Update: Congratulations to Jaylen Brown for being named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year!
Original: Jaylen Brown and Ivan Rabb were honored big time by the Pac-12 today. The Cal super freshman were brought in to restore the roar to Haas Pavillion, and in one year have brought the Bears from no postseason to a very comfortable NCAA tournament berth and a 3rd place Pac-12 finish.
Brown was named first team All Pac-12, the only freshman to receive that honor; it's probably a safe bet to imagine Brown will be named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year later today. The announcement will be tonight at 6 p.m on Pac-12 Networks.
Rabb was named second team All Pac-12, only one of two freshman to receive that honor. Tyrone Wallace finished as an All Pac-12 honorable mention; I think it's safe to say that if Wallace had played a full season, he probably would have made one of these two teams.
Both Brown and Rabb also received all Pac-12 freshman team honors.
Here is the full release from Cal Athletics.
BERKELEY - Three Golden Bears - Jaylen Brown, Ivan Rabb and Tyrone Wallace - have earned All-Pac-12 honors from the league's coaches in recognition for their outstanding 2015-16 season with the Golden Bears.
Brown, a 6-7 freshman forward from Atlanta, Georgia, was named first-team All-Pac-12, while 6-11 freshman forward Ivan Rabb out of Oakland was chosen to the second team and 6-5 senior guard Tyrone Wallace from Bakersfield was an honorable mention selection. Brown and Rabb were also tabbed for the Pac-12 All-Freshman squad.
Brown is contributing a team-high 15.3 ppg along with 5.6 rpg this year. He owns a high of 27 points vs. both Richmond and Utah and has four double-doubles. One of five finalists for the Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award, his scoring average is third all-time among Cal freshmen behind only Shareef Abdur-Rahim (21.1 ppg in 1995-96) and Ryan Anderson (16.3 ppg in 2006-07). Brown has reached double figures in 26 of 31 games and has paced the Bears in scoring eight times, most recently in Cal's home finale against USC when he tallied 20 points.
Brown is the first Cal freshman to be named first-team all-conference since Leon Powe in 2003-04.
Rabb is contributing 12.2 ppg and a Cal-best 8.4 rpg. He's also shooting 60.5 percent from the floor and is trying to become the first Bear to shoot at least 60 percent for a full season since Solomon Hughes in 2001-02. Rabb leads the team with nine double-doubles and 36 blocked shots. He also needs just 10 more rebounds to tie Anderson's Cal freshman record of 269. Rabb scored a high of 20 points in a home victory over Arizona State in January and set his personal best with 14 rebounds at Washington.
Wallace, a first-team All-Pac-12 selection as a junior last season, averages 15.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 4.3 apg. He is coming off a 24-point effort in Cal's regular-season finale at Arizona State this past Saturday, a total that tied his season high. For his career, Wallace, who missed five games during the year with a broken bone in his right hand, is the only player to rank among Cal's top 10 in scoring, assists and steals and top 15 in rebounding. He enters next week's Pac-12 Tournament with 1,591 points, which is ninth all-time at the school.
Brown and Rabb become the 22nd and 23rd Bears to earn all-freshman accolades and the fourth tandem, joining Chris Washington and Kevin Johnson in 1984; Jamal Sampson and Amit Tamir in 2002; and Leon Powe and Marquise Kately in 2004.
Cal, which is 22-9 overall and earned the third seed in the Pac-12 Tournament with a 12-6 league mark, next plays in the Pac-12 quarterfinals vs. either Oregon State or Arizona State at 8:45 p.m. Thursday.