A few bad games doesn't undo a great season for Jorge Gutierrez, and it'll never undo the four years we got to watch him play. From a teenager with dreams of playing basketball in Chihuahua to becoming one of the best all-around college players in the land, it's been a fun ride with Jorge, and we've loved being a part of it all.
One of our most beloved players was honored with Pac-12 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year honors for another great all-around season.
GUTIERREZ becomes the sixth Cal player to earn Pac-12 Player of the Year, and first since 2010, joining Jason Kidd (1994), Shareef Abdur-Rahim (1996), Ed Gray (1997), Sean Lampley (2001), and Jerome Randle (2010). Gutierrez was second on the team in scoring (12.9 ppg/12th in Pac-12), led the Golden Bears in steals (36 total, 1.2 spg/12th in Pac-12) and is 9th in the Pac-12 in defensive rebounds with an average of 4.5. He is the active Pac-12 career leader for assists (408), is second in steals (145) and is third for points (1,189).
Gutierrez made his second straight All-Pac team, and also won defensive player of the year honors. Jorge is the first player ever in conference history to earn both honors.
As noted above, GUTIERREZ was key on defense for the Golden Bears this year, who allowed their opponents only 61.2 points per game overall. As a team, Cal is in the league top-three for field goal percentage defense (.408), three-point percentage defense (.324) and rebounding defense (30.5). Gutierrez led the team in steals (36 total, 1.2 spg/12th in Pac-12) and is 9th in the Pac-12 in defensive rebounds with an average of 4.5. He is the second Cal player to earn the honor, with Butch Hays getting the award in 1984.
Gutierrez made his third straight All-Pac defensive team.
Jorge was joined by Allen Crabbe on the first team, and Harper Kamp made the second team. Justin Cobbs got honorable mention. David Kravish also made the All Pac-12 freshman team. The starting five deserved all the accolades they received for putting us in position to win a conference championship.
It's been a rough few weeks, but kudos to this team for playing at their limit, and Viva Jorge!