats. 
  • For the week, averaged 8.0 points on 80 percent shooting (8-10 FG), 7.0 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 assists in a desert split. 
  • Eighth Pac-12 Freshman of the Week award for Cougars this season (Myles Rice 7), most for a single program since award’s inception in 2019-20 (USC 7 2020-21, UCLA 7 2022-23). 

ALSO NOMINATED: Isaiah Collier, USC. 


  Player of the WeekFreshman of the Week
Nov. 13Kylan Boswell, So., ARIZIsaiah Collier, USC
Nov. 20Branden Carlson, Gr., UTAHIsaiah Collier, USC
Nov. 27Fardaws Aimaq, Sr., CALSebastian Mack, UCLA
Dec. 4Boogie Ellis, 5th, USCMyles Rice, WSU
Dec. 11Tristan da Silva, Sr., COLOMyles Rice, WSU
Dec. 18Sahvir Wheeler, Gr., WASHAndrej Stojakovic, STAN
Dec. 26Oumar Ballo, R-Sr., ARIZSebastian Mack, UCLA
Jan. 2Branden Carlson, Gr., UTAHKanaan Carlyle, STAN
Jan. 8Caleb Love, Sr., ARIZIsaiah Collier, USC
Jan. 15Isaac Jones, 5th, WSUMyles Rice, WSU
Jan. 22Deivon Smith, Sr., UTAHCody Williams, COLO
Jan. 29Jordan Pope, So., OSUMyles Rice, WSU
Feb. 5Dylan Andrews, So., UCLAMyles Rice, WSU
Feb. 12Pelle Larsson, Sr., ARIZMyles Rice, WSU
Feb. 19Isaac Jones, 5th, WSUMyles Rice, WSU
Feb. 26KJ Simpson, Jr., COLORueben Chinyelu, WSU

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