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Ivan Rabb named to All-Pac-12 first team


NCAA Basketball: Arizona at California Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

Ivan Rabb was one of four Golden Bears honored with all Pac-12 honors, earning his spot on the All Pac-12 First Team. This is Rabb’s second straight year on an All Pac-12 squad. He made the second team last year.

Rabb had 16 double-doubles and averaged 14.3 points and 10.6 rebounds on the season. With three more double-doubles, he will have the most double-doubles in the last two decades of Cal basketball in only two seasons, passing Sean Lampley (30) and Leon Powe (29). Rabb was one of the nation’s most consistent rebounders with a 25.9% defensive rebounding rate (top 40 in the nation)

Three other Cal Bears earned high honors, although none of them made a team. Jabari Bird made All Pac-12 Honorable Mention. Bird was Cal’s second leading scorer, averaging 14.2 points per game and 5.0 rebounds per game. Kingsley Okoroh earned All-Defensive Honorable Mention; his 10.8 block percentage was 14th in the nation. Charlie Moore was a Pac-12 All-Freshman honorable mention, averaging 12.3 points per game and 3.7 assists per game.

Below is the full release from Cal Athletics.

The Oakland, Calif. product also led Cal in conference play with a 14.1 scoring average, and ranked second among the conference’s leaders in both offensive rebounds (3.1 per game) and defensive rebounds (7.6 per game). In Pac-12 play, he notched 11.4 rebounds per game, including five games with 14 or more rebounds and a career-high 20 at then-No. 4 UCLA.

Bird picks up his first all-conference honor on the heels of his best season as a Golden Bear. The senior has upped his offensive production from a then-career-high 10.5 points per game in 2014-15 to 14.2 ppg this year, including a team-best six 20-point games. Bird currently ranks sixth in the Cal record books for career three-pointers made (180) and fourth for three-point attempts (489), and is four triples away from breaking into the top 10 for single-season three-pointers made. He is fourth in the Pac-12 in three-pointers made

The sole owner of No. 2 among Cal’s single-season blocked shots records, Okoroh earned All-Defensive honorable mention status with 64 blocks to date, a number that ranks third in the Pac-12 across regular-season play. He also ranks 13th for offensive rebounds, averaging 2.2 per game.

Moore established himself in the point guard role early on, willing Cal to victory against UC Irvine with a school freshman-record 38 points – a number that still stands as the most by and Pac-12 player this season, and the fourth-highest total by any freshman in conference history. Moore is averaging 12.3 points and has already broken into Cal’s top 10 in the freshman records for assists (5th, 110), free throws made (91) and total points (10th, 368).

Oregon’s Dillon Brooks was named Pac-12 Player of the Year, and teammate Jordan Bell picked up Defensive Player of the Year. UCLA’s Lonzo Ball earned Freshman of the Year and USC’s Chimezie Metu was selected as Most Improved. Arizona head coach Sean Miller was voted the John R. Wooden Coach of the Year.