Washington's Terrence Ross says he feels "snubbed" after Cal's Jorge Gutierrez wins Pac-12 player of the year award
Washington's Terrence Ross and Tony Wroten were named to the 10-man Pac-12 all-conference team. Lorenzo Romar was coach of the year and Wroten was freshman of the year.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Pac-12 regular-season champion Washington captured a handful of conference postseason honors, including the coach of the year and freshman of the year awards.
However, one of the league's top prizes eluded the Huskies.
Washington had two player of the year candidates, sophomore guard Terrence Ross and freshman guard Tony Wroten Jr., but the Pac-12 coaches gave the award to California senior guard Jorge Gutierrez.
Ross said he felt "snubbed."
"I am a little surprised, but congratulations to Gutierrez," he said in a statement released by the school. "He is a great player and has helped Cal out a lot. You can see it in their record."
Ross said he hadn't given a lot of thought to the player of the year award while he focused on helping the Huskies (21-9, 14-4) finish ahead of Cal (23-8, 13-5) to win their second outright regular-season conference title since 1953.
Still, the top-seeded Huskies said they'll use the snub as extra incentive to win a third straight Pac-12 tournament title this week in Los Angeles.
"We can use it as motivation," Wroten said in a statement. "I for sure thought Terrence was going to get player of the year. Gutierrez is a good player and has been here for a long time, but I felt like Terrence did enough to where he was player of the year.
"To top it off, we won the conference so I thought Terrence would get it. It is what it is and our goal is to win the conference championship."
Ross and Wroten, who were selected to the 10-man first-team all-conference squad, were among five Huskies who received postseason honors.
Lorenzo Romar claimed the coach of the year award, while Wroten was voted the freshman of the year and chosen to the all-freshman team.
Junior center Aziz N'Diaye was selected to the all-defensive team and sophomore guard C.J. Wilcox received honorable mention all-conference.
Washington State junior Brock Motum was a first-team pick as well as the most improved player. Motum finished the regular season second in the Pac-12 in scoring (18.1).
Washington State junior Reggie Moore, a Rainier Beach High product, was honorable mention. Marcus Capers was honorable mention all-defensive and DaVonté Lacy of Curtis High in Tacoma was honorable mention all-freshman.
Romar also won the coach of the year in 2005 and '09, and trails only seven-time winner Lute Olson and Mike Montgomery (four).
On his weekly radio show Monday, Romar said he wishes he could trade his award to have either Ross or Wroten win the player of the year honor.
"Terrence Ross and Tony Wroten did a whole lot for our team this year," he said. "They were recognized on the all-conference team, which I think is great. But I think they did a little more than that."
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