Arizona freshman Deandre Ayton has been named the Pac-12 Player of the Week following a pair of wins for the Wildcats. Ayton averaged 20.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game while shooting 62.1 percent from the floor for the week. The Nassau, Bahamas native becomes the second Wildcat to earn the conference honor this season, following Allonzo Trier’s winning of the first weekly honor of the year.
The big week from the freshman was punctuated by his 28 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks in Arizona’s overtime win at UNLV.
Ayton is currently one of only four players in the nation to average 20 points and 10 rebounds a game while shooting 60 percent or greater from the field. The freshman has tallied six double-doubles in the first eight games of his career, which places Ayton fifth in UA freshman history after the first month of the season.
The 7-foot-1-inch forward was an ESPN Preseason All-America Third Team member while also earning spots on watch lists for the John R. Wooden Award, Naismith Trophy and the Oscar Robertson Trophy. Ayton becomes the fourth UA freshman in as many seasons to be named Pac-12 Player of the Week, following Lauri Markkanen, Allonzo Trier and Stanley Johnson.
Information for this story came from Arizona’s Communications Office.